By Rikki Yanez
Assistant Blog Content Contributor
Ever since I’ve moved to San Marcos, from the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), finding authentic mexican food has been difficult for me. I’ve tried many chain tex-mex and family owned restaurants in the area that claim to be authentic, however I have not found one that reminds me of food from my hometown. So, when I discovered Santi’s Tacos for the first time I was surprised that it brought that feeling to me. Santi’s Tacos is not a restaurant, but a food truck that’s located at 123 S Guadalupe St, San Marcos, Texas 78666. The food and the environment is something people of San Marcos should experience at least once. Plus, who would want to turn down cheap tacos?
For those that have tried Santi’s Tacos know that they have a variety of tacos and tortas. To name a few, you can choose from different meats such as bistek, chicken, and beef fajita for your taco or torta. They also have other street food that you can typically find in the RGV such as elote, mangonada, fresas con crema and more. One of my favorite items to get are the bistek tacos with queso and their green spicy salsa. Another good thing aside from the food, are the deals. Santi’s tacos has Taco Tuesday where you can get six tacos for six dollars. They also have Torta Thursday, where they only cost two dollars. This is the perfect place for people that enjoy picking up their affordable, authentic mexican food to eat it in the comfort of their home.
The atmosphere that the location gives off is very relaxing since it’s located in an empty parking lot with a couple of outdoor picnic tables. At night this food truck seems like the perfect place to get food from with some friends before or after a night on the Square, since it’s only a block away. The afternoons that I’ve gone to Santi’s there was a good amount of families from the community either waiting for their food or eating at the picnic tables. I have not seen many college students the times I’ve been, however with the deals they have I can see it being a popular place for most students.
Aside from all that, Santi’s Tacos wait time can seem like forever when you’re hungry. However, their wait time on average takes roughly a solid five to 10 minutes. I’ll have to say that it’s well worth the wait though. At most I’ve waited was about 15 minutes for my food, but I’m also a really patient person so that didn’t bother me much. Their hours are from 3:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. from Tuesday through Thursday and 3:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. from Friday through Saturday. The hours are reasonable, however it is rough when you’re craving their tacos around lunch time. Anyways, this place is quite nostalgic for those valley folks like me, however go ahead and try it! Create your own experience!
Featured image by Rikki Yanez.