February 14, 2020

Legitimate Mexican Restaurants in San Antonio You Should Have Tried By Now

Ask for a recommendation for a good Mexican restaurant — not Tex-Mex — within the San Antonio Restaurants group on Facebook and people will be up in arms. So, we gathered the restaurants that these group members generally agreed upon could be trusted for finding "real Mexican food." (Their words, not ours.) While these local spots may not have a menu completely avoiding Tex-Mex, you'll be able to find dishes inspired from various parts of Mexico.
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Tlahco Mexican Kitchen
6702 San Pedro Ave, (210) 455-0135, facebook.com/tlahcoSA
Consider Tlahco one of the Alamo City’s best-kept secrets. Tacos dorados with chicharron y mucho mas are worth a try, as are its take on sopes, topped with chorizo and spicy potatoes. A parrillada platter presented over a charcoal brazier offers evening splurge opportunities.
Photo via Instagram / culturespoon
Tlahco Mexican Kitchen
6702 San Pedro Ave, (210) 455-0135, facebook.com/tlahcoSA
Consider Tlahco one of the Alamo City’s best-kept secrets. Tacos dorados with chicharron y mucho mas are worth a try, as are its take on sopes, topped with chorizo and spicy potatoes. A parrillada platter presented over a charcoal brazier offers evening splurge opportunities.
Photo via Instagram / culturespoon
Mixtli
5251 McCullough Ave, (210) 338-0746, restaurantmixtli.com
An innovative space meets regional Mexican fare, which is served from a changing menu that always includes pre-Hispanic cooking techniques and avant-garde cuisine. Each menu is accompanied with drink pairings, which means you’ll be able to eat and drink your way through Mexico. Make a reservation soon if you’re dedicated to tasting the creative goodness here.
Photo via Instagram / thehilmyoffice
Mixtli
5251 McCullough Ave, (210) 338-0746, restaurantmixtli.com
An innovative space meets regional Mexican fare, which is served from a changing menu that always includes pre-Hispanic cooking techniques and avant-garde cuisine. Each menu is accompanied with drink pairings, which means you’ll be able to eat and drink your way through Mexico. Make a reservation soon if you’re dedicated to tasting the creative goodness here.
Photo via Instagram / thehilmyoffice
Carnitas Lonja
1107 Roosevelt Ave, facebook.com/Lonja17
Good things are worth waiting for, and Carnitas Lonja is proof of that. The hole-in-the-wall exterior may throw you off, but the carnitas — available by the pound, or in a taco or torta — here will seriously change your life. Take the long ass line as all the proof that you need to eat here.
Photo via Instagram / popeofbbq
Carnitas Lonja
1107 Roosevelt Ave, facebook.com/Lonja17
Good things are worth waiting for, and Carnitas Lonja is proof of that. The hole-in-the-wall exterior may throw you off, but the carnitas — available by the pound, or in a taco or torta — here will seriously change your life. Take the long ass line as all the proof that you need to eat here.
Photo via Instagram / popeofbbq
Guajillo's - The Shortcut to Mexico
1001 Northwest Loop 410, (210) 344-4119, guajillos.com
When they say “shortcut to Mexico,” they’re not kidding. Here you’ll be able to truly taste the flavors of Mexico City, as the inventive menu is styled in the regional fare. Just let the birria sopa or cochinita pibil do its thing so you can understand why this spot is regarded as a gem. And yes, there’s a full bar.
Photo via Instagram / hectoralex
Guajillo's - The Shortcut to Mexico
1001 Northwest Loop 410, (210) 344-4119, guajillos.com
When they say “shortcut to Mexico,” they’re not kidding. Here you’ll be able to truly taste the flavors of Mexico City, as the inventive menu is styled in the regional fare. Just let the birria sopa or cochinita pibil do its thing so you can understand why this spot is regarded as a gem. And yes, there’s a full bar.
Photo via Instagram / hectoralex
La Perla del Pacifico
7911 Culebra Road, (210) 973-7600, facebook.com/laperladelpacificorestaurant
If Mexican seafood is more your thing, then you should already know about this Culebra Road spot. If you don’t, consider this a sign that you need to head to La Perla to feast on a tostada de ceviche (pescado o camaron) and the mariscoco ay Mazatlan. You’ll definitely want to go all out here.
