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From Street Tacos to Progressive Mexican Cuisine and Everything In Between



Mexican food is so much more varied and diverse than many Americans realize, and that is beautifully illustrated in the array of San Antonio's Mexican restaurants. 

For example, Mixtli, which serves up progressive Mexican cuisine, is one of the most innovative in the country and has garnered national acclaim for their exploration of Mexican flavors and techniques in a modern and creative fashion. Located in a train car in central San Antonio, dining at Mixtli is a multi-sensory experience. Dishes like a Confit Pork Rib with a Huitlacoche Mole of Tlaxcala have put them on the map in a big way!

For a flavorful bite on the other end of the spectrum, hit up La Gloria at the Historic Pearl Brewery for some affordable Mexican street food. Inspired by simple yet delicious authentic Mexican flavors, Chef Johnny Hernandez has created a beloved restaurant for his tacos, tortas and other delights. They grow and grind their own corn and have designed a vibrant, festive atmosphere, perfect for a date night or big celebration!


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Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia
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Mi Tierra is unique in that it never closes. Open 24/7, it offers a variety of menu options for all different times of the day. When you are looking for breakfast, this is one of the best places to go! Breakfast in San Antonio isn't breakfast without breakfast tacos! Mi Tierra knows this and delivers amazing fare to delight your taste buds. Whether you are looking for papa con huevo or carne asada breakfast tacos, Mi Tierra has it. You can also choose from other great San Antonio breakfast choices 24 hours a day. So if you are in the mood for menudo or Machacado (Mexican omelet), it is going to be available.

Recommended for Mexican because: Mi Tierra is a must-go for a festive evening of Mexican eats, mariachis and margaritas!

Kimberly's expert tip: They also have an on-site panaderia (bakery), so you can get some authentic Mexican pastries to enjoy with your meal or take to-go.

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Vegeria somehow manages to make delicious Tex-Mex both Vegan and, sometimes, gluten-free as well, and this is no easy feat! You won't find many vegetarian or vegan offerings in the city that eats brisket in its sleep, but Vegeria is a surprising stand-out, even for non-vegetarian lovers. Vegeria is the only Tex-Mex Vegan restaurant in town and offers super tasty cuisine such as potato, corn and poblano flautas, that is not only healthy but fresh and inexpensive. They offer a beautiful patio for dining and as an added bonus, it's attached to a cute little bookstore for browsing while you wait for your food. Vegeria also sports their own gluten-free bakery. Who says healthy can't taste good?!

Recommended for Mexican because: Vegeria is a wonderful choice when you're looking for all that Mexican flavor but not all the calories that go with it.

Kimberly's expert tip: It's not all Tex-Mex here! For something a little unique try their vegan "Buffalo Wings," battered and fried cauliflower tossed in ancho and cascabel buffalo sauce. Yum!

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Paloma Blanca is conveniently located in Alamo Heights and is something of an oasis, particularly on a hot summer day, with its flowering landscape and tropical palm trees. They offer much more than just an exceptional meal, they offer a relaxed, soothing environment where you can truly savor the conversation with your friends and family. Beyond the typical Tex-Mex fare, they offer dishes such as the Enchiladas San Miguel - enchiladas filled with mushrooms in a Salsa Guajillo, covered with queso fresco and served with poblano corn, white rice and Ensalada Esmeralda. Paloma Blanca is also leading the way in culinary awareness by offering a Paleo menu, complete with Paleo Tacos served on iceberg lettuce. Who says Tex-Mex can't be healthy?!

Recommended for Mexican because: Great Mexican food may not be hard to find, but Paloma Blanca elevates it.

Kimberly's expert tip: Paloma Blanca is one of the few Mexican restaurants in town that has a dedicated gluten-free and Paleo menu.

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Rosario's, which has been around now for over 20 years, has transported itself from a local favorite to a critically-acclaimed restaurant. They have been featured in Southern Living, Texas Monthly and The New York Times, and have been listed as one of the "Top 50 Restaurants in the U.S." by Hispanic Magazine. From their Chile Relleno de Pescado (shrimp and fish stuffed poblano pepper) to their fajitas and enchiladas, there is not one thing on the menu you won't be wanting to return for again and again. They offer live music on the weekends and specialize in gigantic margaritas that are almost a meal by itself!

Recommended for Mexican because: A favorite Mexican restaurant in San Antonio, Rosario's has stood the test of time.

Kimberly's expert tip: You can't go wrong here, but some great options are the nachos, fajitas and any of the enchilada plates. Perfect stop for lunch!

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Burgerteca
Photo courtesy of Josie Rees


Owned by San Antonio celebrity Chef, Johnny Hernandez, Burgerteca, is a new restaurant and the first to open up along the Mission Trail extension of the river walk, south of downtown. The concept itself is also the first of its kind, a burger and ice cream concept inspired by ingredients and flavors distinct to traditional Mexican food. Although you can almost always expect to find a crowd, this is a fun place to go for dinner on the weekends. You can relax outside on the patio or in their vibrantly decorated dining room. The burgers, too, are fun and tasty. These might not be the traditional burgers you're used to, but that's a good thing! Experiment with options such as the Al Pastor with beef, grilled pineapple, tomatillo and manchego cheese or even better, the Pacifica, a seared tuna burger with slaw, sesame seeds and avocado. Delicioso!

