Cascabel Mexican Patio
Down the street from neon-lit, always jumping Rosario’s restaurant is more demure Cascabel, but what the tiny establishment lacks in size, decor, or giant margaritas, it makes up for with an assortment of interior Mexican bites. Early birds might hate the opening hours, but the bright choriqueso is worth waiting for, and so is our pick, the machacado a la mexicana. A dried-beef staple of the state of Nuevo Leon (think beef jerky, but more pliable) machaca is brightened and thankfully softened with the addition of fresh tomatoes, jalapeños, onions. Stir it in to scrambled egg and the result is called machacado con huevo. Have it on a corn tortilla, which has the necessary thickness and size. It takes an already good dish to another level.
1000 S. St. Mary’s St., (210-212-6456), Open Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.