An interview with Armando Vera in Brownsville, who owns the only restaurant in Texas to offer traditional, buried-in-the-ground, coal-smoked barbacoa.
Victories by Mayra Flores and Michelle Vallejo illustrate the complex crosscurrents at work as the Tejano vote grows and splinters.
Plus, authorities seized 31 pets from an animal hoarder, and two MMA fighters wrested away a shooter's weapon.
By chasing an early retirement and triggering a special election, veteran Rep. Filemon Vela of Brownsville has opened up a big opportunity for Republican candidate Mayra Flores.
Gene Fernandez has an outfit for every story, but his infectious love for local history is the star of the show.
Where to find the region's specialties, from mammoth breakfast tacos to old-school barbacoa.
After a death threat on a U.S. official halted the importation of Mexican avocados this week, restaurants and grocers remain optimistic.
The race to replace state senator Eddie Lucio Jr. features four candidates, each with a competing vision for the future of their party.
Some folks in Texas's poorest city see a new downtown mural funded by the billionaire's foundation as the writing on the wall.
Nearly 12,000 registered voters have received letters demanding proof of citizenship as part of Texas’s newest effort at “voter list maintenance.”
Brownsville native Beth Bugdaycay takes the concept of a good luck charm to a whole other level with her Foundrae line of handmade gold chains, medallions, and more.
Selections from Brownsville, San Antonio, Bellaire, and more showcase the wide variety of vibrant foods in the Lone Star State.
As a kid in Brownsville, Bradley Freeman Jr. taught himself puppeteering. Now he’s educating preschoolers about race through his role on the beloved PBS show.
In announcing an ambitious renewable-energy push this week, the Biden administration highlighted a vessel under construction in Brownsville as proof of the economic opportunities of going green.
They fear that the end of the mask mandate and the influx of spring break crowds is a recipe for danger.
Founded by Fish Fiorucci, Lady Gaga’s former muse, the f10 modeling agency is focused on building a fashion community in the Rio Grande Valley.
We set the record straight and offer several favorite options to fill your belly while fueling up your tank.
Robert Rodriguez tended to patients in the Rio Grande Valley as cases surged last summer, and he’s taken that experience to serving on the president-elect’s pandemic task force.
I finished my crazy adventure after two months, circumnavigating Texas—all 3,000-plus miles—by bicycle.
South Texas queens who put on a wig, makeup, and heels are rebelling against a culture that has long been steeped in machismo.
On his latest album, the Texan country musician sings of endurance within a fraught system.
This taco is so beloved that it was part of a thorny trademark dispute.
Plus: the history of Sweden's “Taco Friday.”
Plus: They're back! Joints that have reopened in some capacity.
There are about 2,000 migrants in the camp now. It changes every day—20 new families arrive, then 40 leave. Two months ago, the government made everyone move from the plaza—a park near the bridge—to the river bank. They were
Show your local joints some taco love during this crisis. They need it.
Among the Brownsville taqueria's impressive array of tacos is one using tender beef from a trompo.
The 65-year-old Brownsville restaurant specializes in traditional underground pit-smoked cows’ heads.
The Wall Street Journal investigates what happened to the snowballs people froze after a historic 2004 snowfall.
Volunteers from across Texas, the U.S., and abroad have been making the trek to the border to help immigrants trapped in legal limbo.
The tortillas de harina at this Brownsville restaurant are amazing, but just one is more than enough.
Situated on the frontlines of the immigration crisis, the Angry Tias y Abuelas group acts as the eyes and ears of the border.
A revitalized downtown and a new network of hiking, biking, and paddling trails add to the appeal of this border town by the beach.
At hearings in tent courtrooms this week, migrant families were confused and fearful about their prospects.
On the first day of “return to Mexico” hearings, attorneys and journalists were turned away from the tent courtrooms where the hearings are taking place.
Art and activism intersected at the Rio Grande Valley’s first Encuentro en la Frontera.
The lifelong Texan discusses the need to reintroduce America’s better angels into the immigration debate.
Welcome to the golden age of Texas barbecue.
An economic boom in Mexican cities bordering Texas has created an "urban pileup effect." Here's what that looks like.
How a civic-minded, cowboy-themed party came to represent an identity that’s not so easily split.
Why Mexican Americans love the Dallas Cowboys.
On the campus of the Orange Show, in Houston, is a new three-dimensional immersive folk art experience that’s a whimsical explosion of colors, textures, and community spirit.
When I needed a new home office, I thought I’d save money by hiring a draftsman. I got what I paid for—and more.
The beloved tradition of taquerias in Brownsville, on display for all to see.
Sleek, shiny rockets on sleepy, shifty sands: as SpaceX prepares to build in South Texas, I wonder if my old stomping grounds can handle the inevitable collision of cultures. I sure hope so.
Veggie tales from Brownsville in the early twentieth century.
And the apps to download before you go.
How a trip to South Padre Island, a grand theft auto, and an English folk singer forever changed my life’s course.
For years my relatives have claimed that they were robbed of oil and gas royalties on Padre Island. Last May a Brownsville jury agreed, vindicating—for now—the family’s proud heritage and proving that, sometimes, the little guy does win.
Like sadistic teenagers who introduce fire ants into an otherwise docile ant farm, the producers of MTV’s voyeuristic soap opera The Real World make casting decisions based not on avoiding conflict but on encouraging it. This season’s stereotypes are a jock, a poet, a comely lesbian, a city girl, a