Lone Star Hidden Gems

Tex-Mex hidden gems shine in San Antonio's Lone Star neighborhood

Tex-Mex hidden gems shine in San Antonio's Lone Star neighborhood

La Parilla Azteca Tex Mexican food
La Parrilla Azteca is a hole-in-the-wall place that welcomes all. Alan B./Yelp

San Antonio's Southtown has its fill of buzzy restaurants, bars, and shops. While the King William and Lavaca districts nab much of the attention, the nearby Lone Star neighborhood retains a certain charm despite the surrounding redevelopment.

Named after the former Lone Star brewery, the area's redevelopment plan is looking to become another Pearl in a few years. But before it changes entirely, catch these hidden gem restaurants for homespun, affordable Tex-Mex cuisine that will satisfy anyone's cravings south of downtown San Antonio. 

La Familia Bakery
This family owned and operated bakery is modest but offers a reliable selection of tacos and pastries made onsite. While the thought of breakfasting with tacos and doughnuts may not make sense to some folks, it simply works. Trust us.

La Parrilla Azteca
La Parrilla Azteca is a hole-in-the-wall-type place that welcomes all. Neighborhood locals have come to embrace the no-frills restaurant for over 30 years. In addition to traditional Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine, the menu includes burgers and sandwiches. Tacos are a must, such as the al carbon, potato and egg, and carne guisada. It all truly tastes and feels homemade. Service is typically fast and very friendly, and you can order at the curbside window if you're on the run.

My Little Taco House
Another hidden gem on South Flores is the compact My Little Taco House, where a budget- and family-friendly atmosphere rules. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, tacos are fresh and delicious, served on thick homemade flour tortillas. The al pastor taco, chorizo and egg taco, and green salsa are particular hits. Menudo is served on the weekends, and the fried fish is also worthy of a mention. Need one more piece of motivation to visit My Little Taco House? The movie Selena has a brief scene shot onsite. If it's good enough for the one-and-only Selena, it is good enough for you too.

Taqueria Los Potrillos
Taqueria Los Potrillos, at 715 Nogalitos St., is the very definition of "blink and you'll miss it." It's a small, unassuming restaurant that's straight-forward, family-friendly, and very familiar with the neighborhood residents. It's likely you'll catch an owner's family member or two waiting tables or attending to some other chore. The menu is basic Tex-Mex, including barbacoa on weekends, that features unforgettable homemade flavor. The beverages are plentiful, including horchata.

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