All I wanted to do was find somewhere to sit along the Riverwalk in San Antonio and grab a big bowl of guacamole. However, we are big on reading reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor and nowhere along the walk seemed to have good reviews. The one that we found with decent reviews was actually on the street level, but still on the Riverwalk. It was a beautiful day and we found a table outside on the patio overlooking the river.
The very first reason to be there was for the Guacamole, and for the $9 price tag, it was overpriced and under-flavored. Very disappointing. I made an assumption that guacamole was like second nature to a Texan, but not here. It was a very small portion, a scoop of guac surrounded by a few tortilla chips. Meh.
For my meal I ordered the Taco Salad and it was outstanding. Served in a giant taco bowl, it was stuffed with lettuce, tomato, mango salsa and shredded cheese. There was chicken on it as well as a Mexican Deviled Egg with a piece of jalapeno bacon. Even removing the bacon the egg was spicy and delicious. And the salad was incredibly filling.
Mr. Beet tried the Big Pescado Tacos– tilapia tacos with an avocado- tomato salsa. They were quite colorful and tasty but the portion again was very small, definitely not enough for a meal. Thankfully we had a bottomless basket of tortilla chips so he didn’t leave hungry.
In general, our meal was not horrible but it wasn’t very memorable. Barriba Cantina is a spot for mostly the tourists. Being from Orlando, we are quite familiar with the very low quality of food tourist restaurants serve and we should have known better. Next time we are in San Antonio we will venture outside of the touristy areas and find some excellent guacamole, based on recommendations by the locals and not the tourists. 3 out of 5 sprouts.