True Texans know that there’s a taco for every taste. Whether you like the pineapple-accented al pastor or the classic San Antonio puffy taco, there are few better places to eat tacos than the Alamo City. The taco is a way of life here, from $2 versions on rustic corn tortillas to high-end takes on tinga or picadillo — and you could live in San Antonio for decades without trying them all. We’ve rounded up our top spots for Taco Tuesday, where you’re guaranteed to find authentic flavors, creative variations, and warm, welcoming atmospheres. Best of all: All of the spots below also offer plenty of tequila, because what’s a Taco Tuesday without a margarita to match?Read More
The Best Spots for Taco Tuesday in San Antonio
1. The Rustic
A departure from your typical taco joint, The Rustic has something for everyone, ranging from burgers to chops. Still, the daily tacos are worth a special visit, especially when paired with a side of white hominy jazzed up with smoked ham and chipotle garlic cheese. A solid tequila-heavy cocktail menu and live music round out the fun. You’d be remiss not to try the Pineapple Smoke, a fruity take on a classic margarita that includes agave syrup, pineapple, and lemon juice.
2. Gloria's Latin Cuisine
Dallas’s long-running nightlife hot spot made its way to San Antonio in 2017, bringing with it not only steamy nights set to salsa beats but also a wide-ranging menu that combines owners Gloria and Jose Fuentes’s Salvadorian roots with Tex-Mex classics. The crispy taco dinner tastes even better with a 1862 Margarita, made with Cazadores Reposado tequila, fresh lime juice, and St-Germain. (This twist on a margarita is a tribute to the first Gloria’s location in Addison.)
3. Los Barrios Mexican Restaurant
Ask any true Texan about their favorite kind of taco and puffy tacos are sure to be mentioned in the same breath. Somewhat of a San Antonian oddity, puffy tacos start with a flattened ball of masa that’s then deep-fried until crispy and loaded with ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. Few places have mastered the art of the puffy taco quite like Los Barrios — they were even served at the White House back in 2010! Wash it all down with an El Jefe top-shelf margarita, made frozen or on the rocks with Cazadores tequila.
4. Taqueria Cazadores Mexican Food & Seafood
Don’t let Taqueria Cazadores’ humble exterior fool you: If you want good tacos at an eye-popping affordable price, you’ve come to the right place. In the new age of $4 tacos, most of Taqueria Cazadores’ options will run you just over $2 each. Meaty barbacoa is tender, juicy, and topped with just enough cilantro and diced onion to accent the flavors, and locals say the massive house margarita is among the best in town.
5. La Gloria
This hip take on Mexican street food brings some of the country’s most popular dishes and styles all under one roof. Whether you’re looking for tlayudas (kind of like Mexican pizza) or Mexico City-style al pastor tacos, La Gloria has it all. The rowdy cantina environment adds to the atmosphere, making this a great place to go with your buddies for a fun night out. The care and attention extend to the cocktail menu too: Chef Johnny Hernandez has gone beyond your typical margaritas, making tequila-based tipples with everything from cantaloupe to cucumber.
6. Sanchos Cantina & Cocina
Sancho’s, a popular downtown cantina, pours only 100 percent agave tequilas alongside a menu of fresh Mexican food that features traditional tacos like lengua guisada, pollo tinga, picadillo, and more. Kick it up a notch with the Spicy Sancho, a potent blend of reposado tequila, lime, orange juice, and a dash of hot sauce. With live music and a pup-friendly policy, it’s easy for the party to go on all night here.
7. Acenar Mexican Restaurant
Swanky Ácenar is the brainchild of Lisa Wong (of Rosario’s fame) and Pete Selig, the investor behind ever-popular New American restaurant Biga on Banks. Like its siblings, Ácenar is beautiful on the inside, with atmospheric views of the river, but it also serves excellent variations on Texas regional Mexican dishes. Expect a lot of Gulf seafood influence, as well as San Antonio staples like chiles rellenos and entomatadas (fried stuffed tortillas). The crab tinga tacos, made with Gulf blue crab sauteed with spicy chipotle, are a quirky (and delicious, of course) reinvention of a classic. The creativity carries over into the drinks: Try the Mexican Martini, made with tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and a dash of olive juice, natch. Request it with Cazadores Reposado for the best version.
8. The Original Mexican Restaurant
This Riverwalk institution has been dishing up San Antonio-style Mexican food 24 hours a day for decades. The menu won’t be surprising to anyone who’s spent a considerable amount of time in the state, but what it lacks in innovation it makes up for in quality — the tacos al carbon, a Texas classic, are made with fresh corn tortillas and tender beef, then topped with homemade guacamole and pico de gallo. All plates are served with rice, borracho beans, and calabacita, a kicky mix of summer squash and other veg. What good is a place that serves tacos at 2 a.m. if you can’t have a ’rita to go with it? The Original Mexican Restaurant has plenty to choose from, but we’re partial to the Caza Rita, made with Cazadores Reposado and Gran Gala orange liqueur.
9. El Bucanero
If you’re hoping for mariscos, no chingaderas (“seafood, no bullshit,” as their slogan states), El Bucanero is the real deal. Run by the Cervantes family who originally hail from Mexico’s Gulf-front state of Sinaloa, El Bucanero’s menu is loaded with creative variations on ceviche, campechana (a Mexican seafood cocktail), and, of course, fish tacos. It goes without saying that the lively seafaring menu is paired with classic margaritas and other tequila-infused cocktails.
Trendy Rosario’s is more contemporary than some San Antonio stalwarts, but Lisa Wong’s popular Mexican restaurant still serves Tex-Mex classics, albeit with a twist. The unique cascabel tacos are loaded with diced pork that’s simmered in a piquant cascabel chile sauce and served in homemade tortillas. The bar menu offers nearly 10 different specialty margaritas as well as other tequila-based cocktails, like the refreshing La Fruit Cup, made with fruit-infused tequila, citrus, agave, and Gran Gala.