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Mexican street food truck brings signature dish to Pearl brick-and-mortar

Mexican street food truck brings famed dish to Pearl brick-and-mortar

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Torta de chilaquiles. Courtesy photo
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Chilaquil offers three different types of tortillas Courtesy photo
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The Pearl menu will offer food truck staples and new items Courtesy photo
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Chilaquils tacos
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Another exciting culinary concept is coming to Pearl. On August 27, the downtown development announced the addition of Chilaquil to its popular Bottling Department food hall this fall.

This brick-and-mortar space is a first for Chilaquil, which currently offers traditional Mexican street fare and comfort food (and chilaquiles, of course!) from its food truck at 2202 Broadway, just a few blocks from Pearl. 

The concept's chilaquiles are often a more elaborate version of the beloved Mexican dish. Along with the traditional tortilla chips covered in salsa and cheese, Chilaquil offers beans, eggs, avocado, chicken, steak, pork, and nopalitos, and three different kinds of tortillas.

“I wanted to bring a traditional dish to San Antonio that was often hard to find at local restaurants, so that’s why we started Chilaquil,” said chef Orlando Aguirre, who owns the restaurant alongside Susana Aguirre. “We have had such positive feedback and loyal customers from our food truck that it evolved into having this opportunity for our first brick and mortar location! Moving into the Pearl Food Hall is so exciting and we can’t wait to share our recipes with a new audience.”

Along with its famed chilaquiles, the restaurant will offer the same menu beloved by its food truck fans — but with some upgrades. Patrons can choose from tortas made with crusty bolillos, mollettes, tacos, quesadillas, and other botanas, all priced between $3-$12. 

Though an exact opening date has yet to be determined, a release says the Chilaquil's new brick-and-mortar should be open sometime in October in the former SayTown Tacos space. Diners can order carryout or enjoy on the Bottling Department's patio. Hours will be Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 am-8 pm. 

“This extremely creative duo brings a great flavor to the Bottling Department,” said Elizabeth Fauerso, chief marketing officer of Pearl, in a release. “We are very excited to welcome Chilaquil and continue refreshing the offerings at Pearl, giving people a variety of cuisines and experiences with each new concept.” 

Chilaquil isn't the only new addition to the Bottling Department, which was originally conceived as an incubator to help launch San Antonio culinary concepts. Mi Roti, the second restaurant from the award-winning Jerk Shack team, opened its doors in July.