Culinaria launches San Antonio Food Trails

March 22, 2019

Lace up those hiking boots, folks. Culinaria has just released a trio of San Antonio Food Trails celebrating the city’s best tacos, barbecue and margaritas, and y’all have some serious eating to do.

A total of 30 restaurants — 10 in each category — were named to the trails. For the time being, the trails exist solely as lists published at culinariasa.org, although Suzanne Taranto-Etheredge, Culinaria’s president, said guided tours will be offered in the near future. Culinaria intends to roll out new trails celebrating seasonal foods and geographical parts of the city every quarter moving forward.

Establishing the trails has long been part of an effort involving input from numerous chefs, the city’s World Heritage Office, Visit San Antonio and other organizations. Taranto-Etheredge said more than 100 people were involved in multiple rounds of voting to identify the recognized restaurants.

In addition to exceptional food, restaurants on the trail had to meet a set of criteria including consistently high health scores and a visible web presence. Longtime area favorites including Henry’s Puffy Tacos, Garcia’s Mexican Food and Los Barrios represent the taco category; 2M Smokehouse, The Big Bib and South BBQ and Kitchen are among the barbecue representatives; and margaritas at Aldaco’s, La Fonda and Soluna are included.

The establishments will enjoy a one-year tenure on the list, at which point the trails will be reevaluated by the electing committee.

Paul Stephen is a food and drink reporter and restaurant critic in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | pstephen@express-news.net | Twitter: @pjbites | Instagram: @pjstephen