Tip Top Cafe

★★★☆☆
  • 2814 Fredericksburg Rd

    San Antonio, TX 78201

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  • 210-735-2222

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By far the best chicken fried steak around...and the gravy..oh the gravy. It compliments the steak in such a way. There baked potatoes, fries, and rolls are delicious. Only thing is remember to bring a check or cash. They don't take debit

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★★★★★

By far the best chicken fried steak around...and the gravy..oh the gravy. It compliments the steak in such a way. There baked potatoes, fries, and rolls are delicious. Only thing is remember to bring a check or cash. They don't take debit

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What A DIVE!!\r
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I saw this place featured on Triple D (Diner's Drive-ins and Dives) It may have been good then, but 5 years can change a lot! Even though they brag about the comfort food, I found nothing comforting in this place.

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★★★★★

What A DIVE!!\r
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I saw this place featured on Triple D (Diner's Drive-ins and Dives) It may have been good then, but 5 years can change a lot! Even though they brag about the comfort food, I found nothing comforting in this place.

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Eaten here on more than one occasion and have never left impressed or satisfied. Food was not worth the hype.

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★☆☆☆☆

Eaten here on more than one occasion and have never left impressed or satisfied. Food was not worth the hype.

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Great homecooking and the pies are wonderful. Service staff was very attentive. You may have to wait a little bit but it is worth the time. One comment is that the fried chicken was crispy but lacked seasoning in the coating. Great onion rings!!

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★★★☆☆

Great homecooking and the pies are wonderful. Service staff was very attentive. You may have to wait a little bit but it is worth the time. One comment is that the fried chicken was crispy but lacked seasoning in the coating. Great onion rings!!

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My family ate here while we were vacationing in San Antonio. I had done a lot of research, trying to find out where the locals ate, and this place kept coming up as great. I must have missed something, because we were not impressed at all. The large stack of onion rings the people at the next table over ordered looked good, but they should have for almost $10.00!

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★☆☆☆☆

My family ate here while we were vacationing in San Antonio. I had done a lot of research, trying to find out where the locals ate, and this place kept coming up as great. I must have missed something, because we were not impressed at all. The large stack of onion rings the people at the next table over ordered looked good, but they should have for almost $10.00!

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I'm a bit surprised by the negative reviews Tip Top has gotten here since they were on Triple D. I have enjoyed eating here since the mid-90s, and not a thing has changed since I started eating at Tip Top.\r\n\r\nFor starters, I'm a huge fan of their onion rings. Tip Top is one of the few places that doesn't just completely drown their rings in batter. I like that the sweetness of the onion comes through loud and clear in their rings instead of the taste of oil and salt one usually associates with the appetizer.\r\n\r\nTheir chicken-fried steak is heavily battered, but I have no complaints there because that's how I like it best. The gravy they put under it is delicious too and the portion size is pretty generous in addition. I can live without the fries they serve with it though. \r\n\r\nI have also tried their fried chicken and came away impressed; juicy inside, crispy outside. The cheese enchiladas are pretty solid; a bit greasy with lots of cheese, but still good. \r\n\r\nTheir homemade pies are pretty solid too, but I almost never have room for desert because of the size of the plates and my need to get rings whenever I go.\r\n\r\nThe only entree I have tried that I didn't care for was their seafood platter; it's breaded way too heavily and ends up tasting like the overly salted deep-fried stuff you'd get at a Long John Silver's.\r\n\r\nAll in all though, I'd highly recommend Tip Top as an excellent place to grab a chicken-fried steak and a rootbeer float.\r\n

