May 22, 2017 By Texas Monthly

A taste of Mexico City arrives in town in the form of a bright, modern food court, nuevo mercado–style. The fast-casual presentation consists of multiple counters (this can be daunting at first) from which to order specialties such as tacos, enchiladas, tortas, fish dishes, rotisserie chicken, and aguas frescas. A…


Jun 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Time and again, we find immense comfort at this mainstay in the Near Southside’s Fairmount district. Fresh simplicity emanates from the made-to-order, chunky guacamole, served in a small molcajete, from which we spoon portions into warm, supple corn tortillas, along with fiery pico de gallo. A deep bowl of rust-hued…

Cantina Malolam

Apr 5, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Warm weather and longer days make this open-air cantina the place to be. Two levels of outdoor patio dining offer sunset vistas (upper) or hacienda-style seating (lower) for enjoying music (live or deejayed) and great eats. An easy drive from downtown, this hot spot focuses on fresh fare like spicy…


Mar 24, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Serving inspired Mexican coastal cuisine, Caracol is a sparkling star in chef Hugo Ortega’s magnificent lineup.

Cascabel Mexican Patio

Oct 6, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The “Tex” never married up with the “Mex” here, where the food is as deeply interior Mexican as one will find anywhere in San Antonio. We have sampled the breakfasts (well, late breakfasts, for they open at ten), such as Mexican eggs with serrano peppers and tomatoes or (our favorite)…

Ceviche Ceviche

Dec 11, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Perhaps taking a card from the popularity of Hawaiian poke cafes, this new ceviche-centric spot is an order-at-the-counter, make-your-own-mix kind of place but with San Antonio’s next-to-Mex accents. We found the mildly marinated fish very fresh, the dining room minimalist, and the line to order long, even on an early…

Chela’s Tacos

Mar 20, 2019 By Texas Monthly

From banana-leaf tamales to cochinita pibil, the dishes here will take you all over Mexico.

Chispas tacos

Jun 11, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Tailored for the Warehouse District, the tacos and libations at splashy Chispas are over the top.

Con Safos

May 8, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Finally: a hip food truck vibe with comfortable chairs (and fine Mexican fare).

Desert Racer

Jan 24, 2020 By Texas Monthly

Nick Badovinus brings Baja-style Mexican food and burgers to lowest Greenville.

Don Juan on the Square

Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Lovingly known as DJ’s, this little cantina stands out among Tyler’s ubiquitous Tex-Mex spots (mainly because the fare is the latter—no “Texican” here). It’s not the place to go when seeking a dark, quiet corner; the decor is fiesta-esque, and one is sure to know at least two other patrons…

El Bolero

Apr 8, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Colorful, contemporary bistro offers Mexican flair in West 7th District.

El Bolero

Sep 24, 2015 By Texas Monthly

An interior that sparkles with cool blue tiles makes a pleasant space to sample entrées like Oaxacan pan-seared scallops, top-hatted with dabs of kicky chapulín salsa, alongside rice generously studded with chunks of fresh lobster. Or desserts like tres leches napolitano, an airy three-tiered wonder of moist cake, both chocolate…

El Callejón de los Milagros

Jul 25, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The bright murals on the walls depict a fiesta, but don’t think El Callejón—this is the second location—is your typical border Tex-Mex joint. The owners are from the Mexican coastal state of Veracruz, and they know that region’s lusty cuisine. We shared the Molcajete Milagroso, a sizzling hot molcajete (stone…

El Marinero

Dec 6, 2016 By Texas Monthly

This sparkling new Mexican seafood establishment brightens up a section of McCullough not renowned for evening fare. On our first few visits we were impressed with everything except the fried items (shrimp and oysters ended up sadly overcooked and tough). Other offerings, however, were quite promising, from the oysters on…

El Mirasol

Nov 14, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Holds true to the Mexican standards with excellent margaritas and a wonderful menu of interior dishes.

El Papa Taco

Sep 12, 2016 By Texas Monthly

We love the tacos at Ace’s BBQ and are excited that the Aguilar brothers have gotten serious about them. Our tender beef fajita taco came with sautéed onion and a sprinkle of white cheese on fresh miniature corn tortillas. The fresh salsa was fantastic, making us contemplate a breakfast visit…

El Pastor Mexican Grill

May 25, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Originally from Reynosa, El Pastor has been known for great cabrito since the sixties. Here at their newest outpost on our side of the Rio Grande, it’s prepared al pastor, resulting in meat that’s crispy crusted, moist, and full of flavor. They also offer other traditional dishes, like tampiqueñas.

Fonda Don Martin

Dec 2, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The menu at this cozy neighborhood taqueria moves far beyond the comfort of typical tacos. It all begins with flour tortillas coaxed out before your eyes by hands that have a rhythm all their own. We like to fill ours with chipotle-braised meatballs, decadent little orbs we bracket with thin…

Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon

Oct 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Located in Freddie’s old location, the new Fresa’s is a larger, table-service version of the original drive-through. It’s bright, colorful, and just plain fun, from the watermelon agua fresca to the house-made vanilla ice cream with a sugar cookie. Among our favorites were the huitlacoche quesadillas on blue corn tortillas…

Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon

Jul 25, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Thumbs up for the incredibly moist charcoal-grilled local fowl (ours was seasoned in achiote and citrus). Double thumbs up for the fabulous homemade corn tortillas and the spicy salsas (tomato-serrano and jalapeño-garlic). We also love the whole jalapeño roasted in soy sauce (shades of South Texas). And be sure to…


Feb 3, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Splashes of pink and green amid white stone tabletops and blond wood evoke a Mexican coastal retreat, which seems to be exactly what the team behind Jacoby’s was going for. Capitalizing on Austin’s never-ending appetite for any meal that starts with chips and salsa, this place serves tacos and ceviches…


Feb 29, 2016 By Texas Monthly

It’s good to have something tasty to go with the famous frosty margaritas they serve here. We like the shrimp tostadas garnished with house-made guacamole and the chicken enchiladas served with a piquant tomatillo sauce redolent of garlic. Lighter eaters will enjoy the tortilla soup, a velvety broth with shredded…

Habanero Bar & Grill

Nov 5, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The basic surroundings here belie an elevated menu that goes beyond the usual tacos and enchiladas. The chile relleno pleased us with its ground beef stuffing and mild roasted pepper. But the real star was a chicken breast topped with a sweet, tangy cilantro-and-tamarind sauce and garnished with nuggets of…


Jan 28, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Hugo Ortega's stylish, perpetually packed hacienda serves the best Mex-Mex in town.

Jalisco Norte

Dec 10, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Chef José Meza Arróyave dishes out authentic Mexican cuisine in a sleek, modern space.


Mar 18, 2019 By Texas Monthly

With a Jalisco-influenced menu, José feels like a splashy Mexican resort airlifted to North Dallas.

L & J Cafe

Sep 26, 2016 By Texas Monthly

No hole in the wall, L & J continues to grow what was once a small cafe into a sprawling full-service restaurant, updating the decor and taking over the entire adobe building that sidles up next to the city’s famous graveyard. Locals and visitors alike are willing to wait for…