A decision to buy a food truck in 2015 let Ben De Los Santos spend more time with family and get hands-on with his culinary creations as the owner of Benjie’s Munch.

The backstory

Running a mobile food venture, Benjie’s Munch Truck, was not easy at first, De Los Santos said.

“You’re just trying to figure it out, but I thought, ‘Just keep hustling; keep calling and putting your name out there. If you’re doing it right, people will recognize it,’” he said. “So, it just started growing. We started getting more business.”

While Benjie’s Munch Truck grew as a business, De Los Santos sought out a brick-and-mortar restaurant space and found one on West Bitters Road near the Hidden Forest neighborhood.

Benjie’s Munch, the physical restaurant, opened in 2017 and expanded the food truck concept where the menu reflects various cuisines with appetizers, salads, grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers and sweets.

A closer look

De Los Santos said practically everything at Benjie’s Munch is made from scratch and gives the diner “a sense of comfort and a yearning for homemade eats.”

There’s also several popular off-menu dishes that are no longer in Benjie’s regular rotation, but could requested by customers.

De Los Santos said he tries to pile plenty of flavor into every bite a guest enjoys at Benjie’s Munch.

1218 W. Bitters Road, Apt. 107, San Antonio

210-556-8624; www.benjiesmunch.com