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★★★★☆

I'm a bit surprised by the negative reviews Tip Top has gotten here since they were on Triple D. I have enjoyed eating here since the mid-90s, and not a thing has changed since I started eating at Tip Top.\r\n\r\nFor starters, I'm a huge fan of their onion rings. Tip Top is one of the few places that doesn't just completely drown their rings in batter. I like that the sweetness of the onion comes through loud and clear in their rings instead of the taste of oil and salt one usually associates with the appetizer.\r\n\r\nTheir chicken-fried steak is heavily battered, but I have no complaints there because that's how I like it best. The gravy they put under it is delicious too and the portion size is pretty generous in addition. I can live without the fries they serve with it though. \r\n\r\nI have also tried their fried chicken and came away impressed; juicy inside, crispy outside. The cheese enchiladas are pretty solid; a bit greasy with lots of cheese, but still good. \r\n\r\nTheir homemade pies are pretty solid too, but I almost never have room for desert because of the size of the plates and my need to get rings whenever I go.\r\n\r\nThe only entree I have tried that I didn't care for was their seafood platter; it's breaded way too heavily and ends up tasting like the overly salted deep-fried stuff you'd get at a Long John Silver's.\r\n\r\nAll in all though, I'd highly recommend Tip Top as an excellent place to grab a chicken-fried steak and a rootbeer float.\r\n

Pros: Delicious chicken fried steak, fried chicken, and onion ring

Cons: They sell bottled sodas, so no refills.

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I had the displeasure of dining there the day DDD filmed there. I had been reading some reviews at another forum and the day I decide to go, the Food Nework is there filming. ""Great!"" a friend and I thought. \n\nThere was a line, it looked promising. We were seated within 10 mins no biggie, I've waited longer. The staff was a little slow, but we excused them bc the filming crew had the whole place crowded. We tried to ignore all the fuss going on and ordered a plate of onion rings. Now there are quite a few people singing the high praises of the onion rings I just knew this was going to a mutli-mouthgasmic experience. Instead I felt like a lover who got the short end of the stick...pun intended. The onions ring although plentiful, were lacking ANY kind of seasonings. It was a huge let down. I went on to order the fried chicken, because this looks like the type of place Grandma is in the back carefully soaking chicken in buttermilk. It was more like poor Granny was in the back slumped over a deep freezer trying her best to chisel chicken out of a pre-battered box. The portion was huge, but again lackluster, the mashed potatoes, we just mashed potatoes nothing fancy. The salad, iceberg with an obligatory sprinkling of carrot and red cabbage. Depressing right? \n\nMy friend ordered the CFS, which was also the main reason we decided to patron Tip Top. It came ""plate-sized"" as many had promised. They failed to mention that if my eyes were closed had I taken a bite out of the plate I wouldn't know the difference. The CFS was bland, and the batter way too thick. The batter to meat ration was way off in favor of the batter. Ungodly I thought, but the locals seemed to be enjoying their dinners. It must've been the cameras right? Or perhaps I should've gathered from the large Golden Girls crowd the food would reflect that theme. \n\nI tried back a few months later, hoping I had been wrong about this local San Antonio institute...but to my avail, the same tasteless over sized food. \n\nI'm beginning to think the larger the portion the better some SAntonians think the food taste. \n\nQuality people....def not quantity!

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★☆☆☆☆

I had the displeasure of dining there the day DDD filmed there. I had been reading some reviews at another forum and the day I decide to go, the Food Nework is there filming. ""Great!"" a friend and I thought. \n\nThere was a line, it looked promising. We were seated within 10 mins no biggie, I've waited longer. The staff was a little slow, but we excused them bc the filming crew had the whole place crowded. We tried to ignore all the fuss going on and ordered a plate of onion rings. Now there are quite a few people singing the high praises of the onion rings I just knew this was going to a mutli-mouthgasmic experience. Instead I felt like a lover who got the short end of the stick...pun intended. The onions ring although plentiful, were lacking ANY kind of seasonings. It was a huge let down. I went on to order the fried chicken, because this looks like the type of place Grandma is in the back carefully soaking chicken in buttermilk. It was more like poor Granny was in the back slumped over a deep freezer trying her best to chisel chicken out of a pre-battered box. The portion was huge, but again lackluster, the mashed potatoes, we just mashed potatoes nothing fancy. The salad, iceberg with an obligatory sprinkling of carrot and red cabbage. Depressing right? \n\nMy friend ordered the CFS, which was also the main reason we decided to patron Tip Top. It came ""plate-sized"" as many had promised. They failed to mention that if my eyes were closed had I taken a bite out of the plate I wouldn't know the difference. The CFS was bland, and the batter way too thick. The batter to meat ration was way off in favor of the batter. Ungodly I thought, but the locals seemed to be enjoying their dinners. It must've been the cameras right? Or perhaps I should've gathered from the large Golden Girls crowd the food would reflect that theme. \n\nI tried back a few months later, hoping I had been wrong about this local San Antonio institute...but to my avail, the same tasteless over sized food. \n\nI'm beginning to think the larger the portion the better some SAntonians think the food taste. \n\nQuality people....def not quantity!