Photo via Instagram / senzao_fotografia
La Perla del Pacifico
7911 Culebra Road, (210) 973-7600, facebook.com/laperladelpacificorestaurant
If Mexican seafood is more your thing, then you should already know about this Culebra Road spot. If you don’t, consider this a sign that you need to head to La Perla to feast on a tostada de ceviche (pescado o camaron) and the mariscoco ay Mazatlan. You’ll definitely want to go all out here.
Photo via Instagram / senzao_fotografia
Birotes Tortas Ahogadas
3004 W Martin St, (210) 375-5230, facebook.com/birotestortas
While tortas aren’t exactly hard to come by in SA, there isn’t an overload of places that make them as good as this gem. Aside from its namesake, Birotes Tortas Ahogadas also serves a generous portion of huarache, chilaquiles and sopes for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to treat yourself to some churros!
Photo via Instagram / birotesahogadas
Birotes Tortas Ahogadas
3004 W Martin St, (210) 375-5230, facebook.com/birotestortas
While tortas aren’t exactly hard to come by in SA, there isn’t an overload of places that make them as good as this gem. Aside from its namesake, Birotes Tortas Ahogadas also serves a generous portion of huarache, chilaquiles and sopes for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to treat yourself to some churros!
Photo via Instagram / birotesahogadas
Taquitos West Ave
2818 West Ave, (210) 525-9888, facebook.com/TaquitosWestAvenue1
Sure, we all know that Taquitos West Ave is sinfully delicious, but did you know just how legit this spot is?! Foodies in the know consider this taquito spot — which offers a steady lineup of meats — to be just as authentic as a vendor you would find in Mexico. So no need to drive down and cross the border, just indulge at this local favorite.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniomunchies
Taquitos West Ave
2818 West Ave, (210) 525-9888, facebook.com/TaquitosWestAvenue1
Sure, we all know that Taquitos West Ave is sinfully delicious, but did you know just how legit this spot is?! Foodies in the know consider this taquito spot — which offers a steady lineup of meats — to be just as authentic as a vendor you would find in Mexico. So no need to drive down and cross the border, just indulge at this local favorite.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniomunchies
El Siete Mares
3831 W Commerce St, (210) 436-6056, facebook.com/ElSieteMaresSA
This no-frills spot in downtown lets you enjoy all the Mexican seafood you want. They don’t play around with their menu either, offering dishes such as camarones montados, ancas de rana, lambada and salmon al piquin. You won’t be able to eat seafood the same after dining here.
Photo via Instagram / elsietemaressa
El Siete Mares
3831 W Commerce St, (210) 436-6056, facebook.com/ElSieteMaresSA
This no-frills spot in downtown lets you enjoy all the Mexican seafood you want. They don’t play around with their menu either, offering dishes such as camarones montados, ancas de rana, lambada and salmon al piquin. You won’t be able to eat seafood the same after dining here.
Photo via Instagram / elsietemaressa
La Capital del Sabor
502 Bandera Road, (210) 200-8901, facebook.com/LaCapitaldelSaborGrill
This tiny building may not look like much, but it’s La Capital del Sabor — no, really. It totally lives up to its name, bringing robust flavors to your plate. The huarache verdugo and pretty much any of the tortas will awaken your taste buds in a way you didn’t know you needed them to be. They even have pambazo and café de olla!
Photo via Instagram / lets.eat.the.world.together
La Capital del Sabor
502 Bandera Road, (210) 200-8901, facebook.com/LaCapitaldelSaborGrill
This tiny building may not look like much, but it’s La Capital del Sabor — no, really. It totally lives up to its name, bringing robust flavors to your plate. The huarache verdugo and pretty much any of the tortas will awaken your taste buds in a way you didn’t know you needed them to be. They even have pambazo and café de olla!
Photo via Instagram / lets.eat.the.world.together
Pollos Asados Los Norteños
4642 Rigsby Ave, (210) 648-3303, bestpollosasados.com
Ever wondered why this East Side spot is so damn tasty? It’s because the flavors are completely legit here. Juicy chicken and all the fixings await you, and it’ll satisfy your pansita every single time.
Photo via Instagram / feedingfusco
Pollos Asados Los Norteños
4642 Rigsby Ave, (210) 648-3303, bestpollosasados.com
Ever wondered why this East Side spot is so damn tasty? It’s because the flavors are completely legit here. Juicy chicken and all the fixings await you, and it’ll satisfy your pansita every single time.
Photo via Instagram / feedingfusco