Tex-Mex in San Antonio

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    Aldaco's Stone Oak outpost remains true to its downtown roots with fresh, flavorful Mex and signature treats, including the avocado margarita and pastel tres leches. -- Ron Bechtol (02/09)
    Beautiful garden setting with peacocks and Asain phesants roaming the grounds. Diverse menu apealing to all tastes with an array of desserts and specialty drinks.
    Upscale version of Subway, and more local. Check it out.
    Regarded as one of the best Mexican restaurants in San Antonio, Cha-Cha's offers multi-award winning margaritas, savory cuisine, impeccable service, and a exquisite atmosphere. Come relax and unwind from the day in our bar Aqui! and have one of our tasty Spurs-a-rita with some Cancun nachos topped with our shrimp ceviche.
    Justly famous for its fish tacos, the Cove is also a good location for locavores and vegetarians thanks to owner Lisa Asvestas’s commitment to sustainable food sources (she can tell you where to find raw milk, too). Beer and wine tastings, plus live music and the adjacent laundromat make it a one-stop lifestyle shop without the Austin attitude.
    Unlike many Mexican restaurants whose menu mainstays include Aztec-inspired staples from Central Mexico like enchiladas and tamales, El Papalote focuses on the grilled cuisine that originated in Northern Mexico and gained popularity among Mexican and Tejano ranching communities throughout history. Chicken enchiladas, mole and carne guisada are nowhere to be found at El Papalote. Rather, grilled meats flavored with dry seasonings, fresh vegetables and imported Mexican cheeses define its cuisine.;;Tacos are the most popular menu option at El Papalote, whose top-selling item in San Antonio thus far is the Establo beef tacos. Seasoned rib-eye is grilled and accompanied by onion and cilantro in freshly made corn tortillas for a delicious example of border comfort food. Other popular items include the Monterrey beef tacos, fajita meat seasoned adobada (spicy) or natural with imported Mexican cheese and guacamole in flour tortillas, and the Papalote shrimp tacos, which are accompanied by onion, bacon, green peppers and mushrooms in flour tortillas. Although each taco selection includes a specified tortilla, guests are welcome to choose flour, corn or a combination.;;In addition to its vast array of tacos, El Papalote also specializes in beef and chicken fajitas.;;With a full bar, happy hour is all day Sunday and Monday, as well as from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Currently, $2.00 drafts are offered during Happy Hour, and the selection includes Guinness, Blue Moon, Tecate Light, Shiner Bock, Dos XX and Miller Light ;
    Firebird Mexican Grill

    ; Firebird may be trying too hard to execute “twists” on Tex-Mex and Mexican favorites, but many dishes come close to working regardless. The take on a corn cup is very good, shrimp and crab chowder has good flavor, the shrimp chilaquiles are sabotaged only by the texture of the corn chips, and shredded short rib enchiladas nearly transcend the genre.

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    ; The Fruteria is colorful, casual and founded on small plates with a mostly-Mexican accent. If some offerings, such as gorditas, don’t hit the mark, tortas and tostadas may take up the slack. The blended-fruit liquados support the theme, tequilas and (sometimes excessive) cocktails give it spark. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Fruteria changes its vibe to suit the meal.

