Great Traditional Mexican Food is Found at Aldaco’s

Monday 18th, July 2016 / 14:59 Written by
Great Traditional Mexican Food is Found at Aldaco’s

Great Traditional Mexican Food is What Aldaco’s is all About

When looking for great traditional Mexican food in San Antonio, you need look no further than Aldaco’s and with two locations in the city, you need not look far.

Started in 1989 by Blanca Aldaco, a native of Guadelajara Mexico, the restaurant soon became synonymous with authentic Mexican cuisine. In fact, Blanca’s recipes and style of cooking helped put San Antonio on the map for its Mexican Cuisine.

As a culinary entrepreneur, Blanca has put innovative twists on Tex-Mex dishes and elevated them to new delicious heights.

And speaking of heights, Aldaco’s Stone Oak location (where this review was done) is the highest point in San Antonio. It’s a must to sit on the patio and look out over the north side of the city. The views are wonderful and the breeze keeps the temps down. So sit outside, enjoy one of the many cocktails at the end of your day or a lazy weekend lunch.

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Blanca recommends the La Bonita Margarita (her favorite by the way), a mix of El Mexicano Resposado 100% agave tequila, Cointreau, Grand Marnier and fresh lime juice. This concoction will most assuredly help you relax.

Great Traditional Mexican Food

Or Blanca’s second fave on the selection of cocktails is The Dominion with none other than Patrón Silver 100% agave tequila made with her “secret” ingredients. Either one of these drinks will make you blissfully happy.

Great Traditional Mexican Food

On my next visit here I want to try that mysterious Avocado Margarita with a creamy kick. It just sounds downright interesting.

As for Avocado, we started off the meal with the Guacamole Azteca to go with the margaritas. It is always a favorite of mine and the Aldaco’s version was made even more special by being prepared table-side. Using two fresh avocados, smashed, John, the wait person a.k.a. avocado mixologist, started adding fresh jalapenos, cilantro, onion and fresh citrus juices to create a platter of goodness. I’m sure other appetizers are good here, but if you love guac, this is a must.

To show you some of the culinary creativity at Aldaco’s, try the unusual but delicious Chile Relleno Enchiladas, a house specialty. This dish brings three dishes together into one; Chile Relleno, chicken cheese enchilada in creamy cilantro sauce, and a picadillo cheese enchilada in a creme chipotle sauce all topped with Queso Fresco. The dish comes with borracho beans with a wonderful smoky bacon flavor and Mexican rice. This whole dish was amazing!

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The Centerpiece was the next dish and it was also a specialty of the house. It is basically a lettuce-less salad of sorts with wedges of tomatoes, grilled zucchini, slices of avocado, red onion, grilled chilies and a wonderful grilled queso panela. The cheese was actually my personal favorite of the dish, a crusty, gooey goodness. All these wonderful ingredients are then drizzled with a yummy cilantro dressing. It is said that this dish made it to the menu in 1995 and it is more popular than ever. It is one of Aldaco’s most requested plates. To put this dish even further off the charts, add grilled chicken, beef or shrimp or even arrachera (marinated beef skirt steak) to this “salad”.

Great Traditional Mexican Food

I also understand from others that everything on the menu here is good. There are no bad choices!

Dessert at Aldaco’s is really spectacular too. If you can’t choose a dessert from their ample dessert menu, then choose this dessert! The Los 4 Amigos was the total bomb in 4 ways. The Churros con Cajeta were just as they should be – crunchy on the outside with lots of cinnamon sugar and moist and creamy on the inside. The Pastel Tres Leches* was loaded with sweet milk for that moistness and was topped with a lemon icing instead of whipped cream for a twist. The Sopapillas were like triangle doughnuts with just the right puffiness. And last but not the least was the creamy Flan which is a personal favorite of mine. This dessert was excellent. The Los 4 Amigos has something everyone will like.

Great Traditional Mexican Food

*Note: The Tres Leches Cake is probably the best in the city and it’s rumored that Blanca was the first to serve this treat in her original restaurant on Commerce street in 1989.

Aldaco’s has a gluten-free menu and they do weekend brunch with $4 Bloody Mary’s and Flavored Mimosas for $3.

Oh, and for a fun thing to do with friends sign up for Tortilla 1.01, a cooking class with Blanca. She will show you how to cook native Mexican Cuisine and pour the perfect Margarita! This is a 2-hour event (minimum 15 guests required). Limited Seating Available. So call all your comadres and compadres and have a cooking fiesta.

For a fun time and great traditional Mexican food go to Aldaco’s!

**Full Disclosure: I received dinner in exchange for my review.  All opinions in this post are totally mine.


Stone Oak: 20079 Stone Oak Pwky, San Antonio @ Hardy Oak

Phone: 210.494.0561


Sun – Wed 11am – 9pm

Thurs – Sat 11am – 10pm

Happy Hour (Mon – Fri) 2pm – 6pm

Brunch Sat & Sun 10:30am – 3pm

Daily Lunch Specials 11am – 3pm

The Dominion: 22211 Interstate I-10 Frontage Rd, San Antonio

Phone: 210.698.9700


Sun – Thurs 11am – 9pm

Fri – Sat 11am – 10pm

Happy Hour (Mon – Fri) 2pm – 6pm

Brunch Sat & Sun 10:30am – 3pm

Daily Lunch Specials 11am – 3pm

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