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14 Great Tacos in San Antonio

Mezcaleria Mixtli

Beef Cheek

Photograph by Nicki Longoria

In a city that holds strongly to tradition and newcomers are often eyed warily, the bar Mezcaleria Mixtli is winning over drinkers and eaters alike with its barbacoa-style braised beef cheek tacos (we’re sure the beacoup varieties of mezcal help). Co-owner Diego Galicia and his staff “let the cheeks shine on their own” with a blend of garlic, onion and a spice mix incorporating ancho and guajillo chiles that adds more flavor than heat. The meat, served in clay bowls, is fragrant and clean, yet intense. The tortillas aren’t made in house—yet—but the standard, lightly toasted ones, sandwiched between blue kitchen towels, suffice.
5313 McCullough Ave. (856-630-5142), Open Sun, Tue-Thu 5 p.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat 5 p.m.-midnight

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