We're exploring Mexican food all over town in celebration of all things San Antonio. There are entirely too many choices out there, especially for this genre, which is a great problem to have.
Narrowing down the best neighborhood eats proved to be a chore, but the outcome was an adventure we very much enjoyed. As spring kicks off with amazing celebrations, these five hot eateries will prepare you and your appetite for the city's vast Tex-Mex offerings.
This Tex-Mex staple continues to deliver. We know, we know, puffy tacos are the thing, but our table favorite was the steak ranchero. The sauce, the sauce, the sauce. The tenderloin was perfect, but it was the sauce that had us coming back for more. Added to it are rice, beans, and a guacamole salad culminating in the perfect meal.
Rosario's is a longtime Southtown favorite, but we headed north for this dinner. Modern and colorful, the new location is buzzing with flair. If you can get over the artistic landscape of this restaurant long enough to order, try the shrimp tacos. They are over-the-top great with red onion, chipotle mayo, and lime slaw. Shishito peppers are also a hit here.
Traditional, authentic, and serving amazing recipes for generations, the go-to here is the Sopa Azteca. It’s maybe the best tortilla soup ever made for those rainy days we’ve been having, perfectly infused with warm ingredients. The other go-to is El Numero Dos: cheese enchiladas with rice and beans. Yes, cheese enchiladas. Don't judge, you know you love them too.
Paloma Blanca always delivers a unique and traditional experience, from the knowledgeable staff to its ample kitchen offerings. It has to be said that the Guacamole Olmeca had us from the beginning, and it’s hard to move away from or save any room with a guac this good. But, we moved on like the food champs we are to try the Paleo tacos. You read that right. Paloma's Paleo tacos are delish with fresh cilantro and amazing salsa.
This casual spot is a lovely addition to the north side with great service and a countdown to Cinco de Mayo. The family restaurant hails from Houston and has a huge menu. Fajitas reign supreme for this one. Try the Grandioso — chicken and beef fajitas with bacon-wrapped shrimp. Chipotle-smoked ribs are worth the visit as well, and the eatery has a great happy hour to boot.
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