Where To Enjoy Traditional Mexican Food On Cinco de Mayo

By Fabi R. Gomes | April 30th, 2019

Every San Antonian knows exactly where to can find the best tacos, the best chips and salsa, the best ceviche, the best Tex-Mex. Mexican cuisine is not just one dish or one flavor. This cuisine can be found in different varieties, including interior Mexican, Tex-Mex, and coastal Mexican. In celebration of this year’s Cinco de Mayo, we recommend the following establishments for the best in local Mexican cuisine.

El Bucanero

From its beginning as a small restaurant on the southeast side of town, El Bucanero quickly became a favorite to San Antonio locals. Now with two locations, it continues to amaze guests with an excellent variety of seafood dishes from the state of Sinaloa on Mexico’s Pacific coast, and their famous seafood cocktails—and each pairs beautifully with a margarita or a beer from the bar. Guests can enjoy their tequila on the patio while listening to live Tejano music.

La Gran Pachanga — a 12-pack of your Mexican canned beer of choice topped with camarones ahogados.

Paloma Blanca
Alamo Heights

This sophisticated restaurant serves traditional Tex-Mex food with a dash of eccentricity. Known for its famous Queso Fundido, and offering gluten-free and paleo-friendly menus, Paloma Blanca also serves craft cocktails aside from the traditional margarita. As a popular choice for a Mexican meal, reservations are recommended.

Paloma Blanca’s famous Queso Fundido.

La Hacienda De Los Barrios
Far North Central

With one of the greatest outdoor dining areas in town and a genuine Tex-Mex cuisine, La Hacienda De Los Barrios’ home-style dishes have been popular throughout San Antonio over the years. As part of the local culture of enjoying “fiestas” and celebrations close to the family, the restaurant playgrounds outside for kiddos and traditional live music for all.

Fun atmosphere with patio seating and roving mariachis.

La Fonda on Main
Alta Vista

For a true classic and traditional Mexican restaurant in San Antonio, you owe yourself a visit to La Fonda on Main. Since 1932, they have served old-style Tex-Mex as well as authentic dishes of interior Mexico in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. This restaurant is located in the historic and architecturally rich neighborhood of Alta Vista.

The oldest Mexican spot in town serving classic Mexican dishes 

Olmos Park

For a fine dining option, Mixtli is an innovative and modern restaurant presenting progressive regional Mexican cuisine—unlike anything in San Antonio—with drink pairings. Everything is made from scratch, and they source many of their ingredients locally (mostly from farmer’s markets, although some ingredients are imported from Mexico and South America). They present each dish on their pre-fixe tasting menu with a fascinating explanation and such artful presentation.

Mixtli is built into a converted railcar at The Yard at Olmos Park.

Cinco de Mayo honors the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War (1861 – 1867). In the United States, this holiday has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage. In San Antonio specifically, this celebration is especially relevant since General Zaragoza (hero at the Battle of Puebla) was born in this area.

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