In Search of Authentic Mexican: A Great Schwabing Double

In Search of Authentic Mexican: A Great Schwabing Double

By  Friday, 9.1.2015, 09:46    Restaurants

 With more than 2800 restaurants on TripAdvisor alone, choosing a please to eat in a new city can be a challenge. Fortunately I have one or two friends in the city, and I enlisted the support of a Texan living here for more than 40 years as my culinary guide for the evening. As Mexican is close to his heart, I agreed to his suggestion to try 'the only two truly authentic Mexicans in Munich.' As they were located across the road from each other in Schwabing, I liked Tom's suggestion of dinner in one place, dessert in the other. 

First up was Tacos & Tequila, which had a lively pub-like atmosphere, and whose very welcoming Mexican waitress (new to Munich herself, having arrived with her German husband) was initial proof of the restaurant's authenticity. It was Happy Hour, and the Mai Tais were good. The restaurant was busy, but the owner still found time to come over and have a chat. 

As for the food, the menu was limited, but the fajita portion was large, and there was almost no room for dessert, for to dessert we must.

Across the road to El Patio.  

Here the menu was wider, and the ambient a little quieter, more of a cafe feel than Tacos. Mexican TV was playing in the background, and we fell into conversation with the sister of the owner, who was on holiday from Mexico. The decor was simple, but effective, and I liked the various slogans in Spanish which adorned the walls.  

I left my camera at home, so have no pics of our excellent pancakes and flan, washed down with one of the best margaritas I have had in a while.

A wonderful introduction to two very warm establishments, and ones I have the feeling that will remember me on subsequent visits. I may have moved from a town of 1.500 people to a city of 1.5 million, but it seems there are small local communities to be found to make a newcomer's arrival in a big city a little less daunting.  

Nearest U-Bahn - Hohenzollernplatz

Tacos y Tequila
Herzogstraße 93
80796 München
089 30657700

El Patio
Herzogstraße 88
80796 München
089 32388586

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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