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15 Essential Tacos to Try in San Antonio

Where to find iconic puffy tacos, vegan jackfruit carnitas tacos, and saucy carne guisada tacos

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Whether it’s a local chain restaurant, a taco truck, or a neighborhood taqueria, most people in San Antonio have their go-to places to get good tacos. Some even take it a step further and designate their favorite spots for specific types of tacos.

Tacos are an integral part of San Antonio’s food scene, and it reflects in the sheer volume of places that offer them. There’s breakfast tacos at Patty’s Taco House, barbacoa tacos at Tommy’s Restaurant, and tacos al pastor at Taquitos West Avenue, just to name a few. Whatever your taco needs may be, these 15 restaurants have you covered morning, noon, and night.

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Tommy's Restaurant

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Known for its barbacoa and Big Red combo, Tommy’s Restaurant has five locations serving up the classic San Antonio pairing along with its full Mexican breakfast menu. Tommy’s is open for dine-in service, and to-go orders can be placed online.

A closeup of two barbacoa tacos with avocado and onions next to a glass bottle of Big Red soda.
Barbacoa tacos and Big Red at Tommy’s Restaurant
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Tacos y Burritos Metro Basilica 2 Taco Truck

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The menu at Tacos y Burritos Metro Basilica 2 is simple — tacos, burritos, and quesadillas with your choice of meat. The taco special comes with three mini tacos paired with a soda or horchata. The taco truck has a drive-thru, but for those looking to dine in, the brick-and-mortar sister restaurant is open for service on Culebra.

Taquitos West Avenue

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Tacos al pastor, served Thursday through Sunday, are the main event at Taquitos West Avenue, while the pan dulce on the panaderia side of the restaurant is a solid breakfast addition. The order-at-the-counter restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in service.

Henry's Puffy Tacos

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Puffy tacos are embedded in the food history of San Antonio, and Henry’s is keeping that legacy alive. The restaurant is open for dine-in service, and to-go orders can be placed online.

Original Donut Shop

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People line up in their cars down Fredericksburg Road every morning to get breakfast tacos from the Original Donut Shop. Try the toasted bean and cheese taco, and get a fresh doughnut while you’re at it. Orders can be placed ahead online, and the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor service.

Taqueria Datapoint

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This local taqueria chain goes big on the mini tacos, especially the al pastor and carne asada varieties. The Datapoint on Gramercy is a best bet for those late-night taco runs, and it’s currently open for indoor and drive-thru service.

Rita's Fiesta Cafe

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With its parrot-themed decor and hanging family portraits, this inviting neighborhood taqueria has a nostalgic charm, and some of the best barbacoa tacos and Mexican breakfast plates on the West Side. A non-taco menu highlight is Rita’s menudo, served with fresh tortillas and sliced limes. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

Garcia's Mexican Food

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Garcia’s is a Tex-Mex joint that offers loaded Mexican breakfast plates and lots of meaty tacos, like carne guisada, chicken fajita, and barbecue brisket tacos. Garcia’s is open for indoor dine-in service.

Tacos El Regio

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A late-night bar crawl on the St. Mary’s Strip is rarely complete without food, and this taco truck is an excellent way to end a night of fun. The mini tacos are the star of the menu and pair well with a serving of charro beans or the elote-style corn in a cup. To-go orders can be placed online.

El Remedio Taco Truck

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El Remedio Taco Truck is at the forefront of the birria trend, serving up orders of its slow-stewed meat stuffed into toasted tortillas, served with chopped onions and sliced limes, all across town. To-go orders can be placed online.

Carnitas Don Raúl-USA

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Related to the renowned Mexican restaurant of the same name, which was featured on Netflix’s Taco Chronicles, this taco truck sells carnitas by the pound or as individual tacos. Parked on the Broadway News lot, the truck is open with limited outdoor seating.

Ray's Drive Inn

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West Side staple Ray’s Drive Inn has been serving its neighborhood and beyond since the 1950s. One of the originators of the coveted puffy taco, Ray’s is an authentic drive-in, so diners can park, order, and enjoy a helping of puffy tacos in the comfort of their cars.

Señor Veggie

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Señor Veggie has been serving up vegan Mexican food in Southtown for a hot minute. This is the place to get vegan puffy tacos, as well as an assortment of quesadillas, nachos, and empanadas. The restaurant is open for indoor service, and to-go orders can be placed online.

Carnitas Lonja

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As the name suggests, this quaint taqueria serves up ample helpings of tender carnitas, the likes of which have garnered national attention and earned chef Alex Paredes a semifinalist position in the 2020 James Beard Awards. The restaurant is open for outdoor dining, and to-go orders can be placed online.

Patty's Taco House

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Mornings at Patty’s can get pretty busy, which is partly due to its amply stuffed breakfast tacos and quick, friendly service. The dining room has a nice, homey feel to it, which makes for a great sit-down breakfast spot, but if you’re in a hurry, the restaurant has a counter inside dedicated just to to-go orders.

