Iconic Foods That Define San Antonio
San Antonio may not yet be considered a widely-recognized food destination, bug we can safely say that we know how to eat. Obviously, we know how to eat. Here are some foods that are either puro San Antonio or a common food we have made all our own.
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Fiesta favorite chicken-on-a-stick is basically the supreme food booth snack from all of Fiesta. San Antonians look forward to eating it all year, and usually commemorate their first chicken-on-a-stick of the season with a selfie. It’s inspired chicken-on-a-stick necklaces, earrings, stickers and more from local designers, and has appeared on menus across SA so folks can get their fix. Thank goodness for that.
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Head to the South Side or West Side and you’ll find panaderias on every other street. We’re grateful for that, given that pan dulce is a treat both as a sugary breakfast or post-meal dessert. In other parts of town, a solid panaderia is harder to come by, but with so many options across San Antonio you never have to go too far to get your hands on a delicious concha or maranito.
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Barbacoa and Big Red
When a city packs itself into an entire festival dedicated to a food combination, you know said city really loves said food combination. Such is the case with barbacoa and Big Red, a food and drink pairing that San Antonians just can’t get enough of. Everyone has their favorite spot for barbacoa, choosing to enjoy it as a taco or on its own. Whether sobering up or just in the mood for good food, barbacoa and Big Red always hits the spot.
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Mangonadas are largely loved by Latinos, and San Antonio is known for getting the snack just right. Especially is the case for snack vendors who douse the treat in Tajin and chamoy to the point that the pica feels so, so good.
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Mini tacos, street tacos – whatever you call them, they’re delicious AF. With so many places Mexican restaurants and taquerias having mini tacos on their menu, it’s not hard to find quality bites no matter what meat you prefer. Oh, and did we mention the bounty of taco trucks that post up throughout San Antonio serving up plate after plate? Yes, we’re definitely a taco city.
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It’s the dish that everyone grew up eating on the regular. While everyone will claim that their mom/grandma/aunt makes it best, we can all agree that fideo just satisfies in a way not all foods can. If you really know what’s good, you know that fideo loco is best.
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Paletas are just one of those treats that are good no matter what time of year it is. Though obviously best during summer, these bars – usually either sweet or sour – come through for flavorful snacking that cools you down or just tastes delicious as heck.
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While we won’t fight anyone to “claim” breakfast tacos anymore, it’s undeniable that breakfast tacos are crucial to San Antonio’s food landscape and culture in general. With so many taquerias/Mexican restaurants as well as fillings to try out (unless you’re dedicated to your favorites), eating a breakfast taco is never the same experience. So go ahead and eat all the breakfast tacos you desire, in the name of San Antonio.
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Corn is just one of those snacks that San Antonians can’t get enough of. We’re not talking about corn on the cob. We’re talking about decked out corn en el vaso, or elote with lots of toppings piled on. From chile powder to crema fresca, this classic snack is one that hits the spot when you’re in the mood for something small but flavorful.
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San Antonio can party, just look at how we do during Fiesta. That means we’re more than knowledgeable about what makes a great margarita. Just look at this – we know what we’re doing.
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