For more than 60 years, Teka Molino has been a San Antonio institution. Often identified as the founder of the puffy taco, Teka Molino is also well-loved for its nachos; its bean or picadillo or chicken rolls; its cups (guacamole or bean or queso); its fried cheese; and much more. Teka Molino makes all of its own masa for its corn tortilla and other products. Many San Antonians call the San Pedro location a favorite, and recently a second location opened on Rittiman Road near Ft. Sam.
Recently I’ve dined twice at the Rittiman Road location. Diners order at the counter, and then fill their drinks and choose from the red or green sauces to go with their chips and food.
One of the things I appreciate about the Teka Molino menu is that pretty much everything served there is available a la carte. Not everyone wants a plate with rice and beans; and while those are available, it’s easy to order a number of items.
The cheese enchiladas are two for 3.75.
Fresh corn tortillas are filled with cheese and covered in a traditional chili sauce. Served piping hot, these were perfect on a cool winter’s day. Add a couple of really good tamales for 85 cents each, and the result is a hearty meal.
Teka Molina offers a couple of plates that feature some of their more popular offerings. The Teka’s Favorite includes a bean roll, a guacamole cup, a fried cheese, and 2 large puffy tacos (i get one chicken and one picadillo) with a 16 oz drink for $8.59.
The bean roll is refried beans in a corn tortilla – simple but good. The guacamole in the fried corn tortilla cup was excellent, and the puffy tacos were good — the meats flavorful and the lettuce and tomato fresh and crisp. But if I have to pick a favorite, it would be the fried cheese — sort of like a corn tortilla empanada filled with melted cheese. The freshness of the corn tortillas is obvious throughout this plate.
For dessert, there’s the glass case filled with Mexican cookies and empanadas.
There is a good selection, and prices are good: 30 cents per small cookie, 50 cents for medium, and 75 cents for large.
The new Teka Molino location is at 1007 Rittiman Road. There are a few growing pains as the place settles in, but overall it’s a winner.
More information can be found at http://www.tekamolino.com.