McAllen

La Cucina

Nov 27, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Pizzas, pastas, and even empanadas are on the menu at La Cucina.

El Callejón de los Milagros

Jul 25, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The bright murals on the walls depict a fiesta, but don’t think El Callejón—this is the second location—is your typical border Tex-Mex joint. The owners are from the Mexican coastal state of Veracruz, and they know that region’s lusty cuisine. We shared the Molcajete Milagroso, a sizzling hot molcajete (stone…

Salt

Jun 26, 2017 By Texas Monthly

“New American Table” describes this place to a T.

Boka 400

May 22, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Tall trees splashed with purple lights give this contemporary bistro a sophisticated feel, and the diverse menu ranges from gourmet burgers to slow-roasted suckling pig. Start with the crispy cauliflower, a quarter head roasted and offered with a Greek yogurt dressing and basil curry sauce. Then move on to grilled…

Europa

Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Europa is a feast for the senses, with a hopping bar scene and even bowling lanes. Perched high atop stilts, the lofty place serves elevated bar fare, like arancini with pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, and a tangy marinara and the towering Big Tex Burger: two patties, brisket, applewood-smoked bacon, and pulled…

La Playa Fajita Grill

Dec 12, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Since La Playa calls their McAllen outpost a “Fajita Grill,” that’s just what we turned to on a menu packed with Tex-Mex favorites. Our ears perked up when we heard our lunch come sizzling toward us, and our eyes got their fill of seared beef over grilled peppers and onions…

Market Barbeque

Oct 4, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Market Barbeque brings mellow hickory smoke to the borderlands, a region where sharp native mesquite reigns supreme. We enjoyed that more-subtle flavor in our moist brisket and meaty pork ribs, but the star of the show was the enormous beef ribs with crusty bark. The sides were good too, especially…