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La Hacienda Scenic Loop
25615 Boerne Stage Road, (210) 687-1818,

A not-entirely-new location makes four for the Los Barrios Family behind puffy tacos and cheesy enchiladas. With a history that dates back to the mid 1800s, when German immigrants first established homesteads near Scenic Loop and Boerne Stage Roads along the Old Spanish Trail, the latest Los Barrios Family Restaurant is securing their place in San Antonio lore.

This October, Los Barrios headed north, again. This time, the storied Tex-Mex institution that's spun off sister restaurants such as Los Barrios on Blanco, La Hacienda de los Barrios on Redland and Viola's Ventanas near SeaWorld, took ownership of Scenic Loop Cafe.

The Cafe, which opened in 1991, closed at the end of September and reopened the next day with brunch by the new La Hacienda Scenic Loop, which is using a sprawling patio and sizable stage to host lively Friday nights in this sleepy far-off corner of San Antonio.

"We're focusing on the historic value of Scenic Loop," Barrios-Treviño said. The restaurant marries elements of Los Barrios and Scenic Loop Café. The brunch favorites from Scenic Loop including the house-made sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, eggs Benedict, share the table with chilaquiles, carne guisada, chorizo and egg and a fresh fruit.

Other favorites from Scenic Loop will stay on the regular menu such as the burger and chicken friend steak with other menu items landing as chalkboard specials on any given day. And, yes, plenty of margaritas.

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