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10 Food Trucks on 17th Street and More You Have Got to Try in McAllen!

Food Trucks on 17th Street

Are you craving something new? There are plenty of McAllen restaurants, but if you have yet to try any food trucks on 17th street, you are missing out! From the savory tacos at Los Villa Taqueria and Nuevo Leon Express Taquerias to delicious sweet stops and snack shops, there’s something to satisfy every craving.

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The Yard (401 S 17th Street)

Come to The Yard, where diverse food trucks, a spacious bar area, and live music create the perfect summer hangout. This place is family friendly, and also offers a great night scene for those looking to gather in large groups! Th food trucks are seasonal, so you never know what you are going to find next!

McAllen Food Park (10 N Broadway St.)


Treat your taste buds to a fiesta of flavors at our food truck, featuring delicious agua chiles, tostadas, and a variety of authentic Mexican seafood dishes!

Sunday – Thursday 11:30 AM to 9 PM

Friday – Saturday 11:30 AM to 10;30 PM

Taqueria Los Brothers

Spice up your day with our food truck’s mouthwatering street tacos, savory ranchero beans, and generous taco platters, all bursting with authentic Mexican flavors!

Monday – Thursday, 6 PM to 10 PM

Friday – Saturday, 6 PM to 12 AM

Que Chevere

If you’re wondering what Venezuelan cuisine looks like, try some dishes such as the ribeye arepa, cachama, and empanadas!

Sunday – Thursday 11 AM to 2 PM, 6:30 PM to 10 PM

Friday – Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM, 6:30 PM to 11 PM

Fruit-on-Ice Raspados Y Nieve De Yogurt

Cool down and indulge in refreshing Fruit-on-Ice Raspados and creamy cups of perfection!

Monday & Tuesday 6 – 10 PM

Tuesday – Thursday 6 – 11 PM

Friday 4 PM – 12 AM

Sunday 2 PM – 11 PM

Holy Bakery


Monday – Sunday 2 PM – 10 PM

Enjoy the sweet masterpieces at Holy Bakery, and sink your teeth into mini-pancakes, sweet waffles, funnel cakes, delectable churros, and boba!

Tacos El Pebe

1017 N. Main St.

Tuesday – Thursday 12 PM to 11 PM

Friday – Saturday 12 PM to 12 AM

Sunday 12 PM to 10 PM

When the food truck is away from your favorite McAllen events, you can find your favorite tacos, micheladas, taco platters, and quesadillas at their permanent location! Remember to try The Sampler sometime for a bite of every taco combination available!

Los Primos De La Villa

1001 Ash Ave.

Monday, Wednesday, Sunday 11 AM – 9 PM

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11 AM – 10 PM

Get your taste buds dancing with our food truck’s delicious Mexican-inspired hot dogs, cheesy carne asada, and fully loaded-fries!

Nuri Food Truck

401 S 17th Street.

Where Hispanic classics meet Asian inspiration! Find unique and familiar dishes such as Korean fried chicken, carnitas, and kimchi rice!

Los Villa Taqueria

Monday, Wednesday, Sunday 11 AM – 9 PM

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 AM – 10 PM

Feast your eyes on a vibrant menu featuring everything from savory carne asada to zesty al pastor. Stop by for a taste that will transport you to the heart of Mexico!

Nuevo Leon Express Taquerias

2101 W Nolana Ave

Monday – Sunday 4 PM – 3 AM

Get your genuine Mexican street food fix at Nuevo Leon Express Taquerias, serving mouthwatering tacos and more. Enjoy the bold flavors that capture the essence of Nuevo Leon.

Eloteria Food Truck

1004 N Ware Rd.

Monday – Sunday 2 PM – 9 PM

Known as the “corn experts,” enjoy customizing your favorite elote in a cup! Choose yellow or white corn, add the traditional basics, and get creative with your toppings and sauces!

Tacos Mi Ranchito

2000 W Nolana Ave.

Tuesday – Sunday 5 PM – 3 AM

Satisfy your late-night cravings and enjoy a family pack of tacos, filled-to-the-brim papa asadas, sincronizadas, and savory birria!

Diego’s Food Truck

1111 Pecan Blvd.

Wednesday – Sunday, 5 PM to 10 PM

Prepare yourself for a luxury meal; you’ll find amazing burger variations such as lamb burgers, roasted potato fries, bread pudding, lamb chop gnocchi, and more! Expect something new, different, and made with fresh ingredients at Diego’s every time!

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Visit this McAllen Restaurant: Howling Rabbits Beerworks the 2024 Food Madness Winner

McAllen Restaurant

We sat down with Howling Rabbits Beerworks, the winner of the McAllen Food Madness 2024 Championship, an exciting competition where McAllen restaurants vie for the top spot. With their unique offerings and dedication to quality, Howling Rabbits captured the hearts and votes of the community, ultimately taking home the championship title.

