I love all foods Mexican; nachos, quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas… but is there anything better than loading a taco shell with a variety of feisty ingredients that create an enigmatic burst of vibrant flavors in your mouth? The fresher the ingredients, the better the taco. Fact! Whether it’s Taco Tuesday or Freaky Friday, any time of day is a good time for tacos. Thankfully, San Antonio is big on Mexican food. Here are 8 places to find the freshest tacos in town.
The Cove is a family-friendly restaurant conveniently located slightly north of downtown San Antonio. They’re passionate about “SOL” – sustainable, organic, local ingredients – incorporating them in all their meals. There’s an awesome outdoor playground for kids to enjoy and the outdoor lighting also makes it a good place for a date. There’s ample seating, so it’s good for large groups and for any occasion. The tortillas are made with non-GMO corn. All the tacos here are incredibly fresh and delicious but the fish tacos are the best in town. It comes with grilled tilapia, cilantro coleslaw, and spicy Poblano sauce. They have vegetarian options as well.
Good to know: They have plenty of free parking – ideal for meeting large groups.
The Cove: 606 W Cypress St, San Antonio, TX, 78212
Sangria on the Burg is a craft house restaurant situated on Fredericksburg Rd in the Medical Center area. It’s small but spacious with an indoor and outdoor area that gives it a bustling atmosphere. The place is celebrated for its intoxicating sangrias, margaritas, tacos, and BBQ. Each meal served here is made with organic and locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. The tortillas are hand made and served with a choice of house salad, grilled veggies, and french fries or a cup of fideo. The ‘Smoked Brisket’ tacos consist of two tacos with pasilla onion strings and BBQ sauce. Their other options are also delicious and include grilled fish, pork belly, chicken options, Hawaiian pork, and ‘Tri Fungi’ (3 mushrooms). If you’re looking for a place to eat fresh tacos and enjoy a few laidback drinks, this is the place.
Good to know: Taco Tuesdays are a must!
Sangria on the Burg: 5115 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX, 78229
Pharm Table is a chef-driven, anti-inflammatory restaurant that only incorporates organic, local, gluten-free ingredients in their recipes. It’s located downtown, outside of the tourist district. Just stepping into this restaurant makes you feel healthier. There’s something about the rustic, friendly atmosphere that lifts your mood. The chef-owner, Elizabeth Johnson, is a culinary genius that believes in long-term health and vitality through food. If you’re looking for well-balanced, wholesome tacos that are messy and well-paired, you’ll find them here. The ‘Farm to Table Tacos’ consists of 3 non-GMO, heirloom blue corn tortillas with seasonal roasted and pickled vegetables, vegan purées, and beet cashew ‘crema’. Each taco has a unique spread which keeps the dish interesting.
Good to know: They’re open 11 am – 3 pm daily and will deliver healthy tacos delivered to your workspace.
Pharm Table: 106 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX, 78205
The Rustic restaurant is conveniently situated at The Rim shopping center on La Cantera. It’s a massive establishment and half of it is open-air with great seating options available inside and outside. There’s usually live music playing. They serve delicious, homestyle meals prepared with farm-fresh local ingredients. The tacos are served in large portions, family-style – perfect for sharing. There is also the option of ‘Lunch Tacos,’ which is for one person and served Monday-Friday between 11 am and 3 pm. All the popular meat options are available such as slow-cooked pork, brisket, and chicken. The Brisket is very flavorful, served on bacon fat tortillas, with onions, cilantro, and tangy salsa.
Good to know: They have specials on different days of the week, including Taco Tuesdays.
The Rustic: 17619 La Cantera Pkwy, Suite 204, San Antonio, TX, 78257
The Hoppy Monk is a cheerful bar situated on the north side of San Antonio. They serve home-style, upscale pub food made from locally-sourced ingredients. Their selection of tacos includes beer-braised rabbit, pork carnitas, ribeye, and mushroom chorizo (which is vegan). You can’t go wrong with the ‘Tacos De Ribeye.’ You get 3 tacos with 100% grass-fed, pasture-raised ribeye, cooked to perfection and served with heirloom corn tortillas, salsa, avocado crema, caramelized onions, and chile toreado. The vegan option is filling too. With a great indoor and outdoor seating area and live music most nights, this is casual dining done right.
Good to know: Happy hour runs “all-day” on Mondays!
The Hoppy Monk: 1010 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX, 78232
5 Points Local is a farm-to-table restaurant situated in a historic building on Flores Street. The atmosphere is friendly, relaxing, and eclectic. The seasonally changing menu items are made using fresh, local, organic ingredients that are also gluten-free. The ‘Vegan Tacos’ here are so good that you’ll come back for more – even if you’re not vegan. The dish currently consists of two non-GMO tortillas filled with organic tempeh mix, red onion, cashew crema, cilantro, refried black beans, and avocado. They have add-ons that you can choose from with any meal.
Good to know: It’s also a yoga studio that offers daily yoga classes.
5 Points Local: 1017 N Flores St, San Antonio, TX, 78212
Sustenio Restaurant & Bar is an elegant eatery located in the Eilan Hotel. If you want to enjoy some delicious tacos in a beautiful and serene atmosphere, you can try this place. It’s upscale but still laidback and urban – perfect for business lunches, dinner dates, and breakfast. They serve a variety of tacos throughout the day depending on which menu you order from. The Executive Chef, John Herman, uses traditional, locally-sourced Texas ingredients. The corn tortillas are great and the toppings are tasty. The chef knows how to let the flavors of the fresh, locally-sourced ingredients shine. The presentation of the food at Sustenio is also beautiful. The ‘Mesquite Smoked Beef Brisket’ tacos are very tender and have a slight pepper flavor.
Good to know: The desserts are to die for, especially the banana cream pie.
Sustenio Restaurant & Bar: 18603 La Cantera Terrace, San Antonio, TX, 78256
That’s the roundup of the freshest farm-to-table tacos we’ve found in San Antonio, but if you know something or somewhere that we may have overlooked, please let me know in the comments below.
And if you’re in the mood for a bit of cooking, you must absolutely try this delicious recipe for breakfast tacos!