Who wakes up in the morning craving a taco? Well, apparently a whole lot of folks do, and there’s good reason to find out why. Breakfast tacos are so big in San Antonio that there are entire streets devoted to rise-and-shine taco delights starting just after sunrise. Start with one street that draws even the most reticent sleepwalker out from under the covers for an informal taco tour. Dip into several cafes in one day, ordering a single taco from each menu or sharing plates with friends. Don’t worry; there will be plenty of other taco-dashers up and down the street.
Hildebrand Avenue is the street of taco dreams, with a couple of viable side stops on McCullough. Since you’ll need to walk off a few calories between taco stops, these aren’t in any particular order, and you may be crisscrossing the avenue a bit. Start with sharing a mother-lode breakfast taco with friends at Rolando’s Super Taco, home of its signature namesake concoction bursting at the seams with refried beans, cheese, egg and guacamole. Make this your first stop, as the place gets super crowded as the morning progresses.
Just across the street from Rolando’s is the bright orange building of Fina’s Kitchen. Many devotees go only for the breakfast tacos, which are super inexpensive before 9 a.m. Order one to go if the place is busy, and snack on the way down the street to El Rafa’s Café. The main draw at El Rafa’s is the hand-rolled tortillas, regardless of what you put inside them. You can’t do a morning food-cruise on Hildebrand without making a dash into Taco Taco, home of the once-touted “Best Taco in San Antonio” by Bon Appetit.
Take a detour onto McCullough for the pork chop taco at Mary Lou’s Café, where you may want to linger over some Mexican hot cocoa before sharing bites of the bacon, egg and cheese taco. A few blocks down on McCullough, look for the hacienda-type structure housing Taqueria Chapala Jalisco. If you’ve given up on walking by now, it’s okay because they have a drive-thru for that one last inch of room in your morning belly. Fill it right up with a chilaquiles taco piled with jalapeno peppers on corn tortillas.