2015 NE Loop 410, (210) 996-1033. W-Sun 8am-4pm.
|exterior of Naco 210 in San Antonio, Texas|
It is difficult to say what is the best thing about this simple Mexican spot. The spectacular park-like area it is located within--Los Patios--or the atmospheric Naco restaurant itself, with its exceptional Mexican fare.
Diners park in a spacious lot and then walk in to the woodsy restaurant through a large park-like setting. Set on 18 rustic acres with hundreds of mature trees, Los Patios has been a hospitality and special event venue for more than 50 years. Yet its preserved, natural setting surprises first-time visitors. Several health-related complexes, a few shops, and an AirBNB also operate here.
|Los Patios park area in San Antonio, Texas|
Plenty of seating is available indoors, where large windows let in abundant light and a tree grows right through the dining room ceiling, and even more seating is awaits outdoors on an expansive deck surround by shade-providing trees. Salado Creek runs alongside the deck, which is the place to be in good weather, and grassy areas invite children to romp freely.
|dining room at Nico 210 in San Antonio, Texas|
|menu at Nico 210 in San Antonio, Texas|
And then there is the food. Using fresh organic and locally sourced ingredients when possible, Nico 210 is popular for its stellar oversize tacos made with flour tortillas. My favorite is the popular Diablo version, stuffed with large grilled shrimp and avocado. The menu offers plenty more, including chilaquiles, tortas, and enchiladas, as well as a few items with unusual ingredients like squash blossoms and huitlacoche (a fungus that grows on corn and is considered a delicacy in Mexico). A special brunch menu additionally offers breakfast tacos as well as huevos rancheros and several omelets and Benedicts.
|dining deck at Nico 210 in San Antonio, Texas|
|tacos Diablo at Nico 210 in San Antonio, Texas|
Place your order inside at the counter. Servers bring items to the tables as they are ready, as well as complimentary tortilla chips to nibble on while waiting.
Olla Express Cafe: Plan to stop in here after your meal for an unusual coffee.