These are the best bites I ate in San Antonio

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Throngs of Seattleites descended on San Antonio in December to cheer on the Washington Huskies as they took on the Texas Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl. As a Seattle-based food writer who just happened to have a long-planned trip to San Antonio a few weeks prior to the game, I took up the mantle of forward scout for best restaurants in San Antonio.

— Naomi Tomky

San Antonio's Lala's Gorditas stands against supposed death of Tex-Mex

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With buzz that Tex-Mex food is fading away, one San Antonio restaurant went on national TV to make it clear that its commitment to the cuisine and its legacy isn’t in trouble at all. A segment from CNBC’s The News with Shepard Smith called Tex-Mex a necessity that is losing its relevance. Smith informed viewers of the cuisine’s background, saying that Mexican migrants used ingredients accessible to them in Texas and, in turn, invented a new style of cooking. But while Tex-Mex restaurant owners around the country are 'struggling,' Lala’s Gorditas owner Steven Pizzini says the business hasn’t changed on his end.

— Sarah Martinez

San Antonio's Lala's Gorditas stands against supposed death of Tex-Mex

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One restaurant owner is keeping strong in his dedication to the genre.

— Sarah Martinez

South San Antonio staple Lala’s Gorditas will pop-up on Houston Street for The Lion King run

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Fans of The Lion King may roar with delight to learn that Southside haven Lala’s Gorditas will pop up on Houston Street to provide Tex-Mex eats for the rest of the Broadway show's San Antonio run. The hit musical, which booked three weeks at downtown's Majestic Theatre, is in town through Sunday, Nov. 7. Lala's — known for its housemade, stone-ground nixtamalized masa and scratch-made gordita fillings — will set up a satellite shop at 204 E. Houston St., in the space that formerly housed Pesto Ristorante and Bella on Houston.

— Nina Rangel

Tex-Mex restaurants struggling to hang on

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— The News with Shepard Smith

Pride of San Antonio: Lala's Gorditas popping up downtown during 'The Lion King' run

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Southside Tex-Mex joint Lala's Gorditas will be popping up to serve theatergoers for the duration of The Lion King's run, beginning Tuesday, November 2, through Sunday, November 7. The pop-up menu will include beef, chicken, bean and cheese, and chicharron gorditas made with house made, stone-ground and nixtamalized masa. Bottled soft drinks and indoor seating are also available.

— Camille Sauers

Elder Eats: LaLa's Gorditas

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— KSAT 12's SA Live

Puffy tacos, gorditas and avocado cups at Lala's Taco Hut (Texas Eats)

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— Texas Eats

Tex-Mex is here to stay as part of San Antonio's food culture

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In other Texas cities, Pizzini says Tex-Mex food is completely different than what's served in San Antonio, though he says visitors from El Paso say Lala's Gorditas tastes like home.

— Sarah Martinez