Pros: Old Timey decor

Cons: The food

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After seeing on Diners Drive-ins and Dives from the food network we made the trip across town to try this place. We expected it to be really good, since it was featured on the food network. I did check website first and knew it was cash only, so I was prepared for that. Our family of 4 was sat in a really tiny booth, and served bottled and canned drinks...Had onion rings to start....no flavor...there was no kids menu, just ordered grilled cheese sandwiches for kids...had to but them happy meals on the way home.. My enchiladas were okay, nothing special, I could make them at home. My husband was not thrilled with his food either. The apple pie was down right disgusting!!!! Chocolate ice box pie was the only good thing and the 4 of us shared it...We will not be returning!

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★★☆☆☆

After seeing on Diners Drive-ins and Dives from the food network we made the trip across town to try this place. We expected it to be really good, since it was featured on the food network. I did check website first and knew it was cash only, so I was prepared for that. Our family of 4 was sat in a really tiny booth, and served bottled and canned drinks...Had onion rings to start....no flavor...there was no kids menu, just ordered grilled cheese sandwiches for kids...had to but them happy meals on the way home.. My enchiladas were okay, nothing special, I could make them at home. My husband was not thrilled with his food either. The apple pie was down right disgusting!!!! Chocolate ice box pie was the only good thing and the 4 of us shared it...We will not be returning!

Pros: prices not too bad

Cons: cash only, no kids menu

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When we first walked in, we noticed the ""Cash Only"" sign. Wish we would have known that when we went to the bank and deposited everything we had before going to eat here. Lucky I had my emergency $25 hidden in my wallet.\nI had the Country Fried Steak Sandwich. I figured it's a sandwich with their famous CFS, so why not. With every bite I could feel the moisture in my mouth getting sucked dry. My husband had the ""famous"" Country Fried Steak Platter, and it was better, because at least it had gravy to combat the dryness. I wish they could be more generous with the gravy, because it really needed it.\nI love Japanese Chicken Katsu and I like Milanesa, and the Country Fried Steak doesn't compare. I'm used to having a somewhat thick layer of batter, but Tip Top's steak's batter is almost pancake thick. I could barely tell the steak was there.

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★★☆☆☆

When we first walked in, we noticed the ""Cash Only"" sign. Wish we would have known that when we went to the bank and deposited everything we had before going to eat here. Lucky I had my emergency $25 hidden in my wallet.\nI had the Country Fried Steak Sandwich. I figured it's a sandwich with their famous CFS, so why not. With every bite I could feel the moisture in my mouth getting sucked dry. My husband had the ""famous"" Country Fried Steak Platter, and it was better, because at least it had gravy to combat the dryness. I wish they could be more generous with the gravy, because it really needed it.\nI love Japanese Chicken Katsu and I like Milanesa, and the Country Fried Steak doesn't compare. I'm used to having a somewhat thick layer of batter, but Tip Top's steak's batter is almost pancake thick. I could barely tell the steak was there.

Pros: ...

