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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Culture-Hopping in San Antonio


5. Oddball Day

Charreadas were originally held to prepare horses and riders for war.  

Explore the many facets of San Antonio’s Mexican heritage, which dates back to 1821, but continues today thanks to the city’s proximity to the border. Rent a car for the day to facilitate exploring outside the city center, then make a pit stop for a Tex-Mex breakfast of chorizo and egg tacos ($1.49 each) at Tito’s Restaurant. Next, head to Mission San José to experience a traditional Catholic mass that incorporates the music of a Mexican mariachi choir (Sundays at 12:30 p.m.). Afterward, make your way to Charro Ranch for a Charreada ($10; usually once monthly at 3 p.m.), a Mexican rodeo featuring rope tricks, music, dance, and impressive synchronized horseback choreography by sidesaddle-riding women in traditional dress. Next, head back downtown to peruse the shops of Market Square, the largest Mexican marketplace outside of Mexico, for authentic souvenirs ranging from artisanal pottery and dolls to bedazzled sombreros. Steps away, feast on heaping plates of chicken enchiladas in móle sauce ($11) at the 24-hour Mi Tierra Café and Panaderia, a family-owned local institution since 1941. As you listen to the serenading trovadores, finish your meal with a cinnamon-laced Mexican hot chocolate ($2.50) and the signature pan dulce (sweetbread) (from 40¢ to $1.25). Stick around at the bar to tackle a jumbo margarita or two ($8), then cab it over to Alamo Street Eat Bar, a gourmet food truck park that serves beer and duck-confit tacos, among other eats, until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Published on Jun 28, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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