The other day, Julie and I took a short walk over to Cascabel Mexican Patio, here in San Antonio. I have been looking at reviews on Yelp, UrbanSpoon, TripAdvisor and other sites to try and get a feel for the restaurants that are around us, and this one was highly rated everywhere.
We really didn’t know what to expect, other than that it is a restaurant considered more “authentic” than other Mexican restaurants. Based on the first view of the menu, that appeared to be the case. My Spanish is abysmal, but I know enough food words to have a general idea what I was ordering, but I stil knew that whatever I got was going to have a few surprises, and I wasn’t disappointed. I ordered huaraches, with carne al pastor, and Julie ordered tlacoyos. It was 3 fried little nuggets, similar to empanadas, with a cactus salad and rice. They also brought us out little bowls of soup and chips and salsa as an appetizer, both of which were awesome.
Both our dishes were absolutely excellent. Great, subtle flavors and everything worked well together.
For dessert I had a Guava empanada, which reminded me of pudgy pies made over a fire, and Julie had flan. The flan was thick and almost had a cheesecake texture – really, really good.
If this is what Mexican food is supposed to taste like, I think we’re missing out in the US with bland tacos and Taco Bell.