Brownsville

Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-Que (Top 50)

Jun 1, 2017 By Daniel Vaughn

With roots in Mexico, barbacoa became a mainstay on South Texas ranches, where cowboys were hungry and cow heads were plentiful (Texans were expert at nose-to-tail eating long before it became trendy). Today, most commercial barbacoa is steamed or done in pressure cookers to comply with health codes. Vera’s time-honored…

Get Bucky

Oct 13, 2014 By Dan Solomon

How the merger of two South Texas universities has stirred some complicated feelings about a fuzzy bronco.

The Battle of Boca Chica

Apr 11, 2014 By Dan Oko

With support from the Legislature, SpaceX may soon be launching rockets from Texas’ southernmost beach. That doesn’t mean a few nature lovers aren’t still ready to fight.

Vera’s: The Last Bastion of South Texas Barbacoa

May 21, 2013 By psharpe

Since the closing of Mancha’s Meat Market in Eagle Pass, there is only one place in all of Texas—maybe the entire country—that still serves traditional barbacoa: whole beef heads cooked in an underground pit over wood coals. The sign out front of Vera’s in Brownsville says it all: “Barbacoa en…

Anatomy of a Drug Cartel

Jan 21, 2013 By Helen Thorpe

The cocaine goes north. The money goes south. And Mexican kingpins like Juan García Abrego laugh all the way to the bank—a Texas bank, that is.

76–100

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From the Great Storm washing ashore in Galveston to Charles Elmer Doolin cooking up the frito in San Antonio

76–100

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From the Great Storm washing ashore in Galveston to Charles Elmer Doolin cooking up the frito in San Antonio

Pretty Ugly

Jan 20, 2013 By Jim Lewis

Why a lavish two-volume attack on the border fence, with photos by Maurice Sherif, misses the mark.

Let’s Have Mex-Tex

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Where’s the best place to get a perfect plate of enchiladas? A chile relleno to die for? A salsa you’ll never forget? Come along on our tour of the fifty greatest Mexican restaurants in Texas, from Hugo’s, in Houston, to Tacos Santa Cecilia, in El Paso. This is not your father’s Tex-Mex.

The Unknown Soldier

Jan 20, 2013 By Cecilia Ballí

Hector Perez loved his country enough to die for it. A year later, his family is still paying the price of patriotism.

Check Mates

Jan 20, 2013 By Katy Vine

Fernando Spada and Fernando Mendez are the Karpov and Kasparov of Brownsville: chess champions whose lifelong competition has produced a rivalry every bit as fierce as those of Ali and Frazier, McEnroe and Borg, or Nicklaus and Palmer. Did I mention that they’re in the fourth grade?

Hecho en Brownsville

Jul 31, 2012 By Oscar Casares

The grand opening of a new H-E-B in McAllen drew crowds—including several who showed up to hear a native son read from his collection of locally set short stories.

Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-Que

Mar 26, 2012 By Daniel Vaughn

I’m not here to tell you that I’m an authority on barbacoa. I know enough about it to be dangerous, and I’ve eaten enough of it to know that what I ate at Vera’s was something special. The funny part is that the best place to get barbacoa…

Home Run

Mar 1, 2012 By Oscar Casares

A jogging path along the Rio Grande was a treasured, secret place—until it became part of the front lines in a war I still don’t understand.

Oh no! Barbecue Stalwart Wild Blue Is Closing.

Jan 28, 2012 By Patricia Sharpe

Little did I know when I wrote the following words nearly four years ago—“Please, patronize Wild Blue before it’s too late”—that my greatest fear would come true. One of the true stalwarts of Texas Barbecue–Wild Blue B.B.Q., located in the near-Brownsville city of Los Fresnos—will shut its doors…

Jody Blackburn, Folk Healer and Tarot Reader

Mar 1, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Blackburn is the founder of the Magick Circle, in Brownsville, where he offers card readings, cleansings, and spiritual healing. I first learned about folk healing from an elderly woman in my neighborhood named Rita. None of our neighbors in Brownsville liked her much. They called her la bruja. The witch.

Imaginary Friends

Dec 1, 2010 By Oscar Casares

Brownsville’s first federal judge was a legendary figure in my house. So legendary that I never believed my father when he said he knew the man.

Spill Way

Sep 30, 2010 By Michael Lauderdale

When people ask me if cartel violence will find its way into Texas, I tell them it already has—and it’s going to get worse.

The Departed

Mar 31, 2010 By Oscar Casares

They say you can’t go home again—especially when pretty much your entire family has moved away.

Ghosts Of War

Mar 31, 2009 By Gary Cartwright

Happy Texas Independence Day! Read five stories about our state's history, including this piece about the battlegrounds of Texas, which tell an incredible story of struggle, sorrow, triumph, and terror.

Bruce Sterling

Feb 1, 2008 By Mike Shea

The Brownsville native and longtime Austinite has spent most of his adult life contemplating the future: A progenitor of the scruffy cyberpunk fiction movement (he edited the short-story anthology Mirrorshades and co-authored The Difference Engine with William Gibson), he has penned ten sci-fi novels and several works of nonfiction, including…

Out of This World

Apr 1, 1998 By Patricia Sharpe

At the entrance to Las Pozas, the logical, the predictable, and the commonplace evaporate, giving way to one of the most enchanting places on earth.

Elka

Aug 31, 1997 By Erin Gromen

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…