We love taquerias and greasy spoons, but occasionally we want to take folks out for fancy tacos. Although it has the look of an upscale restaurant in a major city, family-owned Palenque Grill started in Laredo and its McAllen edition has a distinctive South Texas feel. We like their Mar y Tiera served on a sizzling platter with fajita, shrimp, and all the accoutrements. This festive surf and turf combo demands to be washed down with a top-shelf margarita. But if someone in your party is a wine lover, it’s hard to beat the combination of a full-bodied red with carne asada (ribeye) with sliced avocado on a fresh corn tortilla.
606 Expressway 83, McAllen (956-994-8181). Open 7 Days.