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722 S. St. Mary's St. (Durango St.) Send to Phone
210-225-9444 | Menu
El Mirador seems to have weathered the transition to new owners without missing a beat or losing a customer.

Breakfast daily, Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat., Brunch Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED El Mirador Restaurant Review

: Celebrated for its Saturday soups, neighborhood-centric breakfasts, and lunches that serve as see-and-be-seen opportunities for local pols, El Mirador is in new hands with the passing of founding matriarch Doña Mari. The sale came complete with personnel and recipes, and signs are that the boat has been rocked little if at all. There’s still an overstuffed huitlacoche empanada with chicken, two cheeses and an adobo in addition to the inky fungus; those who like the equally effusive Chapultepec salad will be happy to know it’s still there; and the lomo de puerco with its coriander-cumin crust and tamarind ancho sauce remains resolute. The Tex-Mex side of the menu offers classic beef enchiladas, while signature specials include shrimp in a cilantro and pumpkin seed cream sauce. At breakfast, we tend to go for the scrambled huevos a la mexicana or chilaquiles (corn chips scrambled with eggs, pico de gallo and said salsa). The restaurant’s lounge offers more-than-credible margaritas.


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