Bite And Brew

July 10, 2018

El Santuario Tacos & Cocktails

El Santuario Snacks

My family and I had dinner at El Santuario last night. It is a different taco experience. The place is housed in what many moons ago used to be the Brownsville KOA. It has a high pitched roof sort of like the one the Whataburgers of yesteryear had. Even with the white and orange bars. A bit faded but still visible. Inside, it is a bit contemporary and clean with some Catrina inspired decor.  The restaurant is on the southbound frontage road in Olmito, Texas.

They have a full bar and I hear it is slowly becoming popular for Happy Hour and private events. The menu consists of appetizers and tacos and not much more. The taco selections are different than the regular tacos found at taquerias across the Valley. They offer quail tacos, pork al pastor, brisket, bistek, alligator, duck, ribeye and more. For an appetizer, we ordered the corn as seen in the photo on this post. It is served on a mesquite tray on a bed of chipotle sauce sprinkled with “queso fresco” and cilantro. The corn tortillas are pretty cool. You have a choice of black bean corn, chile de color corn, spinach corn, and blue corn. The presentation is great!

Do not expect any charro beans or rice or a salad or chips or salsa. I think of the place as a stop for a drink with some appetizers, but not for a full meal. I was still hungry and I did not feel like ordering another taco! I needed a side of something. But it was an overall good experience.

From left; Sirloin taco, pork al pastor dripping is good sauce and bistek taco.

From left; Sirloin taco, pork al pastor dripping is good sauce and bistek taco. Notice in the back that we finished the roasted corn appetizer! 

This is not a paid editorial just my personal experience.

For more visit their Facebook page.

Facebook Comments


About the Author

Nydia O
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" my life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and my spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts, nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most importantly, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .


Chef Roberto with daughter Alejandra Gonzalez

Culinary Culture in Weslaco, Texas

The lower Rio Grande Valley spans roughly 75 miles between Brownsville and Mission, Texas. For visitors and locals who prefer “mom and pop” restaurants, the variety of options can be overwhelming.  For starters, and becaus...
by Nydia O

Half Moon Saloon

Brownsville’s Half Moon Saloon

The Half Moon Saloon opened its doors two years ago in an area of downtown Brownsville few would consider suitable for investment. But owner George Ramirez has a vision and it has a lot to do with the cultural revitalization of...
by Nydia O

Rio Grande Grill

Highly Ranked RGV BBQ Joint by Texas Monthly

During a writing retreat in Alpine  Texas Monthly Executive Editor Mike Hall said the magazine “owned” Texas subjects/topics such as Willie Nelson and Texas BBQ among others like  infamous Lance Armstrong. Just fi...
by Nydia O


Sabores del Golfo

New Seafood Restaurant in Harlingen

This is not a paid advertisement, and I did not get a free meal because of this post. Every now and then I like to post about local restaurants – especially locally owned ones – because it is my way to thank them fo...
by Nydia O


Burger Fi: The Burgerfication of the Nation

Much hype has been created by patrons to the new Burger Fi restaurant in South Padre Island, and Corporate Kitchen Manager Chris Peden could not be happier.  During a recent interview, Peden gave us a peek into the concept beh...
by Nydia O




Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>