Recommended for Mexican because: Located along the riverwalk, Acenar offers great Mexican food and a spacious patio with a few of the river.

Kimberly's expert tip: For an outside the box option, try their succulent Seared Tuna Burger with jalapeno lime mayo, cabbage slaw, sesame seeds and avocado. You don't expect a perfectly-seared piece of tuna served on a bun, but it's oh-so-good!

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Cascabel is one of the best-kept secrets in San Antonio and sports a wonderful outdoor patio with umbrella-covered tables. It's different than every other Mexican restaurant in the city because it features regional specialties from interior Mexico. You won't find the ubiquitous refried pinto beans here or even flour tortillas. Cascabel serves everything with thick yet soft homemade corn tortillas and refried black beans that have an exceptional amount of flavor. If you want to try something unique, order the Birria, which is a rustic goat stew. If you want to play it safe, order the Huaraches, which are corn tortillas smothered in refried black beans, shredded cabbage, your choice of meat, a spicy red chile sauce and sour cream. Cascabel will stimulate your palette without over-stimulating your bank account!

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

Kimberly's expert tip: You can get breakfast all day!

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Boudro's
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Boudro's Texas Bistro is the ideal spot for intimate lunches or dinners as well as large parties and convention groups. They can accommodate you inside or on one of their special river barges, catered exactly to your taste. The Chef offers culinary inventiveness with the use of fresh, local ingredients that help make this restaurant so sought after. The delicious frozen margaritas are made with swirls of crimson prickly pear juice, and the menu revels in dishes like black lacquered duck leg, papaya-marinated flank steak, mesquite-grilled Texas quail, and shrimp and crab enchiladas. Boudro's truly has some of the best food on the River, from smoked shrimp enchiladas and blackened prime rib to seafood straight from the Gulf.

Recommended for Mexican because: Bourdro's takes Mexican cuisine to new heights with their fine dining menu, fabulous margaritas and table side guacamole.

Kimberly's expert tip: Check out their website to sign up for their riverboat dining, a magnificent way to explore downtown San Antonio!

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La Gloria
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Located along the gorgeous north extension of the river walk at the famous Pearl Brewery, La Gloria has earned a name for itself as a vibrant cantina that serves traditional Mexican street food. Renowned chef, Johnny Hernandez, truly made a name for himself with La Gloria. He's known for his ability to bring the rich, diverse flavors of Mexico to life in America. The extensive menu is full of delights you would normally find among the street vendors, taquerias, and kitchens of interior Mexico. La Gloria also has a lovely outdoor seating area with scenic views of the river. Inexpensive and perfect for large parties and festivities with friends and families, this eatery has become a favorite for locals and visitors alike. The best part is, if you don't get your fill, you can grab a bite to eat at their airport location on your way home!

Recommended for Mexican because: La Gloria is a popular restaurant located along the river walk with inexpensive Mexican favorites.

Kimberly's expert tip: Can't get enough? Try one of Chef Hernandez' other restaurants in the city, including the new Burgerteca and La Fruiteria.

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La Fonda is the oldest Mexican restaurant in San Antonio. Established in 1932, the restaurant has served at least two American presidents (Teddy Roosevelt and Lyndon B Johnson). However, their primary focus is on serving the city of San Antonio and the locals love this place! The restaurant serves Tex-Mex as well as interior Mexican foods. In a casual atmosphere with colorful decorations, diners relax and enjoy themselves. From the Espinaca Omelet to Migas La Fonda, you will find the perfect Tex-Mex brunch here. You'll also find traditional sides in the form of hashbrowns and a fruit cup available. However, make sure to ask to sit outside on their patio and don't forget to order a margarita!

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

Kimberly's expert tip: The fish tacos are a must, but be sure to ask for some avocado on top. Perfecto!

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Mixtli
Photo courtesy of Joshua Simmons


Mixtli is so much more than just a satisfying meal, it's truly a journey of the spirit and senses. Owners Diego Galicia and Rico Torres, also chefs, have developed a unique dining experience they're calling "progressive Mexican culinaria," which is unlike anything in San Antonio, perhaps even in the U.S. The duo know how to make great food, that's a fact, but what's more enticing is they know how to entertain you. If food were live theater, Mixtli would be a hit Broadway show. Everything is made from scratch, and they source many of their ingredients locally, although some ingredients are imported from Mexico and South America, such as their cocoa beans. Mixtli, which means cloud in the Aztec language of Nahuatl, represents the ever-changing cuisine. The emphasis is on Mexican food that celebrates traditional ingredients and cuisine, just like their ranching grandmothers used to make, yet much more refined.

Recommended for Mexican because: Mixtli offers diners an exciting taste of Mexico they can't get anywhere else, perhaps in the entire world.

Kimberly's 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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Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations,...  More About Kimberly

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