La Fonda Oak Hills can lay claim, with justification, to being the oldest continually operating Mexican restaurant in the Alamo City. Virginia Berry, the grandmother of La Fonda's current 3rd. generation owner (Mr. John Berry) spent her childhood years in Monterrey, Mexico, where her father worked for a mining company. While living there, she developed a love for the tastes and traditions of Mexico. When the family moved to San Antonio, Virginia, now a young woman, opened a small shop on Main Avenue offering fresh tamales, tostados, and hot sauce. That small shop soon evolved across the street into what would be the original La Fonda restaurant in 1932. For many years, the family lived above the restaurant.
John's father, Jack, followed in his mother's footsteps and opened La Fonda Oak Hills at 350 Northaven. At that time, the current location was still "way out in the country". John has been operating La Fonda Oak Hills in the family tradition since his father's death in 1982, with just a few changes; one by design and one by serendipity. By design, the menu still offers many of Virginia's original recipes, with a nod to "Heart Healthy" items, using cholesterol-free canola oil for cooking and frying. Through serendipity, a 1986 break-in created an unexpected opportunity for renovations. Burglars spent an unsuccessful night trying to open the restaurant's safe. While bungling the safecracking, they did help themselves to the abundant supply of tequila in the bar. Eventually, in frustration, they poured spirits around the restaurant, and set it ablaze. Following the fire, John made the decision to add a function room to accomodate celebrations of all types; anniversarys, weddings, rehearsal dinners, office parties, club meetings, birthdays, etc.
Today, as you enter through La Fonda's front door, you'll see above the host/hostess podium a portrait of Josie Alvarado which stands as a reminder of the long and enduring traditions at our restaurant. Josie worked at the original La Fonda for John's grandmother in the 30's, and retired only in 1993.