Steven Schwoerer, General Manager of this McAllen Restaurant

Steven Schwoerer, General Manager of Howling Rabbits Beerworks, expressed excitement about their McAllen restaurant’s recent victory in the McAllen Food Madness 2024 Championship. Initially, Steven saw their inclusion as a stretch, considering the competition from 32 fine restaurants. However, as they advanced through each round, his excitement grew. “I didn’t mind we were in the 30th place because we had just opened, and it was cool, but once we hit third, we thought, man, we can’t be second, you know? Let’s kick it up a notch and let people be aware!”

Steven’s heartfelt message to voters: “For all those at home who voted, we are just super-appreciative, so we look forward to next year! It’s great to win, but at the end of the day, we want people to come in and have a great time, whether for our food or beer.”

Howling Rabbits is a place for everyone! Steven emphasizes, “We have a lot of families come in after school, people playing hooky (they promise they won’t tell!), and at night, it’s pretty much a mix of people who just want to hang out and enjoy the food that we make. There is a spot for everyone!”

A Peek into the Brewing Process with Andrew Crowe, Head Brewer

Celebrating their first anniversary, Howling Rabbits takes pride in crafting all their beers in-house. Andrew Crowe, the head brewer, shared insights into their rigorous brewing process. “We have seven serving tanks, we can hold forty barrels of beer at a time, and we are fortunate enough that McAllen loves it, and we can make this beer a lot,” he said.

Andrew described the intensive work involved, “Instead of a normal nine-to-five work day, it’s an eighteen-hour work day between us to take care of a normal brew day… it’s a whole process, from milling the grain ourselves to soaking and pouring out the sugars and proteins for the yeast. We clean and pasteurize the beers and become yeast-baby sitters once again.”

As a Level Two Cicerone, Andrew’s expertise shines through his dedication and knowledge. “We always have seven beers on tap, a seasonal one, big and small batches. Just like a chef, if you make the same thing every day, you’ll want to get creative one day,” he said. One of their seasonal drinks to try now is Blood-Orange Democracy, a clean American Wheat, perfect for this weather.

You can enjoy it with good food and friends, all in the comfort of a year-round, all-season patio. Avoid the sweltering heat and enjoy the outdoor scene at Howling Rabbits for yourself!

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Porky Mac Pizza

Culinary Delights with Chef Eric Bieberbach

Chef Eric Bieberbach highlighted some of the standout dishes at this McAllen restaurant, such as the Corn Potachos—nachos but better! “Our signature street corn dip on top of a bed of fresh-fried potato chips is one of the best ways to have street corn. This plate is creamier, a comfort food, and perfect for dipping!” Another favorite is the Porky Mac Pizza, which combines creamy Alfredo, mozzarella, mac & cheese, pork carnitas, and BBQ sauce.

Chef Eric’s commitment to freshness is evident in every dish. “If something can be made daily, then I want to make it daily…but what I found is…when you are frying your chips fresh, and prepping your carnitas daily when you hand-stretch your pizza dough daily, it just gives us an edge…everything made daily as often as possible.”

He also expressed gratitude to the voters: “As a chef, you don’t always get to hear feedback from customers, so seeing that many people came out and supported Howling Rabbits, even everyone in our kitchen was excited to hear about it. I look forward to improving things, and to anyone who has not tried the other competitors or us yet, you have to try. It is everyone putting their heart and soul into these dishes.”

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Corn Potachos

Last Call Recommendations

  • Steven highlights any beer and pizza combination as a huge crowd favorite!
  • Andrew recommends the chicken tenders and Eleven Rabbits in a Trench Coat, one of their many IPA series.
  • Chef Eric suggests trying a frozen Picadilly and a loaded pretzel, a soft pretzel combined with charcuterie board elements.

What’s Next?

Exciting new offerings are coming to Howling Rabbits! Stop by in June to enjoy the latest Game of Thrones-themed launch with the Waterdragon Sour, combining watermelon and dragonfruit flavors. Andrew Crowe mentioned, “It’s a fun seasonal drink…and these two fruits are a great combination.” Plus, you can now take home 32 oz—growlers, with plans to offer your favorite beers in packs soon.

Visit the McAllen restaurant Howling Rabbits Beerworks to enjoy their award-winning food, house-made beers, and welcoming atmosphere. Congratulations to the team for their well-deserved victory in the McAllen Food Madness 2024 Championship!


7 Ice Cream McAllen Restaurants to Try As Soon as Popsicle


*All photos courtesy of respective McAllen businesses.

Cool down this summer with spontaneous trip to your favorite ice cream spot. If you love looking for new places like we do, we highly recommend trying some of these classic and newer ice cream McAllen restaurants.

Classic Ice cream

Joes 52 Flavors *photo courtesy of Facebook


It’s all in the name for this Ice Cream Parlor! Try a different flavor each time – Huckleberry, Spumoni, Cactus Pearfection!


(956) 686-6394

2602 N 10th St.


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Yummy’s Ice Cream and Mini Donuts *photo courtesy of Facebook

Yummy’s provides the ultimate comfort dessert shop with treats like ice cream n’ donuts, and waffles!


