San Antonio calls itself the birthplace of the puffy taco. As claimant to “Home of the original PUFFY TACOS in San Antonio ” (see www.henryspuffytacos.com) I would expect Henry's Puffy Tacos to honor it's namesake and offer soul-changing puffy taste. Indeed, a sign outside Henry's encourages you to “catch the puffy addiction” as illustrated in metaphor by a hungry man chasing a puffy taco. Sadly Henry's disappointed with sub-par tacos, chips, drinks and service!
I ordered a bean/cheese taco and a shredded chicken taco. My wife ordered shredded chicken and beef fajita tacos (the last marked with a chili pepper on the description to denote its spicy nature). The bean/cheese tasted as expected. The shredded chicken lacked a distinct flavor and my wife failed to find the promised spice in the beef fajita. The tacos were otherwise puffed to standard.
More disappointing were the tortilla chips—the opening salvo and first impression at almost any Mexican restaurant. They were simply chewy from insufficient cooking. Moreover, the server poured salsa refills from a larger version of the carafe IHOP uses to dispense syrup. It was efficient, but off-putting.
While I found the service friendly, the server's timing injured the meal's pleasure. Entrees arrived in less than 5 minutes after the appetizer, forcing a difficult choice between completing the queso dip and starting on the tacos. Had I only known how bland the tacos would be, the dilemma would have resolved itself.
My wife also ordered a margarita. She strongly suspected the application of lime-flavored salt as a lazy alternative to lime juice and salt.
Don't go to Henry's. San Antonio offers a couple hundred other Mexican restaurants, many with better flavors and service.
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