'Morning after' business brisk at SA restaurants

New Year’s Day customers either hungry or hung over

Published On: Jan 01 2013 05:24:11 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 01 2013 06:15:53 PM CST

Local restaurants that were open New Year’s Day report “morning after” business was brisk with customers that were either hungry or hung over.

After celebrating the arrival of 2013 the night before, Paul Karam said he finally found what he needed at Rolando’s Super Taco in the 900 block of W. Hildebrand.

“We’re at the end of the rainbow for me because that’s where the pot of gold is for me, a pot of menudo,” Karam said.

An acquired taste for some, menudo is a spicy soup that blends seasonings with hominy and beef tripe.

The so-called “breakfast of champions” is said to relieve hangovers.

“Maybe it’s all in our head, but that’s what they’ve been telling us for years, so we go with it,” said Yolanda Showwalter, owner of Jacala Restaurant in the 700 block of West.

Founded in 1949, the iconic San Antonio restaurant has been recognized by the Texas Historical Commission as a “Texas Treasure.”

Showalter said Jacala’s menudo is her great grandmother’s recipe.

A neighborhood landmark for more than 40 years, Rolando’s claim to fame remains its super-sized flour tortilla tacos.

“A super grande bean and cheese taco, that’s the cure for them all,” said Mike Gonzales, who is likely to remember his first meal of 2013.

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