One of San Antonio’s oldest continuously operating restaurants, established in 1932 in a handsome residence with a red-tiled roof, La Fonda never went the way of many culinary institutions that rest on their laurels and grow tired. That’s thanks to restaurateur Cappy Lawton, whose Alamo Heights restaurant, Cappy’s (5011 Broadway St.; www.cappysrestaurant.com; tel. 210/828-9669), is also a longstanding local favorite for its excellent New American dishes. Lawton acquired La Fonda in the late 1990s and spiffed up both the menu and the premises; he’s kept everything fresh and up-to-date ever since, while maintaining the best San Antonio traditions. The adobe-walled main dining room is cheerful and bright—almost as inviting as the garden-fringed outdoor patio, one of the rare ones in town that’s shady and breezy enough to be comfortable in summer. The menu has retained some Tex-Mex staples such as the La Fonda special: two cheese enchiladas, a beef taco, a pork tamale with chile con queso and chile con carne, guacamole, Mexican rice, and refried beans. Most of the menu, however, is on the lighter side: fish tacos with blackened mahi mahi in a chipotle sauce sided by a salad of nopalitos (cactus pads), for example. Many celebrities dined here in the old days, including Franklin Roosevelt, John Wayne, and Yul Brenner, and tasty, generous specialties dished up daily still attract power lunch types and local families alike.
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2415 N. Main Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212
Our Rating Neighborhood Monte Vista/Olmos Park Hours Mon–Thurs 11am-9:30pm; Fri 11am–10:30pm; Sat 3-10:30pm; Sun 3-9:30pm Phone 210/733-0621 Prices Main courses $13–$18 lunch, $14–$20 dinner. Cuisine Type Mexican/Regional Mexican Web site La Fonda on Main
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