Dec 5, 2016 By Texas Monthly

We walked in with a preconceived notion of what the interiors of most Tex-Mex restaurants look like. What a pleasant surprise was this large room, with its sophisticated art and subdued colors. For an appetizer, we landed on the Mini Changas, four small shredded-beef chimichangas with queso; we were a…


Feb 3, 2017 By Texas Monthly

The staff is indeed welcoming at this staple of the Fort’s restaurants, but on our last visit we had a weird experience with the aptly named Austin Plate. We began drooling when we spied a chile relleno, large, golden, and inviting, and a chalupa—a tad small, though brimming with seasoned…


Jan 25, 2016 By Texas Monthly

There are many Mexican choices in the area, but this is the place we keep coming back to. It certainly isn’t the plain decor or springy-bottom booths. It’s the queso and guacamole that taste like they were just made, and the tried-and-true Tex-Mex staples like tacos and enchiladas. Every now…

El Patio

Nov 26, 2019 By Texas Monthly

Tex-Mex migrates east along Highway 90 and shines with amazing salsa.

El Tiempo Cantina

Sep 9, 2016 By Texas Monthly

With their newest location, the Laurenzo family comes full circle, returning to the East End, next door to the original Ninfa’s. The solid Tex-Mex menu and cantina interiors are the same, as are the potent margaritas and addictive green sauce—we’ve made many a meal out of just that—but the nostalgia…

Gabriela & Sofia’s

May 11, 2016 By Texas Monthly

What to do when everything looks so good? Our solution is to order an appetizer platter, which gave smaller tastes of everything we happen to like: cheese quesadillas studded with colorful peppers, beef and chicken nachos with yellow cheese on crisp chips, a mini brisket chimichanga, and two small crunchy…

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…


Jul 31, 2017 By Texas Monthly

With lots of big tables for families and various other crews, this is a great, down-to-earth place, often crowded with folks who seem to know the menu by heart. We ordered the special, a grilled-chicken sandwich with Monterey Jack cheese and roasted green chiles; the slight sweetness of the bun…


Jun 22, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The town whose main claim to fame is its vigilant Border Patrol checkpoint also has this surprisingly good cafe on a street paralleling Interstate 10. The somewhat tattered menu is as casually bilingual as the clientele. The painting of a bowl of caldo de res on the front of the…

Rafa’s Cafe Mexicano

Jan 25, 2016 By Texas Monthly

It’s like dining in a vaulted cave here, one where the list of tequilas is most impressive and the food is consistently good. We have a thing for the enchiladas, so an order of the Enchiladas Banderas—chicken with sour cream, beef with ranchera, and cheese with tomatillo—is a must. Beware…


Nov 12, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Upscale Tex-Mex in a chic and bustling space in the Heights.