Based in San Antonio, Texas

La Rosa de San Antonio, 1103 Pleasanton Road


Give me a little funk on the cured meats on a charcuterie board all day, every day. But no funk in my tacos, please. Gross!

At La Rosa de San Antonio on Pleasanton Road, the waitress brought a plate of tacos and I immediately smelled it. It was reminiscent of the appetite-killing and lingering odor that rises after the waitress has wiped the table with an old washcloth.

That funk — or something similiar to it — permeated my machacado taco. The four tortilla was about average, but one bite into the taco and that was it. No second bite. And you can tell from the photo that it seems to have like a film on it.

Conversely, the bean and cheese on corn was very, very good — the corn tortilla was soft and thin.

The other two tacos were about average: The carne guisada had a decent depth of flavor and seasoning — the meat tender, the stew a bit watery. The egg a la Mexicana was good but lacked seasoning and — thankfully — did not contain funk.

I hope the funky machacado — band name alert! — was an anomaly. The service was excellent. They even brought me a coarse salsa that was done in a molcajete that was a great change of pace in terms of salsa.

Maybe, hopefully, the funk was a one-time thing.

La Rosa de San Antonio, 1103 Pleasanton Road, (210) 922-1177

Worth traveling across town for
Average S.A. taqueria. Some hits, some misses
Mostly misses

Benjamin Olivo

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