NKOTB should save his impersonations of Jonathan Gold and stick to things he knows about, like getting fleeced by bar girls.
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True that. On the plus side, you got the chance to respond publicly, and I think you handled perfectly.Alamo Cafe wrote:Yes, it would have been nice to get a PM and a chance to make it right, or at least come to the conclusion that we simply have very different tastes if that is indeed the case. However, when I started this thread that implicitly gave anyone who did not like the food or anything else the right to reply, so as long as the opinions and facts given are honest, I have no complaint. So far, the comments and reviews have been running over 90% positive, but there is always room for improvement.
I've had meals I didn't like at some of my favorite restaurants in the past, it happens, so I hope he goes by again and gives it another chance.
I'm suspicious of places that have NO bad reviews anyways, LoL.
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I grew up in Texas and lived there for over 30 years, and I assure you that our Tex-Mex food is indeed authentic. That, of course, does not mean that it is the food you want, as everyone's tastes are different. If you have previously had tacos or quesadillas from any of the border towns or to some extent San Antonio and Austin, and that is what you were expecting, you may be disappointed. While that is Texas Mexican food by technical definition and can often be quite tasty, it is not what was traditionally knowwn as Tex-Mex. It is the style of food found in the northern Mexican states such as Coahuilas, Chihuaha, Tomaulipas and which has been brought across the border by immigrants from those areas in the last few decades. The seasoning, ingredients and style of cooking are all different to varying degrees. It is more akin to what you can now find at some of the food trucks and small restaurants in southern California or in Baja California Norte, where I also lived, than to traditional Tex-Mex.
Of course, we still have chicken fried steaks, chicken fingers, jalapeno poppers (very Tex-Mex), and several other dishes, and it looks as if we may be adding some of the best wings and ribs around as permanent menu items soon. We also plan to experiment with some tacos al pastor recipes when we get time. These might be closer to what NKOTB was expecting, and are one of my favorite dishes, but they are not Tex-Mex.
Note: I'm not saying there is no Tex-Mex food to be found in San Antonio. The best Tex-Mex food I have ever eaten was at a huge restaurant in San Antonio that had nothing but shared cafeteria bench seating and still had 200-300 customers every day for lunch. I'm just saying that many of the newer restaurants that have sprung up there as it has grown at a phenomenal rate over the last 20-25 years are not Tex-Mex.
When I think of tacos, this comes to mind...
2 tacos, side of chips, horchata.
I’m glad that so many enjoy your restaurant’s food and I wish you the best of luck.
Beef tacos at Viva on the Riverside, admittedly not the best but ok at $3 for two. Reasonable venue includes aircon area and both inside and outside fan cooled seating.
Or $1.50 each
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