Top things to do in The Upper Valley

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 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 …
Lake in The Upper Valley

Falcon International Reservoir

This 136-sq-mile lake was formed by the Falcon Dam (1953) on the Rio Grande. Although seemingly tranquil, the lake has also suffered from the border tensions: fishing boats have been beset by pirates as recently as …
Cafe in Laredo

Organic Man Coffee Trike

Originally a tricycle that made the rounds at Laredo's market, the coffee is so popular that they've settled into a brick-and-mortar location. Espresso drinks ($3 to $5) and a small bakery selection make for a rejuv…
Steak in Laredo

Tack Room

Steaks that would make any Texan proud, served in a historic Victorian house (also the west wing of La Posada) just off San Augustín Plaza. It's on the pricey side and you should probably spiff up a little before yo…
Mexican in Laredo

Palenque Grill

The upscale chain of the Taco Palenque empire features an airy main dining room and a huge terrace. The menu is ambitious and features a broad range of regional cuisine from across Mexico. From the moment the chips,…
Mexican in Laredo

Zaragoza Grill

Inside the lobby of the La Posada Hotel, the Zaragoza offer a more casual fine-dining option. Chef Alberto Gutierrez specializes in fusion fare that starts with Mexican but runs through quite a few creative combinat…
Bar in Laredo

Siete Banderas

Named for the seven flags that have flown over Laredo, the long list of musical acts that pass through here in a given month seem to draw from all those influences and more. There's a full food menu as well, but thi…
Mexican in Eagle Pass

Super Tacos Morales

The tacos at this roadside shack are so good that cars line up down the street – literally. Breakfast tacos (till 11am) are an unbelievable 89¢, but even the super-loaded Super Taco is only $3.09. Which is good, bec…
Museum in Laredo

Republic of the Rio Grande Museum

Housed in an 1830s home that served in 1840 as the capitol of the short-lived Republic of the Rio Grande, this excellent museum brings that turbulent era to life. Displays explore the confused political climate of t…