Pollos Asados “El Carbonero”
619 S General McMullen Dr., (210) 907-5573, elcarboneropolloycarne.negocio.site
Los Carboneros may only be a little over a year old, but the service is stellar and the pollos are made fresh daily in a trailer-grill. It really doesn’t get more puro than that.
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Wicho’s Mexican Deli
1110 N Zarzamora, (210) 396-7539, wichosdeli.com
It’s always snack time at Wicho’s whether you’re in the mood for a beefy torta, Hot Cheeto-crusted elote or an order of four street tacos.
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El Siete Mares
3831 W Commerce St., (210) 436-6056
The drinks are icy and boozy at this West Commerce joint that’s been serving up sopa de mariscos, oysters on the half-shell and aguachile shrimp for more than 20 years.
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Panifico Bake Shop
602 NW 24th St., (210) 434-9290, panifico.com
The pan dulce is always fresh, and the creations keep getting more inventive at Panifico. The uniconchas make sporadic comebacks, but don’t miss out on the traditional offerings like cuernitos, orejas and more.
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3735 Culebra Road, (210) 519-5403, barriobarista.coffee
Their horchata lattes and often imitated barbacoa grilled cheese (make sure to add avocado) are worth waking up early for.
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Los Cocos Fruteria Y Taqueria
1502 Bandera Road, (210) 431-7786, loscocosmexicanrestaurant.com
Los Cocos keeps bringing families back with their fresh fruit cups and made-to-order street tacos. Elote en vaso optional.
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La Monita Tortilleria Factory
3202 Guadalupe St., (210) 432-0332, facebook.com
If you appreciate some good tortillas, do yourself a favor and get a dozen here. They’re made with both corn and flour, and pretty much melt in your mouth. Pair them with the barbacoa and you’ll be in heaven.
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1011 Donaldson Ave., (210) 785-9007, pancakejoes-sa.com
Do you want a stack of pancakes? The answer is always yes at Pancake Joes. Honestly the waffles aren’t half-bad either so you can’t go wrong with your order. The New Orleans omelet with shrimp jambalaya is a must.
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Ray’s Drive Inn
822 SW 19th St., (210) 432-7171, raysdriveinn.net
The home of the puffy taco is a San Anto staple. Visit Ray’s for your crispy dog fix or load up on the puffy’s available in orders or one, two, three or four.
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