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“From duck chalupas to mushroom crepes, this isn’t your usual River Walk Mexican place. It’s Nuevo Latino set above the fray and off the main flow, with a hip bar that locals love. The shaded dining area outside provides a nice view of the waterway, and the multi-level inside rooms are cool and colorful.”

“This is not your papacito’s taqueria. That quaint and picturesque place does not exist within these mod magenta and saffron walls. Acenar is hip and hyped up on hypnotic music. Come here for tacos reinvented for a modern sensibility, specifically for the oyster taco on a homemade corn tortilla. Fluffy, peppery, and salty, these perfectly fried oysters are rolled up with generous amounts of jalapeno-honey mayo, charred pineapple bits, and (don’t roll your eyes) microgreens. Just order a cerveza, get a table by the window so you can watch the palm trees on the River Walk whip in the wind, and think about how the times, they are a-changin’.”

“With groovy décor and a fabulous outdoor patio, this Riverwalk Downtowner provides a swinging atmosphere to go with its va-va-voom nuevo Tex-Mex fare and killer margaritas…”

10BEST.COM “Acenar’s sophisticated version of Mexican cuisine has been luring folks in for quite a few years now. Contemporary twists on the same-old, same-old are dished up in a bright, bold interior. Sip a tuna margarita (no fish involved) as you decide between a poblano pepper stuffed with turkey and pork or chipotle-buttered shrimp with roasted cream corn hash. Dessert offers the same originality, and cinnamon-infused Mexican chocolate mousse with bananas is a sure bet. Take time between bites to appreciate the unusual architecture and lovely patio.”

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