Now that you’ve locked down what you’re doing and where you’ll be, you’re going to want some fuel for those festivities. Fortunately, San Antonio is brimming with quality restaurants, particularly if you’re hungry for traditional Mexican cuisines or some Tex-mex. Few cities in America can boast such a legitimate Mexican heritage, and the food around here is one of its most luminescent examples.
First off, no matter what else you do to observe the holiday, make sure to head over to west-side bakery Panifico for a big box of pan de muerto. You’ll be full 'til Thanksgiving, but in a good way.
Dinner or drinks at iconic, always-open Mi Tierra is like a festival 24/7/365. Technically speaking, this is Tex-Mex, but what it eschews of strict Mexican-cuisine purity is more than made up for in solid dishes that have kept locals and tourists satisfied since 1941.
Celebrating 20 years of upscale Mexican cuisine, Paloma Blanca has a well-earned reputation for serving authentic Mexican cuisine and an impressive array of cocktails and specialty margaritas. Warm and welcoming, there is no better spot in SA for a celebration any time of year.
If you favor food trucks over frills, head over to the northwest side. Chela’s Tacos calls The Block home, keeping UTSA students stuffed with cheap eats all day long. If the line is too long -- or the hour’s too late -- the hungry hordes are practically walking distance from another stellar taco truck. Ricky’s parks behind a convenience store on the southeast corner of Hausman and Babcock. Unassuming and addictive, it is (until now) one of the best-kept secrets in all of SA.
Finally, if, despite the reason for the season, you are not craving tacos al pastor, head over to the historic Esquire Tavern for some of the best bar food in the universe (try the deviled eggs and/or the grilled pimento cheese sandwich!) and an adult beverage or two at Downstairs at Esquire. Just be sure to raise your glass to toast the departed; you never know who you might be sharing the bar with.