Cons: Cash Only

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If possible, I would have given this dump a 1/2 star.\r\n\r\nNostalgic, Historic, Landmark? \r\nIf I want something archaic, I'll defrost it from my deep freeze.\r\n\r\nThe VERY WORST THING ABOUT THIS PLACE IS THE WAITRESSES. Some idiot wrote a comment about the ""waiters"" here. There are no waiters here, ONLY waitresses! And they are the bottom of the barrell. The only thing they can read is the menu, they're toothless, and the can only find their way to two places: work to the TipTop when they wake up, and the trailor park after work.\r\n\r\nWHAT A DUMP!!!!\r\n\r\n

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★☆☆☆☆

If possible, I would have given this dump a 1/2 star.\r\n\r\nNostalgic, Historic, Landmark? \r\nIf I want something archaic, I'll defrost it from my deep freeze.\r\n\r\nThe VERY WORST THING ABOUT THIS PLACE IS THE WAITRESSES. Some idiot wrote a comment about the ""waiters"" here. There are no waiters here, ONLY waitresses! And they are the bottom of the barrell. The only thing they can read is the menu, they're toothless, and the can only find their way to two places: work to the TipTop when they wake up, and the trailor park after work.\r\n\r\nWHAT A DUMP!!!!\r\n\r\n

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My family and a group of friends had the pleasure of eating at DeWese's Tip Top Cafe this past weekend.\r\nMy husband and I travel quite a bit and love eating good food. My husband has always said never eat at a restaurant where you don't see a lot of cars. Yes it was packed and we were willing to wait. The cafe was packed the waiter was very very nice. The owner came over to our table and greeted us. She made us feel right at home. She also brought the chef out and he greeted us also.\r\n The chicken fried steaks was enormous. I can't eat onion rings boy I had to try these, ENJOYED them! I found something different,my gray was under the steak and potatoes it was great. We travel to San Antoinio twice a year for business and this is where we will eat each and every time.\r\n I think that it was great The Food Network featured this cafe it is a great place because of the people work there and the great food. (Next time I think I will try their shrimp)

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★★★★★

My family and a group of friends had the pleasure of eating at DeWese's Tip Top Cafe this past weekend.\r\nMy husband and I travel quite a bit and love eating good food. My husband has always said never eat at a restaurant where you don't see a lot of cars. Yes it was packed and we were willing to wait. The cafe was packed the waiter was very very nice. The owner came over to our table and greeted us. She made us feel right at home. She also brought the chef out and he greeted us also.\r\n The chicken fried steaks was enormous. I can't eat onion rings boy I had to try these, ENJOYED them! I found something different,my gray was under the steak and potatoes it was great. We travel to San Antoinio twice a year for business and this is where we will eat each and every time.\r\n I think that it was great The Food Network featured this cafe it is a great place because of the people work there and the great food. (Next time I think I will try their shrimp)

Pros: service was good as well as the food

Cons: big crowd need more parking, great place need to expand

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We are two local Chef's who dine all over the San Antonio and Austin area in search for the best foods that locals or travelers can dine at. This time we were in search for the best chicken fried steak and ended up at Tip Top Cafe because of all the hype they get. Unfortunately, it was the worst money spent. We walked into a packed lunch not knowing what we were in for. We can personaly tell you, it was not much at all. We ordered the fried onion rings to start. First off, the onions were over fried. the batter was falling off. Even bland with no flavor at all. We sat waiting hoping the next course would be better, the chicken fried steak. It finally came. We got the gravy on the side with mash potatoes. The plate came with a side salad. What bothered both of us was the small salad was on the same plate as the somewhat semi warm chicken fried steak, so the salad got nasty warm. The meat was very bland and extremely dry. The batter had no flavor as well as the very small portion of instant powdered mash potatoes(nasty). The corn bread was so dry(like eating a hockey puck)not even the butter made it moist. We were very rushed and not treated at all like you would expect. Like people on a bad roller coaster, get them in, get them out. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME DINING THERE, THE ABSOLUTE WORST DINING EXPERIENCE, AND WE CAN GUARANTEE IT WILL BE THE LAST TIME WE EVER SET FOOT IN TIP TOP'S CAFE! \r\n\r\nYour Friends,\r\nChef Eric Valdez. & Chef Ruben Montemayor.\r\nIf you have any questions about local restaurants in San Antonio please contact us on myspace.

