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52. Hunt Down The Paleta Guy

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Another great influence from south of the border: Paletas. - COURTESY
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  • Another great influence from south of the border: Paletas.

More elusive than any ice cream truck, the paleta man has evaded us plenty and we're on his route. Turns out there's more something like 10 independent vendors who lease out the colorful pushcarts from El Paraiso Ice Cream (1934 Fredericksburg Rd., (210) 737-8101), and each has a different route. According to Maggie Flores, the eldest daughter of owners Jose and Maria Flores, paleteros have been around since the '80s, when El Paraiso needed a fleet of almost 50 to market and share their wares. Need to find one of these frozen treat angels roaming the streets of San Antonio with their old-school pushcart, plenty of bags of chicharrones and paletas in tow? You can find them just about anywhere, but you won't be able to miss them on the west and south sides of town.

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