Popular Mexican street food concept Milpa to relocate to San Antonio's East Side

The upcoming cozy eatery at 419 S. Hackberry St. is slated to open sometime in mid-November.

click to enlarge Chef Jesse Kuykendall's vibrant take on Mexican street foods will soon be available on the East Side. - Nina Rangel
Nina Rangel
Chef Jesse Kuykendall's vibrant take on Mexican street foods will soon be available on the East Side.
Fans of acclaimed chef Jesse Kuykendall’s thoughtful take on Mexican street foods will soon be able to enjoy them once again. The restaurant is slated to take over the space that formerly housed East Side coffee shop The Pour Box.

Kuykendall — or Chef Kirk, as they’re known to friends, family and fans — is planning to open the cozy eatery at 419 S. Hackberry St. sometime in mid-November. It will offer about a dozen seats inside, as well as patio seating, in a small building adjacent to longtime watering hole Dakota East Side Ice House.

Milpa began as a food truck in 2021, doing out Kirk’s take on tacos, quesadillas, pozole and arroz con leche, all inspired by their family recipes, travels and experiences growing as a chef.

“The menu is focused on overlooked street foods in Mexico, street foods I was introduced to by my mom on our travels growing up,” Kuykendall told the Current back in 2021. “I have so many memories of my mom cooking for us, and I’m looking forward to sharing those through this menu.”

Kuykendall splits their time between Milpa and Ocho, the onsite restaurant at the boutique Hotel Havana downtown. In May of 2021, Kirk became the first San Antonio chef to win the Food Network contest Chopped.

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Nina Rangel

Nina Rangel uses nearly 20 years of experience in the foodservice industry to tell the stories of movers and shakers in the food scene in San Antonio. As the Food + Nightlife Editor for the San Antonio Current, she showcases her passion for the Alamo City’s culinary community by promoting local flavors, uncovering...

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