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★☆☆☆☆

We are two local Chef's who dine all over the San Antonio and Austin area in search for the best foods that locals or travelers can dine at. This time we were in search for the best chicken fried steak and ended up at Tip Top Cafe because of all the hype they get. Unfortunately, it was the worst money spent. We walked into a packed lunch not knowing what we were in for. We can personaly tell you, it was not much at all. We ordered the fried onion rings to start. First off, the onions were over fried. the batter was falling off. Even bland with no flavor at all. We sat waiting hoping the next course would be better, the chicken fried steak. It finally came. We got the gravy on the side with mash potatoes. The plate came with a side salad. What bothered both of us was the small salad was on the same plate as the somewhat semi warm chicken fried steak, so the salad got nasty warm. The meat was very bland and extremely dry. The batter had no flavor as well as the very small portion of instant powdered mash potatoes(nasty). The corn bread was so dry(like eating a hockey puck)not even the butter made it moist. We were very rushed and not treated at all like you would expect. Like people on a bad roller coaster, get them in, get them out. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME DINING THERE, THE ABSOLUTE WORST DINING EXPERIENCE, AND WE CAN GUARANTEE IT WILL BE THE LAST TIME WE EVER SET FOOT IN TIP TOP'S CAFE! \r\n\r\nYour Friends,\r\nChef Eric Valdez. & Chef Ruben Montemayor.\r\nIf you have any questions about local restaurants in San Antonio please contact us on myspace.

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Featured on the Food Network(Dinner's and Drive Inn's) Guy Fieri praised the Roast Pork and said "" I now know what I am going to cook for my family at Thanksgiving"". As a longtime customer I can assure you that the food is the best in SA. The food is made from scratch(they even cut their own beef)and prepared with love and recipes that have been in place since the place opened some 70 yrs ago in the same place. There is no place in San Antonio or for many other cities in Texas that have the best chicken fried steak( which is almost hangs over the large plate) and the onion rings are tasty and piled as high as a ten gallon hat. The staff is very friendly and act as one big happy family. The prices have not really changed as much as the years have gone by and are downright reasonable. All in all one the best places for good ole fashioned homemade Texas comfort food.

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★★★★★

Featured on the Food Network(Dinner's and Drive Inn's) Guy Fieri praised the Roast Pork and said "" I now know what I am going to cook for my family at Thanksgiving"". As a longtime customer I can assure you that the food is the best in SA. The food is made from scratch(they even cut their own beef)and prepared with love and recipes that have been in place since the place opened some 70 yrs ago in the same place. There is no place in San Antonio or for many other cities in Texas that have the best chicken fried steak( which is almost hangs over the large plate) and the onion rings are tasty and piled as high as a ten gallon hat. The staff is very friendly and act as one big happy family. The prices have not really changed as much as the years have gone by and are downright reasonable. All in all one the best places for good ole fashioned homemade Texas comfort food.

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The waitresses are rude - at best indifferent. They look like something from Deliverance. The food is SO greasy, your arteries will clog within a few hours.\r\n\r\nI was told it had the best chicken-fried steak in town, but I?ve had just as good at Luby?s Earl Abel?s, or Grady's.\r\n\r\nWhy do so many people do business with this filth bin?\r\n

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★☆☆☆☆

The waitresses are rude - at best indifferent. They look like something from Deliverance. The food is SO greasy, your arteries will clog within a few hours.\r\n\r\nI was told it had the best chicken-fried steak in town, but I?ve had just as good at Luby?s Earl Abel?s, or Grady's.\r\n\r\nWhy do so many people do business with this filth bin?\r\n

Pros: Cannot think of one.

Cons: Out house restrooms.

