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14 Great Tacos in San Antonio

La Gloria

Tacos Dorados Verdes

Photograph by Nicki Longoria

Five years ago, La Gloria helped bring the culture of Mexican street food to newly established Pearl retail and restaurant complex. The brainchild local chef Johnny Hernandez—West Side bred and a grad of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park—, the restaurant turned Mexican food on its head for most of SA.Many of the dishes that he introduced seemed exotic to a customer base whose idea of “Mexican food” was quite Americanized and always included complimentary tortilla chips and salsa. The menu at La Gloria is broad, but what you want to order is Hernandez’s take on tacos dorados . Filled with tender chicken, folded over and fried, the trio of tacos is doused with a zippy roasted tomatillo salsa, crema, and cotija cheese. They’re so good they will make you forget that $5 charge for chips and salsa.

100 E. Grayson, (210-267-9040), Open Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight

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