I will look forward to what SC has to say. I've only been that far south once, way back in the early 90s. I wasn't a foodie or roadfooder then -- I probably got my guidance from AAA tour books and the ads in the local yellow pages! I spent time in Laredo, the Harlingen/McAllen area (can't even remember for sure which town my motel was in), and South Padre, with a quick pass through the outskirts of Brownsville.
But I enjoyed the trip a lot. I went out through San Antonio, to Castroville, Uvalde, Crystal City (I missed the statue of Popeye),Carrizo Springs, and on down. I loved the vastness of SW Texas and, yes, the desolation and emptiness. I wish I had a ranchito out there to get away to!
But I've wanted to go back for more, especially after reading some of these articles. I'm very limited right now, not as house-bound as I was a few months back, but no way I could travel that far. Hopefully in the future.
Here's one article I've bookmarked on South Texas you may find intriguing. https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/ode-to-the-raspa-my-south-texas-childhood-served-in-a-silo-cup/
This long article from Eater about Tex-Mex mentions a couple of South Texas places, Mrs. G's and El Rodeo Taco Express, both in McAllen, which look Roadfood worthy to me. https://www.eater.com/2018/3/7/17081968/best-food-texas-tex-mex-barbecue
There are pics of a pirata taco and the free chips and salsa bar at a Taco Palenque, a Laredo based counter service chain you may come across in the small towns down there but the author doesn't discuss the chain. There's one here in Houston, near Hobby Airport. It's a darn sight better than Taco Bell, Del Taco or Taco Cabana, IMO.
post edited by BayouCityNosh - 2019/09/18 19:06:47