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My husband and I stopped in here on 10/5/08. We had to stand in line outside to wait for a table. I saw this restaurant featured on the Food Network's show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Therefore, I was expecting the food to be great, but it wasn't. I make better food at home. We ordered sodas and we were served a 12-oz can Diet Coke and an 8-oz bottled Dr. Pepper. So there are no fountain drinks here. We had an order of onion rings as an appetizer. We were pleasantly surprised with the quantity of the order and the size of the rings themselves. They used a mild onion and the rings were crispy, but they lacked flavor (no seasoning that we could taste). I had the chicken fried steak dinner, which comes with French fries, garden salad and a roll. The chicken fried steak was large in size, but the taste could have been much better. If they used salt and pepper while cooking it, I would be completely surprised. The gravy tasted as though it was made from scratch and I thought it was good. The fries were obviously frozen and I don't think the roll was made from scratch either. The salad was on the same plate as everything else and contained no tomatoes. I had the house dressing on it and thought it was better than our waitress described. My hubby ordered a cheeseburger, which we expected would be big in size, but it was just an average size. While the patty was tender, it had no seasoning he could taste. He told me he's had comparable burgers out of vending machines before. On a positive note, the prices are reasonable and all of the staff was friendly. This is a family restaurant, which started in 1938 and has been passed down to future generations. With the decor, stepping inside here was like going back in time. The history and nostalgia was the best part of our dining experience. I seriously doubt we'll ever go back. Sorry Guy Fieri, but we were very disappointed in the food here.

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★★★☆☆

My husband and I stopped in here on 10/5/08. We had to stand in line outside to wait for a table. I saw this restaurant featured on the Food Network's show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Therefore, I was expecting the food to be great, but it wasn't. I make better food at home. We ordered sodas and we were served a 12-oz can Diet Coke and an 8-oz bottled Dr. Pepper. So there are no fountain drinks here. We had an order of onion rings as an appetizer. We were pleasantly surprised with the quantity of the order and the size of the rings themselves. They used a mild onion and the rings were crispy, but they lacked flavor (no seasoning that we could taste). I had the chicken fried steak dinner, which comes with French fries, garden salad and a roll. The chicken fried steak was large in size, but the taste could have been much better. If they used salt and pepper while cooking it, I would be completely surprised. The gravy tasted as though it was made from scratch and I thought it was good. The fries were obviously frozen and I don't think the roll was made from scratch either. The salad was on the same plate as everything else and contained no tomatoes. I had the house dressing on it and thought it was better than our waitress described. My hubby ordered a cheeseburger, which we expected would be big in size, but it was just an average size. While the patty was tender, it had no seasoning he could taste. He told me he's had comparable burgers out of vending machines before. On a positive note, the prices are reasonable and all of the staff was friendly. This is a family restaurant, which started in 1938 and has been passed down to future generations. With the decor, stepping inside here was like going back in time. The history and nostalgia was the best part of our dining experience. I seriously doubt we'll ever go back. Sorry Guy Fieri, but we were very disappointed in the food here.

Pros: History & nostalgia

Cons: Taste of food, area of town, small parking lot, restrooms out behind the bldg

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This is the kind of place a more 'mature' crowd are the regulars. My boyfriend stated, ""you don't want to go back there very often or you will start to look like everyone there."" (There were some people there who looked as though they were handicapped from their obesity.)--I thought that was a little harsh, but everything was pretty loaded--even the side salad (which was warm nor was it crisp) and drenched in ranch dressing and was partially mixed with the gravy from the chicken fried steak. The portions are huge and I wished I had only gotten a 1/2 of the regular portion. Oh yes, they only take cash or checks. I guess that is what makes this place so charming?!? Anyway, I probably won't go back because we had to wait for our table and the food was average, not great.

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★★★☆☆

This is the kind of place a more 'mature' crowd are the regulars. My boyfriend stated, ""you don't want to go back there very often or you will start to look like everyone there."" (There were some people there who looked as though they were handicapped from their obesity.)--I thought that was a little harsh, but everything was pretty loaded--even the side salad (which was warm nor was it crisp) and drenched in ranch dressing and was partially mixed with the gravy from the chicken fried steak. The portions are huge and I wished I had only gotten a 1/2 of the regular portion. Oh yes, they only take cash or checks. I guess that is what makes this place so charming?!? Anyway, I probably won't go back because we had to wait for our table and the food was average, not great.

