San Maximum: Chepo’s Mexican Restaurant

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By Austin Cowan
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In a town far from home, Chepo’s Mexican Restaurant is where I go whenever I long for a taste of home. Chepo’s attracts many college students because it is located across the street from Texas State campus and down the road from a few college apartment complexes. The food is true to the culture and served quickly to customers. Chepo’s is not only a great place to get food, but also a great place to get in touch with the millennial population in San Marcos. The culture displayed through the food and the people at Chepo’s gives the place its homey environment. In order to get the maximum San Marcos experience, make your way on over to Chepo’s.


1400 Old Ranch Rd 12, San Marcos, TX 78666

My Experience

As a college student at school, I occasionally fall under the spell of homesickness. I enjoy going to Chepo’s because it feels like I am home in San Antonio. However, Chepo’s has an extremely homey atmosphere and makes tacos just like my Mom did back home. So if anybody out there is like me then go visit this restaurant. One more aspect about the Chepo’s experience is the intimate conversation that customers have over food.

One more aspect about Chepo’s experience is the quality time you can spend over a quality meal. Photo by Marlene Nunez.

Conversation is made easy because of the lack of background noise in the building. The restaurant is small so only a limited number of customers are able to sit down together at one time. Chepo’s also has booths that enhance the cozy feel and allow individual parties to have the illusion of privacy from other guests. One last factor adding to the homey environment is how the staff welcomes customers into their family. The restaurant’s building used to be a family home. So a family atmosphere is quite appropriate. The waitresses here make it a personal goal to never let a customer finish their drink before asking them if they need a refill. I know this is true because I have tried to challenge them before by finishing my drink as fast as possible. I have never won.

The Food

The food at Chepo’s is definitely its main attraction. The fajita plate is by far the fan-favorite dish here. The meat is always cooked enough to make it delicious without losing the flavor of the meat. College students especially like the fajita plate because it is not the most expensive thing on the menu. It is not the cheapest either, but believe a foodie when he says the plate is worth the expense. Personally, I prefer the chicken fajita meat because it tends to have more flavor. Another fan-favorite is the Texas State Burrito. The meal is not only a lot of food for the price but makes people’s mouth water from just looking at it. The cheese is good and drips down a person’s chin. Do not be afraid to get messy when eating a burrito. It is part of the experience. Some of the workers say that their burrito is large enough to almost be considered a chimichanga.

The tacos are a huge hit from Chepo’s menu. Photo by Marlene Nunez.

The College Culture

The millennial population of San Marcos absolutely loves Chepo’s. This restaurant is conveniently located down the road from a few college apartment complexes and across the street from Texas State University. The school’s Student Rec Center is only a half a mile away from Chepo’s. Many college students come to this restaurant to treat themselves with a greasy taco after a hard workout. Many of my friends and I like to take part in this unofficial tradition. Many of these students have a lot in common so it’s normal for strangers to strike up conversations with each other. The college culture here is one which is healthy and thriving. Which helps make Chepo’s one of the most comfortable ambiances out of all the restaurants in San Marcos for young people.  

Chepo’s Mexican Restaurant is a place for San Martians to get great food and meaningful conversation. The only way for you to know for sure is to try it out for yourself. So make an effort to achieve the maximum San Marcos experience by making your way on down to Chepo’s Mexican Restaurant.

Featured image by Marlene Núñez.

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