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Foodies' Itinerary

Day One-

Start your day with a satisfying breakfast that will keep you amped up to explore all that McAllen has to offer. For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll be very satisfied with a stop off at Shipley's Do-nuts - a Texas tradition. It’s a great choice to accompany a morning cup of Joe. McAllen also has fabulous local coffee houses. Give Luna Coffee House, Coffee Zone, Reserva Coffee Roasters and Balanced Brew a try.

Hunt down some interesting gourmet items at Sprouts, Feldman's or Holiday Wine & Liquor to find a treasure trove of food & beverage temptations. Feeling adventurous? Then visit Ruben's Specialty Grocery Store. What started as a neighborhood grocery store 46 years ago now extends goods from the Rio Grande Valley & all reaches of the globe to its customers! This store has been featured on “Texas Bucket List” and will not disappoint.

Visit our three wonderful farmer’s markets if you are staying over a weekend. From 9am-12pm Saturdays, you’ll collect a bounty of fresh organic produce, enjoy cooking demos, and speak with Master Gardners at Growing Growers Farmers Market at Fireman's Park. Or head on over to McAllen’s beautiful Main Branch Library where you’ll find The McAllen Farmer's Market open every Saturday from 10am-1pm staged outdoors adjacent to the building. Enjoy locally grown produce, jams, cheeses, honey and artisan breads. Local crafts, essential oils and soaps are a few of the many specialty items available for purchase. And up north near Texas A&M Campus in the Tres Lagos neighborhood, you’ll find McAllen’s newest Farmer's Market, with not only food, but also handmade soaps and crafts.

Try one of Delia's Tamales locations for authentic South Texas tamales. It’s a local legend in the Rio Grande Valley. Delia began her business 29 years ago selling tamales door to door. If fusion is more your food game, McAllen has some very noteworthy options such as Boka 400, Dragon Warrior Noodle, Nuri or Motoramen. Each offers global gourmet entrees with a South Texas flair.

Day 2-

Start with a hardy South Texas style breakfast at one of Zamora's Mexican Restaurant locations. It’s a quaint family style “hot spot” with the locals. Portions and flavor are plentiful. Wanting a more upscale experience in a historic setting? Then try The Spanish Room at Renaissance Casa de Palmas which showcases the indigenous flavors of South Texas and Mexican Cuisines in a beautiful setting.

If you’re seeking vegan offerings, pay a visit to Foodamed or Prasad. Both locations specialize in fresh and locally sourced gourmet fair.

Delicious Bistro Style lunch & dinner specialties are served up at Birdie Bistro, The Republic of the Rio Grande and Bodega Tavern & Kitchen. Birdie Bistro specializes in French style food and baked goods, while The Republic of Rio Grande Valley is South Texas gourmet. Bodega Tavern & Kitchen specializes in house cured & smoked meats and innovative cocktails. Palenque Grill offers both traditional and original Latin American menu offerings while Taco Palenque is a Mexican Fast Food restaurant chain renowned for its diverse salsa and toppings bar.

Don’t miss checking out the varied offerings at McAllen's Food Park. You’ll enjoy local, regional, and global food specialties. Often the park hosts special events-Karoke Nights, Crafter’s Fair, etc. If you’re more of a craft beer aficionado, enjoy food and drink at Grain to Glass, Craft House Table & Bar, or The Yard House.

Salt New American Table and House.Wine.& Bistro are two of our finest local establishments. House.Wine.& Bistro offers 130 wines by the glass or bottle and delectable flatbreads, small plates, pastas, and delicious desserts. Salt New American Table uniquely creates global gastronomy to frame locally sourced produce and meats with South Texas influences.

Indulge yourself at Texas de Brazil. This upscale Brazilian eatery specializes in grilled meat carved and served table-side. Or spend the evening on the enchanting patio at Santa Fe Steak House & Cantina. Santa Fe offers the Valley’s most extensive wine list (over 600) and a broad menu of offerings in addition to the grilled-to-perfection steak entrees it is best known for.

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