Viva Villa Taquería Opened Its Doors Today Oct 23rd in Market Square Downtown San Antonio
The Cortez family, owners of Viva Villa, aren’t new to the restaurant business. In fact, far from it. Three of San Antonio’s iconic downtown restaurants, Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia, La Margarita Restaurant & Marisco Bar and Restaurante Pico de Gallo are all owned by the Cortez family and you would be hard pressed to meet a local or tourist who hasn’t eaten in at least one of them.
Viva Villa, the family’s first fast casual restaurant, features a chef-inspired menu featuring more than 30 tacos along with craft beer (30 different bottled beers, classic favorites and craft & 8 different beers on tap) and wine, Big Red soft serve and more.
Viva Villa lives up to its namesake, Pancho Villa, as the restaurant’s food and service are nothing short of revolutionary. And here at Viva Villa they have revolutionary tacos that customers design themselves. Selecting from three categories of tacos; cazuelas, mercado or mini-street tacos the customer can literally create numerous types of tacos to suit their individual taste.
All tacos are served with either fresh in-house made corn or flour tortillas. Here’s a look at some of the cazuelitas (hot stew) dishes on the menu:
These cazuelitas will make 3-4 tacos so you might want to bring someone to dine with.
Dessert includes favorites like Pastel de Elote, Aztec hot chocolate brownie or Big Red soft serve.
Chef and general manager Carino Cortez is a third-generation foodie who grew up in the restaurant business. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America and traveling the country to learn her trade from notable chefs such as Rick Bayless, Cortez returned to Texas to share her true passion for authentic Mexican cuisine and carry on the family tradition.
Viva Villa is open everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner where customers can grab-and-go or sit down to enjoy the historic market square. The 110-year-old brick building incorporates the original brick work in a space modernized to comfortably seat 75 people inside and 70 people outside. Be sure to check out the giant pop-art mural of Pancho Villa at the bar.
The restaurant is also offering retail food delivery services to serve local customers and will offer a dink to-go program so patrons can stroll around El Mercado with margaritas in hand or take their craft beer home in a refillable 64-ounce growler.
**Full Disclosure: I attended a media preview in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are totally mine.
Location: Historic Market Square, 905 Dolorosa, San Antonio, TX
Monday – Thursday: 7am – 9:30pm
Friday: – 7am – 11pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 11pm
Sunday: 8:30am – 9pm