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Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

The menudo and tamales were perfect. Waitress was super friendly and helpful. Food served hot and fast. Loved it.

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Gilbert's has long been one of my favorite San Antonio restaurants, and it is an absolute must whenever we are in Texas. During our last visit, we ate a Gilbert's two days in a row. Not only was our food delicious, but it was served...quickly with great service. The carne guisada and enchiladas are to die for! Gilbert was there for both our visits and took the time to talk to us about our family and gave us some treats on our way out. If you want to eat like a local and feel like family, come see Gilbert and bring your appetite!More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed May 30, 2017

Through the front door of this small neighborhood restaurant and I thought I had fallen into someone's back porch add-on. The room looked like it had been there for a few decades with out much updating. There was just enough room for the kitchen and...counter on one side and a row of booths on the other with tables turned lengthwise in the middle so as to be able to narrowly navigate the passages between. The kitchen side wall was papered with conjunto and tejano bands and singers posters and as close to an Hispanic music ofrenda as I have seen. In the middle of all those faces and Hispanic music homage was a slit of a kitchen window which continually belched plates of steaming Mexican food. From there, a busy choreography of no more than two waiters conducted a pas de deux of plates between the window through the narrow passages and gracefully to their final destination, the diner. It reminded me of bees making endless trips between nectar sources and that central entry point of a hive. Javi's Special had my name on it touted as their most popular plate with two carne guisada filled enchiladas, rice and beans. With that kind of introduction, just what is a first time visitor supposed to order?! I have always liked beef enchiladas with shredded beef rather than ground like picadillo, but locating a kitchen that does this (other than my own) is problematic. Carne guisada? Close enough. Mild cheese and gravy covered the red corn tubes identifying the familiar Tex-Mex genus, but not divulging the species of the contents within. One bite and this became immediately clear with dice sized hunks of tender beef and an earthy taste of comino ringing through clear as a bell. This was a very decent plate of enchis. Rice and beans were sincere in rendition, but nothing that would make them more than secondary to the enchilada main attraction. The flour tortillas were flexible but sturdy when pulled from their heated repose in a typical red plastic tortilla warmer. Once they began to cool, these flour folders mummified a bit and required a jerky type chaw to rend a piece from the whole. Check out was slow with Gilbert chewing the fat with old time customers and me biding my time listening to the cooks in the adjacent kitchen quarters twittering some random bird call on a one track loop. I must have had a look of nostalgia on my face as I handed Gilbert my check and a $20 bill. He smiled, made a little small talk and then handed me a piece of hubba-bubba bubble gum along with my change. I had not had a piece of that jaw workout in a blue and yellow wrapper since my last barbered crew cut in my pre-teens. Divey digs, friendly folks, comfort cuisine, and bubble gum. Nowhere but San Antonio.More

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed May 8, 2017

This hole in the wall will impress your if you love Mexican food. This business is owned by a former famous Tejano artist, Gilbert Rodriguez. He has converted his talent to making the best and most affordable breakfast/lunches in the area. My favorites were the...migas and chilaquiles. Both plates come with huge portions, refried beans, ranch potatoes at a very affordable price. The tortillas seemed to be home made. This place is worth the trip.!More

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile

the food was delicious next time I'm having the enchiladas. first time my husband cleaned his plate. forgot to do food pics cause we were so hungry

Date of visit: February 2017
Reviewed December 18, 2016

Going to Gilbert's is like going home , you're family. It's not fancy or splashy it's not something that matters once you realize the value comes from the heart of the owner's , the cooks. Gilbert remembers your babies, your grandbabies. If your a chip...and hot sauce fanatic like my girls and I are you won't want to leave! I love that he uses giant old school glasses so you don't need refills after 2 sips. Thank you Gilbert !!More

Date of visit: December 2016
Reviewed November 28, 2016

The visit is worth meeting the Owner!! The food was great. We were in town for our grandson's graduation from Naval Master of Arms school at Lackland AFB. We went the night before, but they close early. The next day after graduation, our grandson said...I have a place we have to eat at before we leave. He had eaten there several times. We had their most popular dish, which I don't remember the name. The Owner, who was at the cash register, was a former musician and likes to tell stories. He got his granddaughter, who was our server, to take all of our pictures together. It was a small place, but obviously a locals spot. It was great, try it out.More

Date of visit: November 2016
Reviewed April 27, 2015

I like the fact its family owned and the staff is so friendly also the food is awesome , you could spend hours looking at all the music photos all over the walls

Date of visit: March 2015
Reviewed February 4, 2014

Great memories when I was in high school with old friends. Took my family there after I graduated from college, and they loved it. Will never forget it.

Date of visit: March 2013
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