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Old 01-10-2014, 01:06 PM
Location: San Antonio
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Ok, first off I'm Hawaiian transplanted here in San Antonio and love the Mexican cuisine! However, friends have told me that the best places to get authentic Mexican food are the "mom and pops", "hole in the wall" places here. I went to one of them off Culebra and because I'm brown skinned, they thought I was Mexican and spoke to me in their native tongue. I felt embarrassed and out of place because for one, I didn't know what half the menu said and second, because I drop out of spanish classes in college. This is the guy who until recently discovered that "casa" was cheese or melted cheese. So, lastly besides Taco Cabana what are some other authentic food places I can go to for some real Mex-Tex food, that will pardon my ignorance in not knowing the spanish language.
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Old 01-10-2014, 03:01 PM
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Casa means house in spanish.Queso in spanish means cheese. I've been to some around the Universal City area like El Toro,Taco Sensations, El Jalisco( Schertz) Chalapa Jalisco on Pat Booker(UC) .There is Rolando's Super Tacos on Walzem and they have a few other locations as well. You might check on Yelp and also Sa Current magazine has a website and reviews places as well as the Taste section of the news paper. There is a place called I think Salsa on Ritterman Road near Kirby that got a good review. I took spanish in high school and junior high but have forgotten half of what I took. There is also Sol Luna on North New Braunfels in Alamo Heights too.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:51 PM
Location: San Antonio
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Try Los Compadres on Pleasanton, 1015 is the address I think. I've become a regular. Great food, hole in the wall, super clean and friendly people.
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:07 PM
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That's not entirely true because there are some good local chains like Blanco Cafe and Las Palapas which are as good or better than most good mom and pop places.

They are all around the city. The best way to tell is to see how busy they are during lunch hours, or on Saturday mornings. If you find one nearly empty and go, "YES! They are not too busy at this time which surprises me!" then you might want to be careful.

I don't speak much Spanish but I've never had trouble ordering. They all speak English. It might be better to find out some of the common names used at Mexican restaurants, such as huevos (eggs), and carne guisada (beef tips with gravy), etc. Visit a sit down restaurant which has descriptions of the items on their menu.
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:26 AM
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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If you're ever in the Stone Oak area on a late weekend night, check out El Piquin at Blanco & Huebner, the northeast corner by the CVS Pharmacy. SO....GOOD.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:55 AM
Location: East Terrell Hills
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I'm unsure what part of San Antonio is convenient for you, but I like Chapala's Taco House on Austin Highway. It is in a strip center across from Wal Mart.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:58 AM
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:11 PM
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by the way, related to your "brown skin" comment: there are lots of folks with brown skins here that don't speak Spanish. It is very common for second or third generation (or later) Mexican Americans to not have been taught Spanish at home.

So, even if you are Mexican, there is no shame in not speaking Spanish, and definitely no shame if you are Hawaiian, though you may find it fun and useful to learn some words.

The first thing they will probably ask you is "algo para tomar?" (would you like something to drink?) and if you just answer in English most servers will answer back in English. (or just answer in English, "what do you recommend?" or something like that."

Enjoy your culinary adventures!
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:07 PM
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Taqueria Jalisco
11791 West Ave
San Antonio, TX 78213

El Milagrito
521 E Woodlawn Ave
San Antonio, TX 78212

Los Angeles Tortilleria
300 N Zarzamora
San Antonio, TX 78207

Pete's Tako House
502 Brooklyn
San Antonio, TX 78212

Taqueria Huentitan
6502 Babcock Rd
San Antonio, TX 78249

Those are all places I woud go to before going to Las Palapas, TCs or Mama Margies.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:47 AM
Location: NW
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Blanco Cafe on Blanco south of Hildebrand. I drive a long way to go there now that we moved.

Garcias on Fredricksburg. Pork con chiles tacos. Ditto on the drive.
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