Gulf Coast & South Texas restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in Laredo

Taco N' Madre

These are, without hyperbole, some of the best tacos we've ever eaten. The meat is juicy and perfectly seasoned, the tortillas fresh, the salsa piquant without being overbearing. Two or three is a reasonable meal, b…
Top Choice Seafood in Port Aransas

Roosevelt's at the Tarpon Inn

The fine dining room at the Tarpon Inn is worth getting spiffed up for. Reserve a table on the verandah and settle back to enjoy a seasonal menu of seafood and steaks, simply and creatively prepared, accompanied by …
Top Choice Vietnamese in Port Arthur

Bahn Mi Deli

You'll probably pass by a couple of times before you find it. The corner-store vibe isn't immediately convincing, but after tasting one (or a few) of the traditional-style bahn mi sandwiches, you may just find yours…
Top Choice Barbecue in Goliad

McMillan's BBQ

Close to the Fannin battleground site, this small roadhouse is loved for its sweet and savory barbecue and especially the buttery, tender beef brisket. Though the dining room is tiny, owner/chef Louis McMillan has s…
Top Choice Mexican in Laredo

El Meson de San Augustin

Six days a week, superb food pours forth from this tiny, ubernondescript family-run restaurant just off the historic square. Walk through the barely marked door and be immersed in a wonderland of home-style Mexican …
Top Choice Tex-Mex in Goliad

La Bahia Restaurant

The homemade shells, fantastic salsa and delicately spiced meat here make for what may be one of the best taco plates of any Tex-Mex joint in the state. It gets busy and you may have to wait for a table at dinner, b…
Top Choice Cajun in Galveston

Maceo Spice & Import

This excellent importer and spice market also happens to serve the best muffalettas and Cajun food in town at tables crammed between the shelves. The shop stays open till 5pm, but lunch service ends at 3pm.
Top Choice Seafood in Port Isabel

Joe's Oyster Bar Restaurant

Ask for recommendations on where to eat in Port Isabel, and this combination fishmonger and restaurant is the most common suggestion by far. It makes a mean po'boy sandwich, the oysters are renowned, and you can get…
Mexican in McAllen

Ms G's Tacos n' More

Ms G herself arrives every morning at 4:30am to make the region's best flour tortillas for her deceptively simple tacos. Options are numerous, but you'll never go wrong with chorizo and potato, especially at three f…
Mexican in Brownsville

El Ultimo Taco Taqueria

Tacos, flautas, tostadas and beans. That's it. Yet they're so good they've been voted the best tacos in the Rio Grande Valley several times, and the small dining room and large patio aren't enough to hold the crowds…