Easily recognizable by its “pink” color scheme and semi-enclosed patio dining zones, Taco Cabana is an American fast casual restaurant chain specialized in serving food items inspired by Mexican cuisine. The restaurant has approximately 140 locations only in three US states including Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Currently, the chain is owned by Yadav Enterprises, Inc. and has its headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.
Even though Taco Cabana focuses mainly on the dine-in experience, there is a drive-thru at almost every location and most are open 24 hours a day. You can order breakfast, lunch, and dinner in their locations, and compared to other fast-food restaurants, you can also order margaritas and alcoholic beverages.
In order to get an idea about how much you should budget for enjoying the food and drinks offered by Taco Cabana, you can take a look at the table below where you will find their latest menu prices.
Dozen Breakfast Taco Box
|Barbacoa & Eggs Plate||$6.66|
|Brisket or Steak & Eggs Plate||$6.89|
|Barbacoa or Carne Guisada Taco||$2.75|
|Barbacoa or Carne Guisada Taco – Combo||$6.54|
|Breakfast Burrito – Combo||$3.9|
|Breakfast Tacos – Combo||$3.9|
|Brisket & Egg Taco||$2.98|
|Brisket & Egg Taco – Combo||$7.46|
|Brisket or Steak Egg Burrito||$6.08|
|Brisket or Steak Egg Burrito – Combo||$7.46|
|Steak & Egg Taco||$2.98|
|Steak & Egg Taco – Combo||$7.46|
Bowls & Burritos
Choice of Crispy Shell or 12″ Tortilla
|Beef or Chicken||$5.05|
Includes Rice, Beans, Tortillas, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream & Guacamole
|Chicken Fajita||1/2 lb.||$13.21|
|Chicken Fajita||1 lb.||$22.99|
|Mixed Fajita||1/2 lb.||$14.94|
|Mixed Fajita||1 lb.||$26.44|
|Steak Fajita||1/2 lb.||$14.94|
|Steak Fajita||1 lb.||$26.44|
|Bean & Cheese||Personal||$3.55|
|Bean & Cheese||Large||$5.62|
|Chips & Queso or Guacamole||Personal||$2.52|
|Chips & Queso or Guacamole||Large||$4.59|
Plate Includes 2 Tacos, Rice, Beans, Guacamole & 2 Flour Tortillas
|2 Enchiladas Plate||$6.66|
|3 Enchiladas Plate (Beef or Cheese)||$7.92|
|Beef or Chicken Plate||$6.2|
|Beef or Chicken Taco||Single||$1.94|
|Cabana Sampler Plate (Cheese Enchilada, Beef Taco & Chicken Flauta)||$8.04|
|Carne Guisada Plate||$7.81|
|Carne Guisada Taco||Single||$2.75|
|Chicken Fajita Plate||$7.35|
|Chicken Fajita Taco||Single||$2.4|
|Chicken Flautas||3 Pack||$3.44|
|Chicken Flautas||6 Pack||$6.31|
|Chicken Flautas Plate||$5.74|
|Steak Fajita Plate||$7.81|
|Steak Fajita Taco||Single||$2.63|
|Street Taco Plate||$7.92|
|Street Tacos||3 Pack||$5.16|
|Mexican Rice or Beans||Small||$1.37|
|Mexican Rice or Beans||Medium||$2.06|
|Mexican Rice or Beans||Large||$2.86|
Cabana Kid’s Meals
|Kid’s Cheese Quesadilla||$4.13|
|Milk or Chocolate Milk||$1.48|
|Simply Orange Juice||$2.29|
The first Taco Cabana restaurant was opened in September 1978 and was located in Midtown San Antonio, at the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand Avenue. But the story of this business starts a while back. Stehling’s parents owned the popular bar the Crystal Pistol and because they needed more parking spaces, he bought a vacant Dairy Queen property across the street. However, Felix Stehling took the decision to open a taco stand where he could serve fresh food instead of pre-prepared and pre-packaged foods.
The restaurant’s interior design and décor were created by Billie Jo Stehling, Felix Stehling’s wife. But just after the first night following the grand opening all of the patio café furniture was stolen. So, Stehling decided to keep the restaurant open twenty-four hours a day and allow take-out orders.
In 1987, after his efforts to keep the business operated and owned by the family failed, Felix Stehling hired Richard Cervera as the company’s vice president. The same year the restaurant filed a lawsuit against Two Pesos, claiming that this new eatery tried to imitate Taco Cabana by stealing their secrets and copying their ideas. The case was won by Taco Cabana, but Two Pesos continued to appeal the case until 1992 when the Supreme Court upheld the initial decision.
Actually, in 1993 Taco Cabana ended up purchasing all thirty-Two Pesos restaurants in San Antonio. Most of these were transformed into Taco Cabana restaurants. By 2005 120 locations were opened.
In 2021 Taco Cabana was purchased by Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. and currently, there 142 restaurants are opened in just three states (Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico).
The Taco Cabana restaurant chain sets itself apart from its competitors through the unique ambiance it creates by providing various sitting options for dine-in, such as patio seating, traditional seating, and partially enclosed seating. The eye-catching atmosphere is also created by the eatery’s signature pink-painted walls.
Also, your dining experience at Taco Cabana will be memorable as you will be able to watch how the cooks prepare freshly made foods like open-flame fajitas and hand-made tortillas. Moreover, this open-display ambiance gives you the confidence that the food you are going to eat is fresh and delicious.
Some of the customers’ favorites include the Cabana Bowls, especially the Chicken Bacon Ranch Cabana Bowl, the flautas, and the freshly made tortillas.
Every day between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Taco Cabana offers a great Happy Hour deal. For only $5 you can purchase a portion of cheese and bean nachos and choose between a margarita or any domestic beer. Also, they offer a 20% discount to students, senior citizens, and military personnel. They must provide valid IDs to be properly identified.
Taco Cabana FAQs
At what time does Taco Cabana open?
Most Taco Cabana restaurants open at 06:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday. However, it may vary from one location to another and it is highly recommended that you visit the restaurant’s official website to see which are the opening hours of the location you are interested in.
At what time does Taco Cabana close?
Most Taco Cabana restaurants close every day at 10:00 p.m. But again, it depends on the location. So, you should visit their official website to check this information.
What are the twelve flavors of margaritas at Taco Cabana?
Taco Cabana offers 12 flavors of margarita permanently, each available for $3. These include Lime, Mangonada, Strawberry Mango, Mango, Pineapple, Blue Curacao, Coconut, Watermelon, Green Apple, Dragonfruit, Blood Orange, and Strawberry.
Does Taco Cabana serve enchiladas?
Yes, Taco Cabana menu includes enchiladas. You can choose between a 3-enchilada plate, 2-enchilada plate, or 1-enchilada plate.
What type of alcohol does Taco Cabana serve?
The alcoholic beverages served at Taco Cabana include vodka, rum, tequila, and others.