Best Tex-Mex in San Antonio

Spice up your life at these tempting Tex-Mex favorites
July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

San Antonio is the home of Tex-Mex, a mash-up of cowboy cuisine and south-of-the-border zest. Start the day with an egg-filled breakfast taco, and close it out with creamy enchiladas Buen provecho!

La Fonda On Main
Mexican · North Side · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Set in a converted "old house" along the streets of historic North Side, this "landmark" cantina (purportedly the oldest Mexican spot in town) dishes up "classic" interior dishes as well as "solid Tex-Mex" standards at moderate cost; perhaps the food's "nothing special" , but the "lovely patio" strung with Christmas lights certainly is.
Pappasito's Cantina
Tex-Mex · North Central · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

The "awesome" beef fajitas are the standouts on the otherwise "solid, but not out-of-this-world" Tex-Mex menu at these "rambunctious" chain cantinas set in expansive "Disney-esque" digs and staffed by a "pleasant, but harried" crew; those who carp about "long waits" and "too-high" prices for the genre are often won over after a few of their signature margaritas.
La Hacienda de Los Barrios
Tex-Mex · North Central · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

The "family traditions" run deep at these joints dispensing "real-deal" renditions of "genuine" Tex-Mex recipes; they're "not fancy" but they're a "favorite for any occasion" , thanks to solid service, "reasonable prices" and a "fun" atmosphere with patio seating and roving mariachis.
Los Barrios Mexican Restaurant
Mexican · North Side · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

The "family traditions" run deep at these joints dispensing "real-deal" renditions of "genuine" Tex-Mex recipes; they're "not fancy" but they're a "favorite for any occasion" , thanks to solid service, "reasonable prices" and a "fun" atmosphere with patio seating and roving mariachis.
La Fogata Mexican Cuisine
Mexican · North Side · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.2

A "lush" courtyard filled with "fountains and greenery" creates a "fabulous atmosphere" for sipping "potent" margaritas at this longtime North Side hacienda nestled in the 'burbs; aside from the "high-octane" drinks, there's also "wonderful" , "authentic" Mexican fare.
Tito's Mexican Restaurant
Mexican · Southtown · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.2

This typical neighborhood joint occupies a comfortable building with lots of natural light pouring through the big windows. Deals on breakfast tacos and other items are offered in the morning, while enchiladas – including the Tejanas with chile gravy, the verdes, and the chipotle cream – are popular for lunch and dinner.
Taco Haven
Mexican · Southtown · $
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

Those in the know say these separately owned Mexicans are "worth driving across town" for fresh tortillas and "breakfasts all day" at prices that are easy on the wallet; though both are family-friendly, the Southtown outlet is open until 10 PM.
Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia
Mexican · Market Square · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

The "fiesta never stops" at this 24/7 Market Square "landmark" decked out in "kitsch" galore with "year-round" Christmas lights, streamers and mariachi guitarists making the rounds; even if some say the Tex-Mex fare's only "OK" and the vibe's "kind of corny" , the "strong drinks" redeem, and it's hard to leave here in a "bad mood."