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El Real Tex-Mex Cafe Restaurant Review: El Real Tex-Mex Cafe is housed in the 1936 Tower Theater and has a neon marquee visible from miles away when it’s lit at night. The brainchild of chef Bryan Caswell and partner Bill Floyd --- of Reef and Little Bigs --- and cookbook author Robb Walsh, El Real is a loving tribute to the original border food Texans enjoyed in the '50s and '60s. A giant screen shows old western films, the dining room is big and airy, and there’s a popular patio. Start with margaritas served in frosted beer mugs and a big bowl of cheesy chili con queso topped with spicy picadillo meat. The most popular entrée is the Enchiladas #7, three cheese enchiladas in a blend of chili con carne and chile gravy topped with even more yellow cheese and served with refried beans and rice. And don’t miss the old-school, rarely-seen San Antonio-style puffy tacos stuffed with smoky chicken. We also like the bacon enchiladas served at brunch, paired with a michelada, a Mexican Bloody Mary made with beer.