Today as I walked to my car - full and very happy - I said a prayer for The Original Donut Shop. I prayed they would always be able to retain their authenticity of cooking Puro San Anto Tex-Mex food the way it was intended: with lots of (cheddar, not American, gracias!) cheese, grease, and love. I prayed they'd always be on Fredericksburg Road in their small building where the traffic builds up for them only. I prayed they never change for anyone or anything. They are an institution I've been frequenting for several years.
Today marks the 3rd time I've been able to dine-in: the Original is only open from 7 am - 2 pm every day and are ca$h only. I usually wait in their right-hand drive-thru lane on the weekend for both breakfast tacos and donuts/other breakfast pastries. You won't find any better in one location in the city, I promise. The only other times I was able to dine-in, I had their menudo and carne guisada with cheese to relieve a hangover. #protip
To my delighted surprise, the Original also has a few lunch plate specials with unlimited soda refills for only $5.50! I noticed one man had a large bowl of the fideo loco, which can be ordered from their regular menu. I got the Mexican Plate: a cheese enchilada, a bean and cheese chalupa, rice and beans, and 2 flour tortillas. To complete my tray, the señora placed a cup of their salsa in between the plates.
If heaven exists, there will be an Original Donut Shop waiting for me, full of viejitas speaking Spanish, while the smell of beans and tortillas permeates the air.
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