Cafe Don Juan

I don’t know why, but I’ve been on a beef enchilada kick lately. All I care about is finding new Mexican restaurants and trying their enchiladas. Pizza, no! Hamburger, no! Steak, no! You get the picture.

Cafe Don Juan is west of downtown and it looks like it’s been there a while. It’s not fancy and the menu is kind of small. I imagine this place has regulars who don’t even have to order; their usual just miraculously shows up in front of them minutes after sitting down. It’s one of these places that closes after lunch. Luckily for me, I had a rare afternoon off.

The beef enchiladas were as good as I’ve had anywhere; dare I say the best. The beef was well seasoned and the enchiladas were topped with gooey cheese and a thicker than usual (not complaining) enchilada sauce. What a wonderful combination. I probably don’t need to go anywhere else for enchiladas, but what fun would that be? I mixed the beans with a combination of the chip salsa, green salsa and spicy salsa. So good! The spicy salsa is kept in a metal container on the table. Kind of like you would see in a Chinese restaurant with chili oil. First time seeing that.

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The wife wasn’t hungry so she had two tacos which I tried. The carne guisada taco was full of beef stew in a thick sauce. No condiments needed, it was good on it’s own. In the future I would like to just order the carne guisada, take it home, and eat it on top of some hot, steaming white rice. Just a thought. The other taco was chicharrones and eggs. This went well with the green salsa. I kind of wish it was without the eggs. We should have ordered the chicharrones as a stew. Next time.


I look forward to going back to Cafe Don Juan in the future. There were other interesting things on the menu. I think breakfast will be our next meal there. Maybe I too can become a regular. We all have our own goals.

Cafe Don Juan
1422 W. Commerce Street
San Antonio, TX 78207