El Pastor Mexican Grill

May 25, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Originally from Reynosa, El Pastor has been known for great cabrito since the sixties. Here at their newest outpost on our side of the Rio Grande, it’s prepared al pastor, resulting in meat that’s crispy crusted, moist, and full of flavor. They also offer other traditional dishes, like tampiqueñas.

Il Forna a Legna

Apr 7, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Il Forno is McAllen’s new hot spot for serious Italian food. We were so delighted with our server’s recommendation of grilled eggplant with prosciutto that we followed his lead to the veal saltimbocca. And we were so happy with our tender sautéed medallions that we couldn’t resist his recommendation to…

The Lunch Box

Mar 23, 2016 By Texas Monthly

For those still lamenting the day the doors closed at Bistro M: behold and rejoice. Chef Marcel Fortuin has reopened, decking out his former French bistro with vintage lunch boxes. We started with grilled shrimp over mixed greens perfectly coated in a light vinaigrette (prepared à la minute). The fish…


Feb 9, 2016 By Texas Monthly

While the Valley is renowned for its delicious Mexican food, that heavy, cheesy fare can be infamously bad for you. The folks behind Fit-Fillet are valiantly countering the bad rap with dishes that are tasty and also healthy. We enjoyed our tender Akaushi skirt steak with house-made chimichurri so much…

La Costa Grill

Feb 3, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Don’t fill up on the fresh salsas, soup, and refried beans, because you won’t want to miss out on your main course at this authentic interior Mexican grill. We loved the La Costa Molcajete, although we worried our server may have lost his eyebrows from the unexpected flame that shot…

Bodega Tavern & Kitchen

Feb 3, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Exposed pipes and subway tiles set an industrial tone at Bodega, which boasts modern South Texas cuisine and the only house-cured charcuterie south of the Alamo. Take a group to share several options, from the delicate duck prosciutto to the peppery brisket pastrami. We declared the beet fries topped with…

Los Asados

Nov 19, 2015 By Texas Monthly

We love bustling Mexican food joints, but sometimes they’re so loud we can’t hear ourselves think. The new, upscale McAllen location of Los Asados, however, is so well designed we can hear the sizzle of fajitas across the room. The chips and fresh salsas, including a dynamite habanero, set our…

The Mighty House

Oct 5, 2015 By Texas Monthly

The Mighty Food Truck has moved its eclectic fare into a permanent home. We started with the Strawberry Fields, fresh greens topped with grilled chicken, candied pecans, and strawberries, then moved on to the Miami Nights, the Mighty’s take on a classic Cuban with shredded pork, ham, pickles, and cheese.

La Caravane

Sep 25, 2015 By Texas Monthly

Mobile vendors have a place to call home at McAllen’s new food park, located under the palm trees near the chamber of commerce. From La Caravane’s menu of gourmet fare on a stick, we enjoyed a skewer of grilled shrimp, chicken, beef, and vegetables served with a spicy chipotle sauce.

PJ’s Pies

Aug 24, 2015 By Texas Monthly

When a young preacher with a knack for baking was tasked with making something out of a case of ripe mangos, he came up with a pie—think sweet apple with smoky mango. It was so good that it launched him into business baking for local restaurants, an enterprise that grew…