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).
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.
Watch San Antonio's top tamale masters compete to create the best traditional, contemporary, and sweet tamales. Both you and the judges will be plied with free samples, though only the pros will be allowed to judge the most accomplished husk-wrapped flavor bombs. The next day, the city's top eaters square off in a tamale-eating contest. If you wish to test your corn-pork-chomping mettle, join the lottery pool by dropping by any of Delicious Tamales' six locations more than 24 hours before the contest to enter your name and the name of your next of kin, who can finish the job in the event of fatal sudden-onset tamaleonditis. David Lee Garza and Los Musicales provide the headlining tunes. A portion of proceeds benefits several college and culinary scholarships, which means on April 16 and 17, you can finally eat your way to someone else's knowledge.
In a sun-yellow dining room, Las Chiladas owners, husband-and-wife duo Patrick and Annie Flores, serve up an array of Mexican and American dishes for breakfast and lunch. The day starts early with omelets, generous plates of chorizo and eggs, or breakfast tacos filled with everything from beans and bacon to barbacoa. Lunchtime trots out enchiladas, taco options, and catfish or trout drizzled in spicy lime tartar sauce. Cooks grill and saut? hearty cuts of pork or beef before topping them with chili ancho sauce, salsa ranchera, and miniature top hats. For a classic Mexican amuse-bouche, guests can tuck into tamales encasing chicken, beans, and cheese in their protective?cornhusks.
Nestled along the river in a building originally erected in 1927, La Paloma Riverwalk surrounds guests not only in a beautiful, historic setting, but serves great Latin cuisine to boot. With both indoor and outdoor dining areas, visitors can cozy up under the shade of fragrant magnolia trees during lunch and dinner, or head inside to the bar for a glass of wine or a cocktail. Curated by the Flores family, the restaurant's specialties include bacon-wrapped filet mignon crowned with shrimp and stuffed roasted poblano peppers overflowing with chicken and cheese.
The crackling of fajita skillets punctuates the murmur of the pale-green waters that give Rita’s on the River its name. Broad trees scatter the sunlight across the rippling surface and the nearby stone patio, from which drift the aromas of steaming tamale masa, roasting poblano peppers, and enchiladas. As oversized margaritas click together, live mariachi tunes float through the air and a fountain quietly bubbles like a pocket dial from a scuba diver. When not doling out tacos and fajitas, Rita’s On the River throws its support to the community, sponsoring local baseball teams.