Anyone who follows San Antonio’s New York Times bestselling author Shea Serrano knows his craving for carne guisada with cheese tacos from the Mendez Cafe. As he says, the juicy, dripping tacos are proof that “Mexicans are perfect”.
While Serrano has brought his legion of nearly 500,000 international Twitter followers to the Southside spot, it’s not the only taco shop in San Antonio where customers can find a familiar face for breakfast. Over the years, MySA has put together several lists with the same theme: Where does San Antonio get its breakfast tacos from? But we never thought of contacting the local authorities to find out where to get their tacos.
These are the San Antonians we see behind the anchor pulpit, the furry ones we see jumping through the hardwood of the spurs, the one holding a seat on the dais, and the voices telling our morning drives.
In a city with an abundance of breakfast tacos, choosing where to go has been tough, and these people let us know. Some provided a list of choices for different times of the day or food cravings, others decided to be more balanced and decided to just share their go-to order instead of posting a “favorite”. We don’t blame them, be it the closeness that makes them special or the taste, San Antonio is spoiled for choice. We owe the hard work and tenacity of these local businesses, who throughout the pandemic have shown themselves to have catered for from morning pick-me-ups to night-time food cravings.
But if they had to prove that San Antonio’s breakfast tacos are better than anywhere else, especially Austin, what places or orders would they send into battle to fight them? Read on to find out.
Roma Villavicencio – host of KENS 5’s Great Day SA
Roma Villavicencio is the presenter of the morning program “Great Day SA” from KENS-TV
The KENS 5 Morning Staple says there are “too many” great taco spots to choose from, but she goes with Pete’s Tako House and The Original Blanco Cafe (location Fredericksburg Road) What does she order?
“Chorizo and potatoes all day,” she says.
Randy Beamer – former WOAI anchor
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The San Antonio news legend says his favorite taco spot no longer exists. He shares a “RIP” for Baby Taco Garage, which closed earlier this year. When he has breakfast with his vegan daughter, he goes to Green. Sometimes all he needs is a quick stop at Taco Palenque or Taco Cabana. He says his taco policy is to try a restaurant’s potato and egg, chorizo and egg, and especially beans and cheese, just to gauge how much “effort they put into the basics”.
Ron Nirenberg – Mayor of San Antonio
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Obviously, the mayor can’t play favorites, but he says he always has fond memories of Carmelitas driving his mayoral campaigns in 2017 and 2019. His favorite order? Beans and egg on a corn tortilla. All the protein.
Spurs Coyote – NBA mascot
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The furthest sprint took a page from Nirenberg’s book and was the mother of his favorites, but, as always, had jokes.
“South Texas has the best tacos out there that it’s so hard to pick just one taco place. I’m more into fitness … fitness taco in my mouth, ”he says.
Xavier the Freakin Rican – 107.5 radio host
Vibe 107.5 hosts Xavier, the freakin ‘rican.
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The longtime San Antonio radio personality also struggled to pick a favorite so he did his best depending on the time of day. When he’s in the mood for tacos for lunch, he goes to Panchito’s on Zarzamora, but when it’s an early weekend morning he goes to Taqueria Mexico on Military Drive. Both are “excellent” at different times of the day.
“My favorite is beans and cheese and beans and eggs,” he adds. “If I feel like it, it’s a beef fajita with guacamole. Lots of salsa verde and salsa roja.”
Beth Böhm – Y100 radio host
Beth Böhm, Y100 radio host.
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A morning lover of San Antonio since 2013, Beth needs her taco runs near the studio to fuel her up for the morning shift. Like Roma, she also relies on Blanco Cafe. Two Chilaquiles tacos are always her order, she says “it’s the cheese” that brings her back.
Chris Flores, @eatmigos – food influencer
Foodie influencer Chris Flores, aka @eatmigos.
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Flores, known to his 32,000 Instagram followers as the taco “king” @eatmigos, has a list ready that is worthy of the San Antonio premier class. In the early hours of the morning, from 6 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. to be precise, he relies on Eddie’s Taco House. For brunch from 10.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. you will find Flores in Con Huevos. When he’s on the Southside, he’s at Taco Haven on Steves. He may be a little biased, there’s a taco named after him there. His favorite orders are a barbacoa taco, a carne guisada with cheese, and a bean and cheese with bacon. When he’s at Taco Haven, he substitutes beans and cheese for his taco, a chorizo and beans with bacon and cheese. Whoa.
Audrey Castoreno – KENS 5 anchor
It’s KENS 5 presenter / reporter Audrey Castoreno!
KENS 5’s morning anchor also says it’s hard to pick a favorite. For Castoreno, it all depends on what she longs for. The new mom says when she was pregnant, beans and cheese and barbacoa tacos were high on her list. Her favorite restaurants are The Original Donut Shop, where she gets a bean and cheese with bacon (and a donut). For Barbacoa, she trusts Tommy’s or Sarah’s.
The original Blanco Cafe also has a fan in this KENS 5 Lady. She says beans and cheese and carne guisada with cheese are her usual order, and she checks the bag to make sure there is a pack of green salsa with it.