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    Authentic Chicago style Hot Dogs made from Vienna Beef products from Chicago. Each order is made by Jerry born and raised in Chicago. No doubt the real and closest real Vienna Beef chicago style Hot Dogs in San Antonio! Garanteed! The most popular items are: Chicago Style Hot Dogs Hot dogs with mustard, sweet relish, chopped onions, tomotoe wedges, sport peppers, kosher pickle spear, and kosher salt on a poppy see bun, Italian Beef on with coice of Hot Giardiniera Peppers and beef gravy or grilled bell peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese on Gonella Bread, Italian Sausage with red sauce and grilled onions on a Gonella Bread, Maxwell Street Polish Sausage with your choice of mustard or spicy mustard grilled onions or sauerkraut and sport peppers on a poppy seed bun, Chili Dog with Bistro Chili, chopped onions, and cheddar cheese on a plain bun. Try an Italian Beef Combo if you are really hungry, it's made of Vienna Italian Beef Sausage and Italian Beef with Hot Giardiniera peppers and beef gravy or grilled bell peppers, onions, and mozzarella cheese, Pizza Puffs, more sandwiches available, including daily specials! All Set in a comfortable family setting in the heart of downtown San Antonio!
    Beer bottlecaps crunch under your feet under the city’s best tree canopy. Such is the atmosphere at La Tuna, a Southtown fixture where bikers and artists peacefully coexist over cheap beers in the shadow of one of SA’s coolest industrial backdrops.;;
    The risque entertainment is the draw at this taco joint -- and it's already drawn neighborhood protests. -- Nicole Chavez, 02/08
    "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1) Not to worry: If ever there were someone not qualified to opine on matters biblical, 'twould be I. But the preceding verse is burned into my mind by virtue of its posting on the wall of the group cycling room at the Downtown YMCA - where another kind of burning also goes on - that of the calories implied by this article and all others past and future. It's also especially appropriate to the Leap of Faith Café, located in the basement of Travis Park United Methodist Church. Connie Marshall, the café's congenial owner/hostess/guiding light, abandoned her two popular Seasons Café and Bakery locations for a subterranean site, which, in spite of exposed limestone walls, track lighting, and displays of art (affecting portraits of homeless people comprise the current show), still seems very much the church basement it is - with long, communal tables covered with oilcloth. There is more at work here than marketing, and a certain amount of faith is required of the first-time diner; a sandwich board at the street level is the only overt indication of the café's location. It's the only evidence of things not (yet) seen. - Ron Bechtol
    Los Agaves

    ; Though Los Agaves has a dedicated Tex-Mex section on the menu, most of the remaining selections, ranging from coctel de camaron to cabrito and enchiladas de mole, will also seem familiar to locals. But even standbys such as tortilla soup take on new dimensions. And tostadas de tinga are a welcome surprise.

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    Madhatters Tea House and Cafe

    ; Madhatters woos early risers and late hangover-nursers with pitchers of mimosas and salmon, sausage, or traditional Eggs Benedict on the weekends. Enjoy homey sandwiches and desserts all week long in the Alice-in-Wonderland-like Southtown house.

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    The house salsa is rogue at the new Mary Lou's, but the Tex-Mex staples are well above average, and now you can enjoy them on marble floors, for what that's worth. Ask for the salsa verde, and try the enchiladas verdes, too. -- Ron Bechtol (06/09)
    Mom and pop restaurant with delicious homestyle mexican cooking, fresh homemade flour tortillas made to order, simply the best hole in the wall restaurant that needs the recognition it deserves.
    Nicha's Comida Mexicana

    ; Nicha’s is a familia effort and it shows in the congenial atmosphere, the tradicional recipes, and the comically endearing Spanglish menu. The food is really pretty good, too — right down to the menudo and the overstuffed burritos.

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    30 years experience brought together for unique casual dining. Tex/Mex. American entrees available. Breakfast and Lunch specials daily. Dicounts available for perferred employees. Look for select dinners. Outside patio dining, and private parties are a few things you can expect. Opening April 02,2007
    A harmonious melding of cultures: solid breakfast tacos and delicious fresh doughnuts served in a perfect diner meets taco joint atmosphere -- just don't try to order them from the same drive-thru lane.

    ; Authentic Mexican eatery serving up traditional dishes, including lengua, and coastal creations inspired by the Pacific Mexican coast that are worth a try. Don’t get bogged down in the overly saucy high-dollar dishes, though, what Palenque does best is the basics. Pass the house-made tortillas.

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    Paletta's is closed, and sorely missed.;;We are a Greek, Italian and Lebanese Grocery Store and Deli/This year we are celebrating our 90th Anniversary in San Antonio. We have remodeled and our place is beautiful - we are now opened Monday - Saturday from 9am - 6pm / We have expanded our menu and now serve hot sandwiches like The Muffuletta and The Cheesy Jo with Ham. Of course we still have our famous Mamma Mia Sandwich and spicy olives.Paletta's is great fun! When you come in for lunch we have an old time juke box that plays old tunes and you can shop for imported hard to find items, or have lunch from our deli or get all your meats and cheeses and italian sausage and other deli items by the pound. We also have something we call "Paletta's After Hours" this is when we have private parties like the 4 course Italian Dinner we are doing on Valentines Day. Paletta's has uniqie items like Valerio's salad dressing from the old Valerio's restaurant, Spumoni ice cream, fresh italian sausage, fresh grated parmesan, and all kinds of other hard to find products.

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