Down off of St. Elmo and South First (and now also in San Marcos) the staff at Casa Maria have been serving it up since 1997. What is "it"? Warm and kitschy decor. Twenty-five plus feet of fully stocked pan dulce cases, featuring an array of sweet empanadas, pink cake, cookies, and delicious, flakey, chocolate-tipped abanicos. It: a good reason to say the word "salchicha" as in, "Mi niño quiere la salchicha." Which basically means while mom and dad are enjoying enchiladas and slurping specialty margaritas from Casa Maria's full bar, baby Trey can get a hot dog.