Pico De Gallo

On South Leona

38 years after founding the world-famous Mi Tierra Café & Bakery, Pedro and Cruz Cortez opened their second restaurant, La Carreta Mexican Steak House, on South Leona Street — just two blocks away from Historic Market Square.

In 1991, their sons, Jorge and David Cortez, remodeled and rebranded it as Restaurante Pico de Gallo, which became a popular spot for locals, famed for its savory parrilladas (barbecued meats). The two were subsequently recognized by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for their efforts to preserve and enrich the city’s historic and culinary culture.

Today, La Familia Cortez Restaurants (now comprised of five destination eateries) serve nearly 40,000 hungry guests combined, every week.

The Mural

When Pedro Cortez founded Mi Tierra in 1941, he was passionate about the need to preserve San Antonio’s Mexican culture. Since his passing in 1984, the Cortez family has championed the redevelopment of the west end of downtown into a “Zona Cultural,” San Antonio’s own version of the bustling Zona Rosa district in Mexico City.

The Cortez family strongly believes that public art is one of the most important ways to communicate our past, present, and future. Their latest contribution is the Celebración a Mi Madre (Celebration to My Mother) mural, which honors Ms. Rosie Castro, mother of former Mayor Julián and Congressman Joaquín Castro, and all Mexican-American mothers in San Antonio. Painted in oil by artist Armando Sánchez, the boldly colorful 33 foot mural adorns the interior of Restaurante Pico de Gallo in celebration of our Hispanic culture. Each of the individuals depicted is a leader in our community in the arts, medical, and educational fields, representing “Lo Mejor de lo Nuestro.”

Celebración a Mi Madre by Artist Armando Sánchez

San Antonio native Armando Sánchez has been painting the city’s people and landscapes for the past 30 years. Channeling his Chicano and Tex-Mex roots, the prolific painter skillfully captures the drama and energy of Mexican traditions and history in a vibrant style that’s become his signature. His portrait of Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata has become a focal point of the Cortez family landmark, Mi Tierra Café & Bakery. A master of multiple mediums, Sanchez is renowned for his watercolors depicting Mexican-American culture. His works are included in the personal collections of Jose Feliciano, Cheech Marin, Mick Jagger, and the University of Texas System Chancellor, Mark Yudof. The University of Texas at San Antonio has also selected a diverse array of his paintings for their collection of prominent South Texas artists.

Place Your Cursor Over The Mural To See Who's Who

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Guadalupe Garcia

Fernando Herrera

Willie Velasquez

Flaco Jimenez

Rosemary Kowalski

Pedro Cortez

Jesse Borrego

Henry B. Gonzalez

Tino Duran

Andy Benavides

Luis Lopez

Rosita Fernandez

Dr. Ellen Riojas-Clark

Jorge Ramos

David Medina

Elaine Mendoza

Gabriel Velasquez

Jose Luis Rivera Barrera

Félix Padrón

Raul Salazar

Henry Cisneros

Judge Albert Peña, Jr.

John Quiñonez

Dolores Huerta

Dr. Carmen Tafolla

Jorge Cortez

Lydia Mendoza

John Sharp

Rosa Rosales

Selena Quintanilla-Perez

Ruben Cortez

Manuel Cortez

Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier

Lionel Sosa

Henry Muñoz III

Victoria Castro

Mayor Julián Castro

Rosie Castro

Congressman Joaquin Castro

Patty Ortiz

David Cortez

Jessie Treviño

Ernest Bromley

Dr. Ricardo Romo

Sanda Cisneros

Dr. Jesse Zapata

Little Joe

Guillermo Hoyos

Robert Ytuarte

Rolando Pablos

Cesar Chavez

Jaime Martinez

Esteban "Steve" Jordan

Diego Bernal

Gini Garcia

Jesus Garza Diaz

Commissioner Paul Elizondo

Sunny Ozuna

Henry "El Zapatista" Rodriguez

Leticia Van de Putte

Vikki Carr

Emma Tenayuca

Father David Garcia

Cesar Martinez

Henry "The Fox" Muñoz

M Sgt. Roy Benavidez

dan Hernandez

Al Reddon

Freddy Fender

Dr. Felix D. Almaraz

Tomas Ybarra-Frausto

Nephtalí De Leon

Jesus "Chista" Cantu

Armando Sánchez

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Guadalupe Garcia

Guadalupe Garcia

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Fernando Herrera

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Willie Velasquez

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Flaco Jimenez

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Rosemary Kowalski

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Pedro Cortez

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Jesse Borrego

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Henry B. Gonzalez

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Tino Duran

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Andy Benavides

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Luis Lopez

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Rosita Fernandez

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Dr. Ellen Riojas-Clark

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Jorge Ramos

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David Medina

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Elaine Mendoza

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Gabriel Velasquez

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Jose Luis Rivera Barrera

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Félix Padrón

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Raul Salazar

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Henry Cisneros

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Judge Albert Peña, Jr.

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Dolores Huerta

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Dr. Carmen Tafolla

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Jorge Cortez

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Lydia Mendoza

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John Sharp

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Rosa Rosales

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Selena Quintanilla-Perez

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Ruben Cortez

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Manuel Cortez

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Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier

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Lionel Sosa

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Henry Muñoz III

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Victoria Castro

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Mayor Julián Castro

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Rosie Castro

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Congressman Joaquin Castro

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David Cortez

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Jessie Treviño

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Ernest Bromley

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Guillermo Hoyos

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Robert Ytuarte

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Rolando Pablos

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Cesar Chavez

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Jaime Martinez

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Esteban "Steve" Jordan

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Diego Bernal

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Gini Garcia

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Jesus Garza Diaz

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Commissioner Paul Elizondo

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Henry "El Zapatista" Rodriguez

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Leticia Van de Putte

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Vikki Carr

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Emma Tenayuca

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Father David Garcia

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Cesar Martinez

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Henry "The Fox" Muñoz

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M Sgt. Roy Benavidez

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Al Reddon

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Freddy Fender

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Dr. Felix D. Almaraz

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Tomas Ybarra-Frausto

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Nephtalí De Leon

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Jesus "Chista" Cantu

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Armando Sánchez