Top Choice Mexican in Brownsville

Taco Palenque

Flagship of a small Rio Grande Valley chain run by a famous local family, you may find yourself here more than once. Order tacos at the counter and then start drooling over the best salsa bar ever. Ten kinds of sals…
Top Choice 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 many, but you'll never go wrong with carne guisada (spicy beef), beans and avocado…
Top Choice Cajun in Port Arthur

Larry's French Market & Cajun Restaurant

Larry's is the real Louisiana deal. You can't get more authentic than this rustic restaurant and dance hall. During lunch the local specialties – including shrimp creole, fried crawfish and gumbo – are served cafete…
Top Choice Seafood in Port Isabel

Joe's Oyster Bar Restaurant

Delight in seafood direct off the boats at this simple joint. They make a mean crab cake and the oysters are renowned. You can get anything to go for picnics or packed fresh for cooking later in the condo.
Top Choice Burgers in South Padre Island

Padre Island Brewing Company

Although it's not on the water, this microbrewery is well worth a visit for its changing lineup of local brews. The sampler ($6.75) is 6-oz pours of all five on tap. Burgers and other bar food are popular. There is …
Top Choice American in Galveston

Farley Girls

The historic building may be elegant, with fern-studded colonnades and high wood ceilings, but the tasty comfort food and counter service are down-home casual. Eclectic offerings include both warm goat cheese and pe…
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. Don't miss the buttery, tender beef brisket.
Top Choice Cafe in Port Aransas

Avery's Kitchen

With a large sunny deck, this cheap and cheerful cafe stays crowded by offering up excellent breakfasts, sandwiches and daily seafood specials. The onion rings are superb and everyone gets free Jello. The shrimp in…
Top Choice Mexican in Laredo

El Meson De San Augustin

Six days a week, superb food issues forth from this tiny, uber-nondescript family-run restaurant. It's almost like going to someone's house for lunch, especially given the paucity of signage outside. Seemingly humdr…
Top Choice Mexican in Laredo

Palenque Grill

The upscale branch of the Taco Palenque empire features an open and airy main dining room and a capacious terrace. The menu is ambitious and features regional cuisine from around Mexico. Just the chips, salsa and t…