Pick Up Breakfast Tacos

click to enlarge Is there anything better than fresh tortillas?
Is there anything better than fresh tortillas?

There are but a handful of things better than access to great breakfast tacos. Thankfully, this is San Antonio and most of us are but a hop, skip and jump away from our nearest taco joint. Let's be honest, few will go out of their way to pick up a carne guisada taco on their way to work.

Picking faves is tough. There's El Rafa's Café (1535 W. Hildebrand Ave., 210-733-5475), a quaint joint that's hard to squeeze into come weekends. We'll blame their peppery and tender carne guisada for the hordes. Go for broke at Rolando's Super Tacos (919 W. Hildebrand Ave., 210-732-6713) where the tortillas are even bigger than your face and filled with fresh-scrambled eggs, garlicky refried beans and more. Go for the Rolando, which combines beans, potato and egg, cheese and guacamole for one breakfast beast.

If you've a bit of a sweet tooth, why bother choosing between donuts and tacos when you can have both at The Original Donut Shop (3307 Fredericksburg Road, 210-734-5661). Be sure to bring plenty of cash and stock up on classic bacon and egg tacos and gooey apple fritters. Or head to Apetitos Mexican Restaurant (1615 Meadow Way, 210-675-8020) for thin flour tortillas, chicharrones in a spicy green sauce or fajita and egg tacos.

The Tobin Hill area isn't hard-up for tacos — you'll find El Milagrito Cafe (521 E. Woodlawn Ave., 210-737-8646) curing hangovers on weekends with a plethora of options and spicy salsas, and Taqueria Chapala Jalisco (1902 McCullough Ave., 210-735-5352) where the corn tortillas rival flour for tastiest taco vessel.

Southtown eaters hold a special nook that features interior Mexican foods. At Cascabel Mexican Patio (1000 S. St. Mary's St., 210-212-6456), you'll find fresh hand-made corn tortillas enveloping machacado, nopales and egg, or chilaquiles. If you're near the city's Northeast Side, the original location of Thousand Oaks Café (multiple locations) is clutch for some seriously addictive breakfast tacos, including brisket, pork chop tacos and more. And if you're feeling in the mood for mystery, Tacos & Salsa (multiple locations) has a Trashcan taco, with "a little of everything," that's not to be missed.

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