Dining Around McAllen, TX

McAllen restaurants feature a wide variety of food choices to please everyone’s tastes.

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Michael Conti

McAllen diners rejoice! The city has wide variety of restaurants appealing to just about every taste.

17th Street Dining 

Alhambra Restaurant, Bar & Hookah Lounge transports you to a plush Mediterranean oasis, where the food reflects a mix of old world Spanish traditions and contemporary flavors. Try one or more of Alhambra’s hot or cold tapas, tempting main plates or tasty paellas for dinner. Bar tapas, signature drinks and a distinctive hookah menu are among the specialties offered in the lounge. 

If you’re in the mood for a USDA prime steak or succulent seafood, drop by The Patio on Guerra. The Patio also features a delicious selection of appetizers, border favorites, soups, salads and desserts. Dine on the outdoor patio and have a bottle of one of this restaurant’s award-winning wines with your meal. 

Frida’s Grill and Cantina serves up traditional Mexican favorites with modern flavors. Go to Frida’s to enjoy unique culinary dishes, signature drinks and live music on the weekends. 

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Tex-Mex and Mexican 

Step into Costa Messa for classic Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. Costa Messa offers an expansive menu with favorites like botanas to share, as well as chimichangas, fajitas, tacos and combination plates. Be sure to leave room for the tres leches or flan for dessert after your meal. 

Palenque Grill offers authentic Mexican dishes in a bohemian-style atmosphere. The menu features a variety of premium meats, seafood and specialty margaritas. Delia’s is the place to go for homemade tamales. Delia’s specializes in serving this beloved Mexican favorite steaming fresh, made from beef, chicken, pork, beans and more. 

The Republic of Rio Grande serves fine Mexican cuisine in an intimate setting. Order a traditional Mexican dish, like the chicken fajitas or enchiladas suizas, or enjoy a distinctive entree, such as shrimp chipotle pesto pasta or one of The Republic’s brick-oven pizzas.     

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Come and enjoy the flavors of South America at La Pampa Argentinean Steak House. Relax in La Pampa’s elegant, yet casual atmosphere while you dine on classic Argentine-cut steaks, grilled chicken breasts marinated in Chimichurri or traditional de carne empanadas.  

La Recova features a wide selection of Argentine-style favorites. La Recova’s diverse menu includes dishes like chorizo, tuna carnitas, duck confit and churrasco, a classic top sirloin steak.


Claiming “the best sushi in Texas,” Kohnami offers freshly made sushi and sashimi selections, along with other Asian favorites. Kimori features dozens of delicious hand-prepared sushi and sashimi items, along with fresh salads, tempura and teppanyaki.

Yoko’s Sushi Bar serves many traditional dishes such as sushi and nigiri, as well as tasty combinations of beef, chicken or shrimp teriyaki and more. Sakura Japanese Restaurant also serves classic Japanese food. Choose your sushi, tempura and other items from their extensive buffet or order your favorites from the menu. 

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