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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 Nature Reserve in The Coastal Bend

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

For birdwatchers the nearly 115,000-acre Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is the premier site on the Texas coast – especially to spot whooping cranes, of which only 15 once remained in the wild. Bird numbers peak du…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Los Fresnos

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

This 70-sq-mile federal preserve, northwest of Port Isabel, has recorded more bird species sightings (400 and counting) than any other national wildlife refuge. You're almost guaranteed to see something interesting,…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in South Padre Island

Sea Turtle, Inc

No, you can't handle the sea turtles. But you can see rescued turtles and learn firsthand about the slow rebirth of critically endangered Kemp's ridley turtle populations. The center serves as a hospital for injured…
Top Choice Historic Building in Galveston

Bishop's Palace

Built between 1886 and 1893, this ornate stone mansion has hidden back stairs, false-lit stained glass and other fun features. Constructed by the affluent entrepreneurial Gresham family, though the more colloquial n…
Top Choice Bar in Corpus Christi

Brewster Street Icehouse

The perfect embodiment of the Texas icehouse. Bring the kids for a burger, friends for a beer, or wander over after a game at Whataburger Field for the live music. Thursday nights are Texas Country, but Friday to Su…
Top Choice State Park in The Coastal Bend

Brazos Bend State Park

Alligators. Alligators everywhere. You'll surely enjoy the diversity of wetland and forest landscapes, birdwatching, maybe even get some use out of the 37 miles of looping hiking trails, but the lingering impression…
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 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 …