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Fearless Critic restaurant review
San Antonio
Counter service

Daily 8:00am–10:00pm

Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx

Far West
7627 Culebra Rd.
San Antonio, TX
(210) 680-1412
Tacos y Burritos Metro Basilica 2
More Mex than most, this is a truck in strip-center guise

Metro Basilica, named for a Mexico City metro stop but situated here in an unglamorous strip center, is one of the few places in town that can claim to serve some version of authentic Mexican cuisine at the low end of the price spectrum. (It’s a “clean, almost antiseptic setting,” claimed one panelist.) Unlike La Gloria, which is more like an EZ’s peddling street food, Metro Basilica has very little pretense: the short menu is seriously Spartan. And it’s the real deal, with an emphasis on masa to cradle the various grilled meats.

Huaraches, sopes, and mulitas are among the offerings not found on every local street corner. But they also serve common taco-truck items: taquitos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas, and tostadas. That’s pretty much it, except for pozole and menudo on the weekend. Prices are taco-truck cheap, with most tacos priced at a dollar, and more expensive items ranging from $3.50–$6.

What stands out for us is the mulita—two thick corn tortillas grilled with meat and cheese, served with salsa and avocado. A tortilla sandwich, some have called it, and like the quesadilla, it’s absolutely delicious. Another standout item is the carnitas, which are incredibly flavorful: salty yet moist, decadent yet still somehow minimal. Yes, the huarache is served with too much cheese on top, but other than that everything is simple and done well. For an adventurous diner who wants something different and cheap—lengua and cabeza, for example—this is a great option.

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