San Antonio—home of the puffy taco—has historically been known for its Tex-Mex cuisine. That Mexican-American fusion still dominates the city’s culinary landscape, but a new generation of modern cuisine, known as “Tex-Next,” has made its way to this Southwest city.
San Antonio’s recent UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation recognizes the diverse, creative boom of locally-inspired restaurants. We’ve rounded of some San Antonio favorites and highlighted some new and noteworthy places to try.
MI TIERRA CAFÉ
218 Produce Row, mitierracafe.com, 210-225-1262
A San Antonio favorite since 1941, Mi Tierra Café serves authentic Mexican food and a warm Texas welcome. What started as a three-table café now is one of San Antonio’s bustling spots in the River Walk, complete with Christmas lights, bright colors, and live mariachi bands. Come for the carnitas, margaritas, and Mexican-style bread, stay for the vibrant atmosphere. Bonus: The restaurant is open 24 hours, so you can drop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
955 S. Alamo St., titosrestaurant.com, 210-212-8226
Right off the beaten path, this hole-in-the wall Tex-Mex locale lures the locals with its fresh handmade flour and corn tortillas that accompany its grilled fajitas and assortment of enchiladas. Try Tito’s famous beef fajita plate, but come early as space is limited in this authentic Mexican vibe restaurant.
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