Slideshow: 9 Bites We Love in San Antonio, Texas

Mixed Ceviche at Mariscos El Bucanero
Mixed Ceviche at Mariscos El Bucanero
This bright and super-refreshing mix of shrimp and tilapia was tart but not too tart, with a little tomato, cilantro, and onion to round out the mix. It's served with a basket of tostadas for piling high. Every seat was full when we stopped by this seafood spot on a weekday afternoon—we're not surprised.

Mariscos El Bucanero: 2818 South WW White Road, San Antonio, TX‬ (map) ‪210-333-0909‬

Chilaquiles at La Bandera Molino
Chilaquiles at La Bandera Molino
Chilaquiles ($3.99) makes a pretty ideal hangover-helper breakfast, layering softened tortilla chips with eggs, green peppers, and tomato, and a blanket of cheese to calm the sneaking spiciness. It all melds together: rich, savory, spicy, and comforting. (If that wasn't enough, there's also a dollop of creamy, cheesy potatoes on the side.) The smoky refried beans are not to be overlooked.

La Bandera Molino: ‪2619 North Zarzamora, San Antonio, TX 78201‬ (map) ‪210-434-0631‬‎

Lamb Rib at Gonzales Food Market
Lamb Rib at Gonzales Food Market
The San Antonio branch of this famous fourth-generation family owned barbecue joint is known for its sausage and beef ribs, but we particularly liked the lamb ribs. Meltingly tender and luscious, each rib was crowned with a crisp sweet-salty crust and layered with lightly gamy meat. It's rich stuff, served at a counter onto paper-covered trays.

Gonzales Food Market: 2530 South WW White Road, San Antonio, TX 78222-2804‬ (map) ‪210-337-1041‬

Flan at La Gloria
Flan at La Gloria
Yes, you should gorge on savory tidbits at La Gloria (we especially loved the molcajete bubbling with super-tender slow-cooked skirt steak), but save a little room for dessert. The caramel flan ($5) is intensely rich and silky-smooth, with a dense, almost-fudgy texture. The secret: condensed milk and a little cream cheese, cooked very, very slowly.

La Gloria: ‪100 East Grayson Street, San Antonio, TX TX 78215-1235‬ (map) ‪210-267-9040‬

Original Donut Shop
Original Donut Shop
This spot has one drive-thru for doughnuts, and another for tacos. We didn't find the tacos all that remarkable (the potato and egg was well cooked but could have used a bit more seasoning) but the just-made yeast doughnut was ethereal: fluffy and pillowy-tender inside, with a delicate crackling glaze on the exterior. Ask which type is freshest before you order.

Original Donut Shop: ‪3307 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78201-3846‬ (map) ‪210-734-5661‬

Beef Fajita Soft Tacos at Los Barrios
Beef Fajita Soft Tacos at Los Barrios
Los Barrios is known for their puffy tacos, but on a recent visit, they were too fall-apart sloppy; the soft tacos, on the other hand, were stellar. The flour tortillas were not only the best bite on the table, they were the best Carey had in San Antonio, stretchy and flaky and steaming-hot. Wrapped around slices of seared steak with a squeeze of lime, they were mighty tasty indeed. But anything in those tortillas would've been. After a full day of taco-eating in two cities, she polished off two extra flour tortillas plain. (And didn't regret it one bit.)

Los Barrios: 4223 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX 78212 (map); 210-732-6017; losbarrios1.com

Pork Ribs at The Smokehouse
Pork Ribs at The Smokehouse
Though we found the brisket a little dry on the day of our visit, these pork ribs were moist, tender, and intensely smoky, thanks to all-mesquite treatment. Tangy sauce is served on the side, but it tends to cover up the sweet hammy flavor of the pork.

The Smokehouse: ‪3306 Roland Avenue, San Antonio, TX‬ (map) ‪210-333-9548‬