“A Night In Old San Antonio®” and 58 of their Worldly Delights!
Marty Martindale

When events are big, they plan them early. A Night in Old San Antonio® is a four-night festival in the heart of downtown San Antonio that celebrates the city’s diverse cultural legacy for more than 80,000 revelers annually. Through the magic of 250-plus food, drink and atmosphere booths; more than 20 live musical acts; children’s games; decorations; souvenirs and costumed volunteers, NIOSA brings the city’s heritage alive in 15 distinct areas:

Sponsored by and benefiting the San Antonio Conservation Society, the 64th presentation of NIOSA will be held Tuesday through Friday evenings, April 24-27, 2012 during the city’s 11-day Fiesta San Antonio® celebration.

What makes NIOSA unique over the zillion run-of-the-mill festivals around the world?

  • All food items are created, perfected, and prepared by NIOSA second and third generation volunteers on-site and truly reflect the areas where they can be found.  In fact, sometimes the only place they can be enjoyed is at NIOSA.
  • On the average, NIOSA revelers annually consume over 31,000 lbs. of beef; 14,750 lbs. of chicken; 4,500 lbs. of sausage; 3,000 turkey legs; 56,500 buns, rolls and bolillos; 36,645 flour tortillas; 11,000 tamales; 29,120 lbs. of fruits and vegetables; and 4,000 lbs. of guacamole.

Here are at least 58 foods you’ll find:

Aguacates (fresh avocado halves filled with sour cream and spicy sauce)

Anticuchos, marinated steak shish-k-bob;

Apple Strudle

Armadillo Eggs (jalapeños stuffed with cheddar cheese and baked in a biscuit-batter coating


Bavarian Kreme

Belgian Waffles

Black Forest Cake



Buñuelos (crisp fried Mexican pastry discs dusted with cinnamon and sugar)

Carne Guisada


Chicken Tamales

Chili with homemade tamales

Cowboy Klopse (a deep-fried meatball in jalapeño batter)

Cowboy Paradise (calf fries)

Crab Cakes

Daiquiris de Fresas

Elotes (corn on the cob)


Fajitas de Pollo

Fried Cheesecake

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Mushrooms

Fried Ravioli

Funnel Cakes



Horseshoe Sausage

Maria’s Tortillas (a hand-patted, grilled corn tortilla, buttered and filled with cheddar cheese and salsa)

Matinee Chips, (fried jalapenos)

Mexican Coffee

Miss Kitty’s Kernels

Pigs in a Blanket

Poblano en Salsa

Polish Zummers

Pollo Rancheros

Prairie Chicken (skinless chicken sautéed with onion and bell pepper and served in a flour tortilla),

Puffy Tacos,

Quesadilla de Camerones


Queso Flameado

Ranch Steak

Sangria and Shrimp Parilla

Sausage on a Stick

Shypoke Eggs




Taco de Barbacoa

Taco de Espada (beef brisket taco)

Tapas Bandas (flour tortillas filled with chicken, Monterrey jack cheese, olives, red peppers and guacamole, and grilled until toasted.
Churros de Cajet,

Texas Bird Leg

Torta de Puerc

Wine Margaritas

Yo Soy Taco

Ziegen Bock


For more information:

“A Night In Old San Antonio®

Fiesta San Antonio®

La Villita


Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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