Pros: Average food at an OK price

Cons: Crowded and sloppy presentation of food

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Okay...so the diners and dives food channel recommened this as a great place for home cooking. I have already sent them my disappointment in their recommend. No flavor in the chicken fried steak. My husband actually was sick to his stomach after. I ordered the soup which tasted like it had been warmed over several times. The service was slow and the cashier seemed annoyed that it was so busy. Please save your time and money........Not worth the gas to drive there!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Okay...so the diners and dives food channel recommened this as a great place for home cooking. I have already sent them my disappointment in their recommend. No flavor in the chicken fried steak. My husband actually was sick to his stomach after. I ordered the soup which tasted like it had been warmed over several times. The service was slow and the cashier seemed annoyed that it was so busy. Please save your time and money........Not worth the gas to drive there!!!!!!

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This place has got one of the best chicken fried steaks in the city. I am not much of a dessert person but i absolutely love the banana cream pie. I would highly recommend this place. Be prepared for a small crowded restaurant though.

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★★★★☆

This place has got one of the best chicken fried steaks in the city. I am not much of a dessert person but i absolutely love the banana cream pie. I would highly recommend this place. Be prepared for a small crowded restaurant though.

Pros: good food, average price

Cons: small & crowded

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I took my family and we're wondering what the hype is all about? We waited in line 30 minutes, then waited another 20 minutes to get served, then waited another 30 minutes to finally get our food. The onion rings came late, they have no refills on the soda or lemonade (a sign of stinginess and poor customer service), they were out of all their desserts except for pineapple upside down cake (poor prep work and planning), and we felt ignored as customers. The much-raved-about chicken fried steak was decent, but not awesome by any means. They also gave me a tiny scoop of mashed potatoes on my plate and barely any gravy under the CFS. Suggestion, guys: less CFS and more potatoes and gravy. Oh, and they don't take credit/debit cards. This place wouldn't survive w/o its locals and its vaunted, unwarranted rep. This new resident was unimpressed. GRADE: B+

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★★★☆☆

I took my family and we're wondering what the hype is all about? We waited in line 30 minutes, then waited another 20 minutes to get served, then waited another 30 minutes to finally get our food. The onion rings came late, they have no refills on the soda or lemonade (a sign of stinginess and poor customer service), they were out of all their desserts except for pineapple upside down cake (poor prep work and planning), and we felt ignored as customers. The much-raved-about chicken fried steak was decent, but not awesome by any means. They also gave me a tiny scoop of mashed potatoes on my plate and barely any gravy under the CFS. Suggestion, guys: less CFS and more potatoes and gravy. Oh, and they don't take credit/debit cards. This place wouldn't survive w/o its locals and its vaunted, unwarranted rep. This new resident was unimpressed. GRADE: B+

Cons: small parking lot, doesn't take credit/debit cards, slow service, no drink refills

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The Chicken Fried Steak at Tip Top is the best you will find anywhere. It's cheap and there is plenty of it to make you feel beyond full. There is always a line but it seems to go rather quickly, as they have thier system pretty down-pat. THe salad leaves something to be desired and parking can be a pain during the lunch rush, but who cares? It's the best CFS in town and worth any and all inconveniences to eat there.

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★★★★★

The Chicken Fried Steak at Tip Top is the best you will find anywhere. It's cheap and there is plenty of it to make you feel beyond full. There is always a line but it seems to go rather quickly, as they have thier system pretty down-pat. THe salad leaves something to be desired and parking can be a pain during the lunch rush, but who cares? It's the best CFS in town and worth any and all inconveniences to eat there.

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This place hasn't changed much in the last fifty years. The bathrooms are outside behind the restaurant. Good food but don't expect much more than that.

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This place hasn't changed much in the last fifty years. The bathrooms are outside behind the restaurant. Good food but don't expect much more than that.

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This place has been here for 67 years and is home to the biggest and best chicken fried steak anywhere! The prices are reasonable and the service is excellent.

PROS: Great food
CONS: N/A

4
★★★★☆

This place has been here for 67 years and is home to the biggest and best chicken fried steak anywhere! The prices are reasonable and the service is excellent.

