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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…
Steak in McAllen

Patio on Guerra

At the top of a small nightlife district in the historic district, the Patio is popular for after work happy-hour drinks from the huge wine list that boasts more than 130 options. Diners can choose from quality stea…
Bar in McAllen

Grain to Glass

With around 30 craft brews on tap at any given time (and more in bottles), Grain to Glass has made a mission of bringing the beer revolution to the Rio Grande Valley. It's very much a local pub, and the owners even …
Museum in McAllen

Museum of South Texas History

The Museum of South Texas History covers transborder history with interactive multimedia exhibits that take visitors through frontier ranch houses and on board the steamboats that once plied the Rio Grande. The muse…
Bar in McAllen

Roosevelt's at 7

In a land where miserable watery domestic beers rule, the over 40 taps here are like a vision, a glorious vision. On the edge of a modest arts district, Roo's has a large patio with a pool table and lots of casual f…
Historic Building in McAllen

Quinta Mazatlan

This 1930s Spanish Revival adobe hacienda is one of McAllen's best-preserved historic buildings. It also happens to be part of the World Birding Center, though the small size of the property will make this a seconda…
Tex-Mex in McAllen

Costa Messa

With a menu that straddles the border between Mexican and Tex-Mex, this slightly formal place is a great option to test the waters of the Rio Grande's culinary mélange. The fiery guacamole is not to be missed.
Performing Arts in McAllen

Cine El Rey

An anchor of the 17th St nightlife district, the historic Cine El Rey has transitioned from from the Spanish-language films of the past to genre-crossing live music and stand-up comedy.
Tex-Mex in McAllen

Republic of the Rio Grande

This place has a casual upscale atmosphere to go with the mixed menu of innovative Tex-Mex and more laid-back burgers and pizza. The bar is popular, as is the patio seating.
Breakfast in McAllen

Country Omelette

A hard day of birdwatching demands a hearty breakfast, and the namesake omelettes are made more delicious by the irony of starting the day with eggs. Take it slow on that coffee – service can be a bit sluggish and n…