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517 E. Woodlawn Ave. (N. St. Mary St.) Send to Phone
Try any of the Tex-Mex specials---and be prepared to wait for even lowly tacos on a weekday morning.

Breakfast & Lunch daily, Dinner Wed.-Sat.

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: James' is the kind of place that gives Tex-Mex a good name---not that it's necessarily tarnished in San Antonio circles. During peak times, tortilleras pat out both flour and corn tortillas in full view of the dining public, breakfast tacos are almost unbelievably bountiful, and the staple, smoky salsa is among the city's better examples. So popular is the weekend breakfast, in fact, that waits for a table in the quirky, converted cottage are to be expected. The guacamole may be a disappointment (it's fresh and chunky but we don't tend to like the utterly unadorned approach), but green gets its due in the salsa verde that tops the chicken-stuffed enchiladas verdes; we'd frankly like to see more of it. Kissin' cousin chicken flautas, the diminutive, fried version, are crisp, crunchy and addictive. And the normally forgettable flour tortilla quesadillas are somehow elevated to status of actual cuisine by virtue of the fresh tortillas. Even a dish such as lengua, or tongue, takes on gourmet proportions at James'---blindfolded, you'd never guess.


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