PROS: Great food
CONS: N/A

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This is a great place to dine if you're in the mood for down home cooking. I recomend the chicken fried steak or the half fried chicken, both cooked with some love. The onion rings are also a delight, and I don't like onions! For desert, they have a wide variety of pies to choose from on any given day. Because of the history of the restaurant, Tip Top makes a great eatery for those looking to fill up at a low price.

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★★★★★

This is a great place to dine if you're in the mood for down home cooking. I recomend the chicken fried steak or the half fried chicken, both cooked with some love. The onion rings are also a delight, and I don't like onions! For desert, they have a wide variety of pies to choose from on any given day. Because of the history of the restaurant, Tip Top makes a great eatery for those looking to fill up at a low price.

Pros: great bang for buck, atmosphere, variety of choice

Cons: not alot of parking, small inside, only one location

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This is a great place to dine if you're in the mood for down home cooking. I recomend the chicken fried steak or the half fried chicken, both cooked with some love. The onion rings are also a delight, and I don't like onions! For desert, they have a wide variety of pies to choose from on any given day. Because of the history of the restaurant, Tip Top makes a great eatery for those looking to fill up at a low price

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★★★★☆

This is a great place to dine if you're in the mood for down home cooking. I recomend the chicken fried steak or the half fried chicken, both cooked with some love. The onion rings are also a delight, and I don't like onions! For desert, they have a wide variety of pies to choose from on any given day. Because of the history of the restaurant, Tip Top makes a great eatery for those looking to fill up at a low price

Pros: atmosphere/prices, good food choices, city landmark

Cons: not a lot of space, hidden location, no more than one

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In addition to the best Chicken Fried Steak in Texas, these guys make onion rings to die for. The rings come piled high on a platter and are usually served like an appetizer with enough for two people. \n\nIf two people can eat all the onion rings and each finish off the Chicken Fried Steak, they have healthy appetites.\n\n

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★★★★☆

In addition to the best Chicken Fried Steak in Texas, these guys make onion rings to die for. The rings come piled high on a platter and are usually served like an appetizer with enough for two people. \n\nIf two people can eat all the onion rings and each finish off the Chicken Fried Steak, they have healthy appetites.\n\n

Pros: Inexpensive, Great food, blast to the past

Cons: more parking, crowded

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Great food, grumpy waiters. But that's the charm of the this San Antonio Landmark.

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★★★★☆

Great food, grumpy waiters. But that's the charm of the this San Antonio Landmark.

Pros: grumpy staff, great food, home cooking

Cons: grump staff, outside bathrooms

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Tip Top is a restaurant where the food is great all the time. You might have to wait to be seated but it will be worth it. If you're there, be sure and have the onion rings. They are awesome and one order will probably serve 3-5 people easy. Also, save room for a slice of pie. Everything at Tip Top is comfort food. The wait staff are also great . It will remind you of an old-fashioned diner.

2
★★★★★

Tip Top is a restaurant where the food is great all the time. You might have to wait to be seated but it will be worth it. If you're there, be sure and have the onion rings. They are awesome and one order will probably serve 3-5 people easy. Also, save room for a slice of pie. Everything at Tip Top is comfort food. The wait staff are also great . It will remind you of an old-fashioned diner.

Pros: Great value

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Go Retro! This place takes you back or makes you think of Happy Days on television, depending on your age. Everything is pure HOME COOKIN' at its best. Makes you want to kiss yo' mama or give Grandma a big hug. The ABSOLUTE BEST chicken fried steak and original gravy IN THE WORLD. I've tried but can't find better. THIS IS IT. Don't forget those mile-high onion rings!

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★★★★★

Go Retro! This place takes you back or makes you think of Happy Days on television, depending on your age. Everything is pure HOME COOKIN' at its best. Makes you want to kiss yo' mama or give Grandma a big hug. The ABSOLUTE BEST chicken fried steak and original gravy IN THE WORLD. I've tried but can't find better. THIS IS IT. Don't forget those mile-high onion rings!

Pros: Inexpensive, Retro Ambience, Authentic Home-Style

Cons: Nowhere to wait, Crowded Foyer

 

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