San Antonio Tex-Mex

In this year’s SAVEUR 100, we take stock of our favorite things: recipes, people, places. We consider every last one a new classic.

By The Editors

Published on January 31, 2012

Behold the puffy taco, pride and joy of San Antonio, Texas. It is the epitome of Tex-Mex cuisine, taking a south-of-the-border element like the tortilla (either corn or flour), pumping it up (via deep-frying), and heaping it with American-size quantities of shredded chicken, guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, cheddar cheese, or anything else you fancy.

San Antonio is the capital of Tex-Mex, and whenever we've got a hankering for that singular style of spicy, cheesy, bighearted cooking we seek out a few classic spots in the city. First stop: Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia, a sprawling space filled with the music of mariachis that's open 24-7. Here all the touchstones—tacos, enchiladas, chile con queso, and more—are served in that most Tex-Mex of presentations, the combo plate. Any visitor to the city should swing by Taco Taco Cafe for a superlative puffy taco, as well as traditional soft and crispy tacos. Rolando's Super Tacos (919 W Hildebrand Ave) claims to serve "The Biggest Tacos in Town" (that's their puffy version pictured) on 12-inch tortillas. And when we want the extra-thick soft flour tortillas that are another San Antonio signature, we head to Pete's Tako House (1022 N Main Ave; 210/224-2911) where they're as robust as any we've had, filled with anything from lengua (tongue) to the kind of country sausage and gravy typically served on southern-style biscuits—a beautiful fusion of the best of both sides of the border.

Where to eat Tex-Mex in San Antonio:
_Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia
278 Produce Row

Taco Taco Cafe
745 E. Hildebrand Avenue

Rolando's Super Taco's
979 W. Hildebrand Avenue

Pete's Tako House
7022 N. Main Avenue


Continue to Next Story

Want more SAVEUR?

Get our favorite recipes, stories, and more delivered to your inbox.