A fruteria, also known as a Mexican juice bar, literally translates to “fruit store (shop)” in English. A fruteria primarily serves fresh-squeezed fruit juice drinks and smoothies, as well as desserts, snack foods and street foods. NOTE: Here are a few fruteria menu items you may not know.
Agua fresca– Spanish meaning “fresh water,” which according to Merriam-Webster is defined as “a beverage consisting of water and sugar with fruits, grains, or seeds added for flavoring.”
Chamoyada– A sweet, spicy drink made with shaved ice, sorbet or ice cream, as well as fruit (guava, lemon, mango, pineapple, strawberry, tamarind) chunks, chamoy sauce and chili powder.
Mangonada– A sweet, spicy drink made with mango sorbet or mango-flavored shaved ice, chunks of mango fruit, chamoy sauce, chili powder and served with a tamarind candy straw.
Rusa– Fruit drink made with fresh pineapple, oranges, melons, lime, ice and a dash of chili powder, topped with lemon-lime or grapefruit soda.
Fruteria La Mission– 553 East White Street- Open 7 days a week, with outdoor seating and a drive-thru window. Their menu features fruit cups made to order, agua frescas, hot Cheetos with cheese and fresas con crema (strawberries and cream). Two of their favorite menu items is their Mango Chamoyada (mango sorbet with chamoy sauce) and their Large Fruit Cup, made with cantaloupe, coconut, cucumber, grapes, jicama, mango, pineapple, strawberries and watermelon, topped with chili salt and lime.
Fruteria Los Amigos– 1610 Roosevelt Avenue- Produce stand located across from the Little Red Barn Steakhouse. Besides their large assortment of fruits, vegetables, Mexican candies and Mexican sodas, they also have a menu featuring agua frescas, elotes (AKA Mexican street corn), fruit cups, mangonadas and paletas (ice pops).
Herb-N-Juice– 1502 South Flores Street- Vegan juice and smoothie bar, open 6 days a week- Tuesday through Sunday. Their menu features an array of organic juices, superfood smoothies, as well as acai and dragon fruit bowls. Two of their menu favorites include the Gypsy Berry Acai Bowl, which is made with acai, berries and granola, topped with blueberries and peaches and the Sunburst Juice, which is made with berries, carrots, grapefruit, pineapple, ginger and cayenne.
Jugo Juicery– 3103 Southeast Military Drive- Casual, low-key shop offering a range of healthy juices, smoothies, superfood bowls & to-go options. Two of their menu favorites are the Blue Majik Juice, made with blue majik, pineapple, aloe Vera and lime and the Feeling Peachy Smoothie, made with mango, peaches and pineapple.
Pure Juice– 812 South Presa Street- Juice bar featuring cold pressed juices, cashew milk drinks, smoothies and acai bowls. Two popular menu items include the Mint Cooler Juice, made with apple, celery, cucumber, pineapple and mint and the New Leap Smoothie, made with agave, banana, coconut water, mango, pineapple and spinach.
Smoothie King– 2426 Southeast Military Drive- Opening its doors September 7, 2019- Coppell, Texas-based smoothie establishment with approximately 950 locations around the world. Founded in 1973, their menu features an array of whole fruit and vegetable smoothies for every purpose and taste, including 24 Fitness Blends, 19 Slim Blends, 15 Wellness Blends, 14 Take A Break Blends and 6 Kids Blends.
Squeezers– 732 South Alamo Street- San Antonio’s first and only mobile juicer. Juice truck featuring a menu of handcrafted fruit and vegetable blended juices and lemonades. Two menu favorites include the Summer Water Juice (seasonal), made with watermelon, pineapple and mint and the Valley Girl Juice, made with grapefruit, orange and pineapple.
The Fruteria at Southtown– 1401 South Flores Street- Fruit cups, smoothies, tapas & Mexican street fare, plus tequila & cocktails in upbeat, trendy digs. Their popular menu items include jugos (natural juices)- fresh pressed juices and licuados (milkshakes)- seasonal ripe fruit blended with your choice of fresh squeezed orange juice or milk.