Mexican Restaurants in San Antonio Offer Guests Unexpected Culinary Adventures

Kimberly Suta

By , Local Expert, San Antonio
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For years, people have traveled to San Antonio from all over the state, even the country, simply for the amazing Mexican food that you find here. Traditionally, the Mexican food has been of the Tex-Mex variety, certainly not authentic Mexican cuisine, but a blending of American ingredients, Texas mentalities and Mexican influences. Jaliscos, popular restaurants which serve cheap Tex-Mex, can be found on almost every corner in San Antonio, but slowly, a small wave of culinary ingenuity is making its way across the city and influencing chefs and restaurateurs. The result is that there is so much more in SA than the usual fare....  Read more »

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    Mixtli provides an unforgettable foray into Mexican cuisine, unlike anything you've ever experienced before.

    Local Expert Tip: "Mixtli only takes reservations and they book up at least a month in advance so be sure to pre-plan!"

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    Cascabel Mexican Patio

    Cascabel is a quaint little eatery with authentic interior Mexican food, a region of the country that is not often featured in San Antonio.

    Local Expert Tip: "This quaint and quirky little restaurant is great for breakfast too. Try the Mexican hot chocolate or the Cafe de Olla. There is nothing else like it!"

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    El 7 Mares

    Great seafood is hard to find and great Mexican seafood even harder, but El 7 Mares does it well!

    Local Expert Tip: "Honestly, no matter which dish catches your fancy, you can't go wrong at El 7 Mares, but we love the Molcajete de Camarones - shrimp, grilled panela cheese and grilled cactus simmering in a hot stone mortar filled with the most delicious savory tomato and tomatillo sauce!"

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    Arcade Midtown Kitchen

    Arcade's cuisine is top-notch and made with exceptional, locally-sourced ingredients.

    Local Expert Tip: "Start your meal off with a barrel-aged cocktail such as an Old Fashioned, complete with your very own iceberg. Next, enjoy one of the foodie favorites, such as the Lobster Soft Taco, P.E.I Mussels with Chorizo or any of Arcade's daily specials!"

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    Azuca Nuevo Latino Restaurant & Bar

    Azuca exposes you to multiple Latin-influenced dishes and is always superb!

    Local Expert Tip: "Chef Rene's paella dish is the best this city has to offer!"

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    Taps Y Tapas

    Taps Y Tapas uses locally-sourced ingredients and is all homemade with love.

    Local Expert Tip: "Chef's daily specials are superb! Sample treats like Braised Beef Cheek Sliders, Lamb Tacos and Tuna Tartare Tostadas! Oh, and don't forget to try the homemade sangria and bottomless momosas on Sundays!"

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    Tito's just expanded their bar so it's perfect for watching the popular sports games while eating great enchiladas!

    Local Expert Tip: "The Cilantro Cream Chicken Enchiladas are decadent!"

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    La Fonda on Main

    La Fonda is a tradition in San Antonio because it serves up some of the best Mexican food in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sunday brunch outside? You bet! Ask for outdoor seating if you like."

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    Acenar is a hot spot for those staying downtown looking for good food in a lively atmosphere.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're going for lunch or dinner, make sure to ask to sit outside on the patio that overlooks the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk."

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    Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia

    Mi Tierra is a fun place to go to get the full "Mexican" experience!

    Local Expert Tip: "If you want a Tex-Mex spin on eggs, try the Huevos a la Mexicana. If you have more of a vegetarian taste, go for a plain potato taco with salsa -- Yum!"



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