Jan 23, 2024 - Food and Drink

San Antonio's Gino's Deli is a top 10 spot in Yelp's U.S. list

Two sandwiches, stuffed with deli meat and various toppings, sit on pieces of aluminum foil.

Two bundles of goodness. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

Local gem Gino's Deli, known for its long list of sandwiches and hospitality, is No. 9 on Yelp's Top 100 Restaurants for 2024.

What's happening: The collection was released Monday with spots dotting the U.S., from Tumerico, a Latin vegetarian restaurant in Tucson, Arizona, to the Dish Cafe in Daniels, West Virginia.

Context: Owner Aleem Chaudhry brought his Brooklyn-style deli experience to the small sandwich shop near Shavano Park, which shares space with a convenience store, in 2011.

  • It's since become a local institution with a trophy cabinet of accolades.

What they did: Yelp combined submissions, ratings, review volume and community input to build the list.

Zoom out: Arizona, Florida and Texas accounted for 30% of the 2024 list.

Zoom in: Mr. A-Ok's Kitchen, a soul food restaurant near Windcrest, is also ranked at No. 77.

Flashback: It's the first time since 2020 that a San Antonio restaurant has made the national list.

  • Gino's Deli was included that year and has made a substantial jump from its previous position at No. 21.

What they're saying: "Everything. Was. On. Point! I'm convinced there isn't a single bad thing on the menu," Yelp Elite member David C. wrote.

💭 Madalyn's thought bubble: Gino's charm extends beyond its sandwiches. It's the thoughtful gestures, like complimentary drinks and chips for first-time guests and the heartwarming letters to Santa program, that make it a 210 treasure.

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