Bite And Brew

August 3, 2013

The Rio Grande Valley’s Top Restaurants…


According to the August 2013 issue of the Texas Monthly, the Valley’s top four restaurants are…..drumroll

1-     El Divino, McAllen, Texas – Surprise is the typical response when newcomers step into this shopping-center urban bistro and spy the copper-accented bar, where skilled mixologists concoct libations from house-infused spirits and hand-muddled fruit. The Pico Rita is their take on a top-shelf margarita, which packs a punch with its jalapeno-spiked tequila. Pair one of those with the Big Gambino: three double-cut New Zealand lamb lollipops roasted to medium-rare and drizzled with a spicy Chinese-mustard-and honey glaze.


Pico Rita

2-     House Wine, McAllen, Texassoft house music and modern art combine to create a relaxed atmosphere for oenophiles and foodies alike. Pair one of the many international wines with a flatbread pizza, like the Portobello with grilled shrimp and dabs of caprino cheese or the Bee Sting, topped with spicy marinara, salami, red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of local honey. (Featured Photograph)



3-     Blue Onion, McAllen and Weslaco, Texas While the who’s who of north McAllen fills this bustling spot at lunchtime, it’s also a great place for a casual dinner. Start with an order of flatbread, served hot and seared with grill marks, and a dab of one of the fresh dips, such as the lemony hummus with oven-roasted garlic and a hint of smoky paprika. Follow this with Blue’s green Salad or a crispy- crusted pizza, such as the Colorado, topped with roasted red bell pepper sauce, tomatoes, creamy goat cheese, and chicken or shrimp.


4-     The Mutt Hutt, South Padre Island, Texas – With its fifties touches and friendly staff, the Mutt Hutt has something for everyone on its beach-friendly menu.  If a dog is what you desire, try the Labrador, a classic topped with chili and American cheese. Sub sandwiches are another popular choice; we love the Sausage and Pepper Grinder, with sautéed bell peppers, sweet Italian sausage, and marinara. Diners can sit inside downstairs or on the upstairs deck overlooking the Laguna Madre. 

The Labrador

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Tapia - Gonzales
La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" living in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Life, art and culture, poetry, prayers, travel, and camping! yes, that's my new thing. I blame the heat and high humidity for the madness. Contributions and comments are always welcome .


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