Mexican Street Food
Chef Johnny Hernandez, one of the premier Mexican cuisine chefs in the country, was born and raised in a community of first-generation Mexican American families and grew up surrounded by the foods and traditions of interior Mexico that made their way across the border. He attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York and worked in several notable kitchens around the country, but the most profound influence on Chef Hernandez’s culinary style has been his extensive travels throughout Mexico. His time spent exploring the cultural nuances of the country’s many regions to develop La Gloria's menu has shaped his vision to create authentic and accessible interior Mexican cuisine.
100 E Grayson St.
San Antonio, TX 78215
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“The brainchild local chef Johnny Hernandez—West Side bred and a grad of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park—, the restaurant turned Mexican food on its head for most of SA.Many of the dishes that he introduced seemed exotic to a customer base whose idea of “Mexican food” was quite Americanized and always included complimentary tortilla chips and salsa.”
“If there is any one restaurant in San Antonio that has the most folks shaking their maracas, it’s La Gloria, which means “heaven” in Spanish.”
“The casual icehouse atmosphere says Texas, but the food says pure Mexico, with simple, well-made favorites that incorporate the best flavors and techniques of traditional cooking.”