One of San Antonio’s top Mexican food trucks, Milpa, is opening a brick-and-mortar BYOB restaurant in The Yard near Olmos Park

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Milpa, the physical embodiment of chef Jesse Kuykendall’s exceptional taco truck of the same name, has opened in the former home of Ming’s Noodle Bar in The Yard, near Olmos Park.

Operating out of a converted railroad car, Milpa’s menu for now is a streamlined collection of six tacos, a quesadilla frita, Mexican street corn, charro beans and baked goods from Quetzal Bake. Shop. That menu will expand in the coming weeks to include burritos, tamales, tortas and pozole, Kuykendall said.

Milpa’s Caravan in the Government Hill neighborhood near Folklores Cafe was rated “worth a visit” in a report in our 52 Weeks of Food Trucks series last month for its outstanding street tacos, including mollejas, carne asada and chorizo, as well as Arabic tacos made with pork shawarma. They’re all on the menu at the new restaurant, which will also allow customers to bring their own alcohol.

Kuykendall, who is also the executive chef of Ocho at Hotel Havana, had planned to keep the trailer in use after Milpa opened at The Yard, but staffing issues forced her to park it for the instant, she said. Plans are still on track for his other side project, a Government Hill convenience store and grocery store called Bodega Cats, which is expected to open in about two months.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Starting Wednesday, regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Milpa, 5253 McCullough Ave, Facebook: @milpaattheyard

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