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.
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.Read MoreAAA / Laurie Sterbens
Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine
5800 Broadway St., No. 300
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.AAA / Laurie Sterbens
910 S. Alamo St.
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.Read MoreAAA
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