More than 40 years ago, Charlie and Mary Garcia founded El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant to share their culinary heritage with the local community. Though the business has now been passed down to the next generation of the family, the restaurant adheres to the made-fresh recipes of its early days, delighting diners with hearty enchiladas, fresh seafood dishes, and its signature bean soup.
At Let's Wrap it Spa, a team fluent in English, Spanish, and Klingon helps clients regain a youthful appearance without the need for expensive, risky surgeries or other invasive procedures. Its signature treatments—organic wraps—expose bodies to cold, heat, and detoxifying volcanic ash to slim down physiques and reduce cellulite. Rumored to be part of Cleopatra's daily beauty regimen, volcanic clay rejuvenates, exfoliates, lifts, and tightens the skin. Other skin-tightening treatments at the spa include collagen-infused facials, electrotherapy, and vacuum therapy.
The kitchensmiths at Sely's Mexican Restaurant forge a mountain of tasty Mexican fare to fuel hungry trekkers within the colorful eatery. Pull up a chair and dig into a bowl of menudo, a traditional Mexican soup ($5.75), to activate taste buds before tackling platefuls of steak ranchero served with rice, beans, and guacamole salad ($8.95).
Strings of multicolored lights twinkle above Mi Casa Tamales' three spacious acres, which are home to an intimate dining room, a cantina, a breezy, tree-shaded patio, and a kid-friendly play area. Known for their Texas-sized tamales that weigh more than 3 pounds per dozen, Mi Casa's chefs ably combine Texan and Mexican cuisines into appetizing dishes accented with house-made sauces including avocado salsa, cowboy stew, and tomatillo sauce. Music floats on the air during warm summer nights, serenading diners with guitars, piano, and tacos thumped rhythmically on drumheads.
Housemade accents add pops of fresh flavor to Tejacienda’s selection of Tex-Mex recipes. The chefs craft Tex-Mex standbys such as enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, and chile rellenos, as well as steaks and signature dishes including stuffed chicken breast and stuffed, roasted Texas quail. Inside the dining room, lights dangle from exposed wooden rafters illuminating diners and earthen-hued walls so guests can express their satisfaction through shadow-puppet shows.
The menu at Habanero's Grill has plenty of chalupas, tacos, and other Tex-Mex staples, but it's the burritos that have really made its name. "Skip the other burrito joints in San Antonio and make your way here for a real treat," advised USA Today when it placed Habanero's Grill on its 2012 list of the Best Burritos in America.
These wrapped beauties come in a half-dozen tried-and-true varieties, though diners can also build their own creations. Beginning with a freshly pressed flour or whole-wheat tortilla, they choose from three kinds of beans, three cheeses, two kinds of rice, veggies, housemade salsas, and marinated chicken or steak. The team aims to construct each one so that even improvised numbers are as balanced and flavorful as each burrito on the regular menu. The latter run the gamut from the Fajita-Rito to a veggie version with cilantro-lime rice, squash, and potatoes in addition to the usual suspects.