Carne guisada breakfast tacos on white serving paper.
Carne guisada breakfast tacos at Patty’s Taco House.
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Tommy's Restaurant

A closeup of two barbacoa tacos with avocado and onions next to a glass bottle of Big Red soda.
Barbacoa tacos and Big Red at Tommy’s Restaurant
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Known for its barbacoa and Big Red combo, Tommy’s Restaurant has five locations serving up the classic San Antonio pairing along with its full Mexican breakfast menu. Tommy’s is open for dine-in service, and to-go orders can be placed online.

A closeup of two barbacoa tacos with avocado and onions next to a glass bottle of Big Red soda.
Barbacoa tacos and Big Red at Tommy’s Restaurant
Tommy’s Restaurant/Facebook

Tacos y Burritos Metro Basilica 2 Taco Truck

The menu at Tacos y Burritos Metro Basilica 2 is simple — tacos, burritos, and quesadillas with your choice of meat. The taco special comes with three mini tacos paired with a soda or horchata. The taco truck has a drive-thru, but for those looking to dine in, the brick-and-mortar sister restaurant is open for service on Culebra.

Taquitos West Avenue

Tacos al pastor, served Thursday through Sunday, are the main event at Taquitos West Avenue, while the pan dulce on the panaderia side of the restaurant is a solid breakfast addition. The order-at-the-counter restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in service.

Henry's Puffy Tacos

Puffy tacos are embedded in the food history of San Antonio, and Henry’s is keeping that legacy alive. The restaurant is open for dine-in service, and to-go orders can be placed online.

Original Donut Shop

People line up in their cars down Fredericksburg Road every morning to get breakfast tacos from the Original Donut Shop. Try the toasted bean and cheese taco, and get a fresh doughnut while you’re at it. Orders can be placed ahead online, and the restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor service.

Taqueria Datapoint

This local taqueria chain goes big on the mini tacos, especially the al pastor and carne asada varieties. The Datapoint on Gramercy is a best bet for those late-night taco runs, and it’s currently open for indoor and drive-thru service.

Rita's Fiesta Cafe

With its parrot-themed decor and hanging family portraits, this inviting neighborhood taqueria has a nostalgic charm, and some of the best barbacoa tacos and Mexican breakfast plates on the West Side. A non-taco menu highlight is Rita’s menudo, served with fresh tortillas and sliced limes. The restaurant is open for indoor dine-in service.

Garcia's Mexican Food

Garcia’s is a Tex-Mex joint that offers loaded Mexican breakfast plates and lots of meaty tacos, like carne guisada, chicken fajita, and barbecue brisket tacos. Garcia’s is open for indoor dine-in service.

Tacos El Regio

A late-night bar crawl on the St. Mary’s Strip is rarely complete without food, and this taco truck is an excellent way to end a night of fun. The mini tacos are the star of the menu and pair well with a serving of charro beans or the elote-style corn in a cup. To-go orders can be placed online.

El Remedio Taco Truck

El Remedio Taco Truck is at the forefront of the birria trend, serving up orders of its slow-stewed meat stuffed into toasted tortillas, served with chopped onions and sliced limes, all across town. To-go orders can be placed online.

Carnitas Don Raúl-USA

Related to the renowned Mexican restaurant of the same name, which was featured on Netflix’s Taco Chronicles, this taco truck sells carnitas by the pound or as individual tacos. Parked on the Broadway News lot, the truck is open with limited outdoor seating.

Ray's Drive Inn

West Side staple Ray’s Drive Inn has been serving its neighborhood and beyond since the 1950s. One of the originators of the coveted puffy taco, Ray’s is an authentic drive-in, so diners can park, order, and enjoy a helping of puffy tacos in the comfort of their cars.

Señor Veggie

Señor Veggie has been serving up vegan Mexican food in Southtown for a hot minute. This is the place to get vegan puffy tacos, as well as an assortment of quesadillas, nachos, and empanadas. The restaurant is open for indoor service, and to-go orders can be placed online.

Carnitas Lonja

As the name suggests, this quaint taqueria serves up ample helpings of tender carnitas, the likes of which have garnered national attention and earned chef Alex Paredes a semifinalist position in the 2020 James Beard Awards. The restaurant is open for outdoor dining, and to-go orders can be placed online.

Patty's Taco House

Carne guisada breakfast tacos on white serving paper.
Carne guisada breakfast tacos at Patty’s Taco House.
Patty’s Taco House/Facebook

Mornings at Patty’s can get pretty busy, which is partly due to its amply stuffed breakfast tacos and quick, friendly service. The dining room has a nice, homey feel to it, which makes for a great sit-down breakfast spot, but if you’re in a hurry, the restaurant has a counter inside dedicated just to to-go orders.

Carne guisada breakfast tacos on white serving paper.
Carne guisada breakfast tacos at Patty’s Taco House.
Patty’s Taco House/Facebook

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