New Mexican restaurant in San Antonio earns online praise from celebrity chef Andrew Weissman | Flavor | San Antonio


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Panfila Cantina is now open at 22250 Bulverde Road.

Panfila Cantina, a Mexican restaurant in northeast San Antonio, opened on Monday and has already earned the endorsement of one of the city’s most beloved chefs: Andrew Weissman.

Panfila Cantina chef Gaby Hinojosa worked as an executive sous chef at Signature at La Cantera, which Weissman ran until earlier this year. Consequently, the top culinary professional was invited to the soft opening of Hinojosa’s new spot, where he enjoyed his visit – and said so loudly on social media.

Known for the Mr. Juicy burger and as well as shuttered high-end restaurants Sandbar, Osteria Il Sogno and Le Rêve, Weissman on Monday urged his followers via posts on multiple platforms to experience the “authentic” Panfila. [and] delicious Mexican food.”

The restaurant offers dishes inspired by Mexican street food for brunch and dinner every day, co-owner Charlie Gonzalez told the Fluent. It serves these elevated specialties alongside cocktails such as the Cazuela de Tamarindo, with tequila reposado, tamarind soda, fresh citrus and chamoy.

“We visit Mexico about once a year and our friends always want to take us to fancy restaurants. It’s just not where we want to go, we want to try all the new street foods,” Gonzalez said. “We’re kind of taking things back to our roots.”

Panfila Cantina is located at 22250 Bulverde Road, Suite 114.

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