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Feb 5, 2013 06:22 PM

Tex-mex or Mexican near the missions

Doing a super quick trip next week and don't want to spend too much time driving around, but I will if I need to. I have been searching the old posts and checking menus, and have a list of about 10 restaurants I would love to eat at, but I still haven't figured out where they all are. We are staying at the Westin on the Riverwalk. I know I want to eat off the Riverwalk and was wondering if anything really good is around the Missions, or on the way from downtown to the missions.

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  1. Nicha's is right across from Mission San Jose and is fairly typical Tex-mex

    1. We just got back from a similar quick trip and have 2 ideas for you:
      • Las Palmas is a block or 2 north of Nicha's on the west side of Roosevelt Road. Small storefront eatery with good, typical Tex-mex, homemade flour and corn tortillas. Clean spot, sweet family feeling. This would be your quick, non-fancy option.
      • La Fruteria, 1401 S. Flores, is a newish spot from Johnny Hernandez serving botanos in the evenings. After the missions close at 5, you could go for delicious drinks and a meal of snacks. It's on the ground floor of a converted warehouse. Two of us had nuts and cocktails and then shared 4 plates. This is interior Mexican food. They were out of a couple things but we loved everything we ate and I'd go back in a minute. Fresh and tasty, and only very slightly off your path back to the hotel. Have a great trip!