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5 Must-Try Places to Eat in San Antonio

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By AAA Travel Editor Laurie Sterbens
January 13, 2020
If you’re planning a trip to San Antonio and wondering where to eat, you’ll want to take full advantage of this destination’s culinary claim to fame as one of the country’s top spots for Tex-Mex. It’s also one of the best places to find authentic interior Mexican fare. Here are a few of our favorite places to eat Tex-Mex and Mexican food in San Antonio.
Bistek tacos on handmade corn tortillas, served with spinach, mango and avocado salad.
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Cappy's LaFonda on Main

2415 N. Main Ave.
(210) 733-0621
La Fonda on Main offers a casual yet elegant take on Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine. Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, the menus feature a tempting variety of familiar Tex-Mex staples such as nachos, enchiladas and fajitas, but you'll also find ceviche with citrus-marinated mahi-mahi and avocado and nopalito (fresh cactus) salad with queso fresco. aTaco choices include slow-roasted, shredded duck or blackened mahi in handmade corn tortillas. Dessert highlights include tres leches (cream-soaked cake with toasted almonds and cajeta), flan and Mexican pecan pralines.
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Campechana Cocktail at La Margarita: Gulf oysters and shrimp with our special cocktail sauce and pico de gallo, made with tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cilantro and topped with avocado slices.
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La Margarita

120 Produce Row
(210) 227-7140
While this fun Market Square restaurant bills itself as the birthplace of the sizzling fajita, don't miss out on La Margarita's seafood appetizers featuring fresh Gulf oysters and shrimp. Oysters are offered raw on the half shell or baked in a sauce and topped with cheese. Ice-cold shrimp are served with cocktail sauce, or try the Campechana Cocktail, featuring shrimp and oysters in cocktail sauce with pico de gallo and avocados. Grab a seat on the patio for great people watching and you may be entertained by strolling musicians.
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Huevos rancheros at Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia
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Mi Tierra Café Y Panadería

218 Produce Row
(210) 225-1262
No matter what time of day your Tex-Mex craving hits, you can get your fix at Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia. Open 24 hours a day, Mi Tierra serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but if you feel like having your huevos rancheros at dinnertime, that's okay—they serve their "world famous breakfast" all hours of the day. Try the chorizo Mexicano con huevo—eggs scrambled with house-made Mexican sausage and served with refried beans, breakfast potatoes and tortillas. Dinner options include chicken with mole sauce or carnitas de puerco—baked pork tips marinated with oranges and spices. Desserts include fried ice cream and house-made sopapillas. A full bar serves a variety of fruit-flavored and specialty margaritas.
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Enchiladas '09 at Paloma Blanca: 2 chicken enchiladas: one covered in crema chipotle one in crema cilantro. Topped with queso fresco and sour cream. Served with poblano corn white rice and Ensalada Esmeralda.
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Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine

5800 Broadway St., No. 300
(210) 822-6151
While offering traditional Tex-Mex fare such as enchiladas and fajitas, Paloma Blanca offers a taste of the cuisine of interior and coastal Mexico. House specialties include grilled snapper topped with crema cilantro, crema chipotle or salsa Veracruz; and pollo con mole, a grilled chicken breast topped with an authentic mole de Xico sauce. Finish with an authentic, caramel-coated flan or pastel de tres leches topped with pecans.
Pescado Veracruz at Rosario's: Pan-seared tilapia topped with a Veracruz sauce and capers, green olives, tomatoes, onions and jalapeños. Garnished with fresh cilantro with poblano rice.
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910 S. Alamo St.
(210) 223-1806
This local chain serves up traditional favorites with a contemporary twist in a lively atmosphere that's a hit with both locals and tourists. The dinner menu includes a tempting variety of tacos and enchiladas, or try something more unique such as their Mexican meatballs, braised in a spicy broth and served over rice. A tempting dessert menu includes cajeta crepes—house-made Mexican caramel over cinnamon crepes with Mexican vanilla ice cream and toasted pecans—and sweet tamales with pineapple, raisins and almonds.
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