Three Words: Caldo de Res

In Mexican/Tex-Mex, San Antonio on October 1, 2011 at 3:14 am

Olivia’s Mexican Restaurant, located just south-east of downtown at 801 Vanderbilt Street, is small, very small. I’m sure the average visitor, maybe even the average local, will pass by Olivia’s without even noticing it. Even if it’s noticed, I’d guess it would be brushed off as something insignificant. As my regular readers already know, these are the places I often come to consider special.

My first taste from Olivia’s came from a friend bringing to church some of their fine breakfast tacos. On Sunday mornings when we bring tacos, Olivia’s has become our go-to restaurant. It’s in our immediate community, it’s family-run, and it’s really good.

In addition to breakfast tacos, Olivia’s makes some tasty lunch dishes.

Very seldom do I order gorditas. However, as a little appetizer, I decided to try out a chicken gordita. Gorditas are by definition a deep-fried pocket of cornmeal dough usually filled with picadillo (beef), chicken, or bean and cheese. As you can see in the picture above, the chicken gordita came with a little lettuce, tomato, and cheese. There was just enough toppings to complement the moist, shredded chicken inside. It was the perfect start before an extremely delightful food experience. Three words: caldo de res. Oh my goodness, it was so good.

Recommended by one of the cooks, this dish was so enjoyable I could barely wait to share it with all my readers. Caldo de res, which is a Mexican beef soup, is filled with all kinds of vegetables like corn, cabbage, carrots, celery, and zucchini. Along with all the various vegetables is the thinly sliced shanks and beef still attached to the bone. The meat and vegetables together bath in a delicious and flavorful broth.

This medium portion costs only $4.99!

I’m so glad I was introduced to caldo de res. I’m just sad it took so long for me to discover it. I can’t wait for the weather to one day turn cold, because I’m going to enjoy eating and sharing this dish with friends and family who come to visit during the holidays.

If you decide to give Olivia’s a shot, just know it’s closed on Mondays and usually opens at 6:00am and closes at 2:30pm.


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