Cuisine Type: Authentic Mexican cuisine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: The huarache
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Salsas are very hot, and [we have] karaoke on Thursdays and live music and DJs Friday through Sunday. Younger diners and can enjoy the playground and picnic for a family-friendly experience.
The owner of Los Frogs Mexican Bar-N-Grill draws inspiration for his restaurant's food from a very specific time and place. He describes his menu as "the best street food Mexico has to offer north of the border." Coming from a family that always owned restaurants, he wanted to preserve that tradition both in profession and flavor. So, he and his cooks recreate the dishes he grew up serving, from housemade salsas with a real bite of spice to chipotle-infused meatballs served with beans and rice. Customers appreciate the effort at authenticity; the owner says the greatest compliment he has ever received is, "It's just like ... mom and grandma's cooking. Feels like home again."
The patrons of Mary Lou’s Cafe aren’t the only ones relishing in the deliciousness of the Mexican breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. In 2010, Texas Monthly picked the eatery as one of the 50 Best Mexican Restaurants in Texas and one of the 7 best in the San Antonio area. The eatery’s chefs continue to satisfy customers with traditional Mexican entrees, from gorditas, enchiladas, and fajitas to Mary Lou Cafe’s special puffy tacos, which are deep-fried and spiced with picadillo. The spacious dining room houses white-clothed tables framed by elegant landscape artwork, and servers surround the outdoor patio to keep hungry trees from snatching tacos right off diners' plates.
At Munchies. It's All Good, the cooks will deep-fry just about anything: pickles, avocados, the picnic tables in the dining room. The restaurant's main focus, however, is barbecue. Brisket, ribs, and chicken are served alongside hearty fixings such as Texas toast and baked beans. Diners can order these morsels by the pound, or as combination platters.
Step into El Nogal Mexican Restaurant, and you may feel transported to an authentic neighborhood eatery in Mexico. That's because the restaurant serves up classic Mexican cuisine in the form of enchiladas flanked by beans and rice, ensalada de asada, and crispy tacos. But the decor plays a part, too. Terra-cotta-hued walls, multicolored booths, and colorful sombreros, banners, and streamers infuse the space with a distinctly Mexican ambiance.
Inside the kitchens of Fajita Taco Place's four locations, chefs prepare classic Mexican dishes and house-made salsa alongside Tex-Mex standbys. In the morning, servers deliver plates of huevos rancheros and pancakes alongside steaming mugs of coffee. For lunch and dinner, they serve tacos, fajitas, and steaks, then bring out margaritas and imported beers to the escalating cheers of a studio audience.
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.