(956) 304 – 1381

705 S 10th St. Suite. A


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Forever Ice Cream *photo courtesy of Facebook

Paletas, ice cream cones, and raspas are just a few of the treats you can enjoy this summer!


(956) 627 – 2348

6421 N 10th St. Suite 180


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Raspas and Snow Cones

Philly’s Italian Water Ice *photo courtesy of Facebook

Different from a raspa, this Italian water ice stand is out of this world! Try the Water Ice Gelati, a local fave.


(956) 261-5000

4350 Tres Lagos Blvd.


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Raspadin *photo courtesy of Facebook

Raspadin is you go-to for luxe raspas, insta-worthy treats, and savory snacks!


(956) 662-9061

2309 Galveston Ave.


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Paleterias N’ More

Ice Cubed McAllen *photo courtesy of Facebook

If you are craving the ultimate Mexican street eats, this spot has you covered!


(9560 800-4406

6101 N 23rd St Suite K


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Yelateria™ *photo courtesy of Facebook

Frappes, cocktails, raspas, and all the chamoy creations you could want are found at Yelateria!


(956) 618 – 3815

3503 N Ware Rd.


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Paleteria  La Chula Michoacana *photo courtesy of Facebook

If you are craving something beyond chamoy, try this McAllen restaurants tropical flavors like coconut, aloe vera, avocado, and cucumber and lime!


(956) 467 – 9831

100 S. Main St.


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Hela 2 Ice *photo courtesy of Facebook

If you are craving crunchy munchies, a paleta, or a chamango, this is your next stop!


(956) 322-3538

4800 S. 23rd Suite 4


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Try New McAllen Restaurants

There are a LOT of choices when it comes to restaurants in McAllen. From main chains to popular local spots, we have a great food scene here! Check out more McAllen restaurants here!

Discover Fun Things to Do in McAllen: Crafting and DIY Workshop

Fun Things to Do in McAllen

Whether you have budding young artists, curious little crafters, or you’re simply looking for a fun family weekend activity, our city provides fun things to do in McAllen, and a variety of hands-on experiences that will inspire creativity and bring your family closer together.

Ignite your passion for crafting and explore the best DIY activities McAllen has to offer, through our community centers! Get ready to unleash your inner artist!

Lark Community Center

2601 Lark Ave

Lark Knitting Group

Tuesdays 2:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Looking for a chance to try loom knitting and crocheting? Come and check out these classes happening at the Lark Community Center! Fun for ages 16+, perfect for your kids and your family!

Lark Branch Library

2601 Lark Ave

Creative Mornings

Mondays all-day

If your looking at a chance to participate in crafting and all things creative, then this is a great workshop for you and your kids! This workshop is welcome for all families and all kinds of ages!

Painting with Susie

Mondays 11 AM to 12 PM

Check out the chance to paint with your elders and adults! Enjoy a relaxing and wonderful time learning new painting techniques in the process!

Crafty Kids

Tuesdays 6 PM – 7 PM

Embark on a fantastic adventure of crafts and creativity with your little ones at the Lark Branch Library’s exciting workshop! Join us for a whirlwind of fun activities that will spark imagination and create unforgettable memories

Tween Scene: Air Dry Clay

Thursdays 6 PM – 8 PM

Calling all tweens! Dive into the fun at Tween Scene: Air Dry Clay workshop! It’s the ultimate chance for your kids, ages 11-18, to get hands-on and explore the world of clay crafting!

Las Palmas Community Center

3401 Jordan Ave

Canvas and Coffee

Saturdays – June 29th, July 13th, August 10th

Indulge in creativity while sipping on delicious coffee at Canvas and Coffee! Join us for a painting session where you can unleash your inner artist, open to ages 16 and above!

End Your Crafting Session with a Good Meal

From cozy cafes to trendy eateries and everything in between, our city boasts a diverse food scene that caters to every palate. Whether you’re in the mood for authentic Tex-Mex cuisine, savory barbecue, international flavors, or farm-to-table fare, McAllen has something to satisfy every craving.

Check out some popular spots!

Fun Things to Do in McAllen

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6 McAllen Restaurants Perfect For Midnight Munchies

McAllen Restaurants

Having a bad case of the midnight munchies? McAllen restaurants are always buzzing with and are always serving food – to satisfy your midnight cravings!

Yard House

Photo courtesy of Instagram

Yard House

2200 S 10th St

Sunday – Thursday 11 AM to 12 AM

Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 1:20 AM

Yard House is a great place to hang out with friends while eating some all-time American favorites! Get draft beers with your friends and munch on a Yard House burger!

España Nouveau Mediterranean

Photo courtesy of Instagram.

España Nouveau Mediterranean

701 N Main St

Tuesday – Thursday 5 PM to 11 PM

Friday – Saturday 5 PM to 1 AM

Live music and great drinks will set the perfect atmosphere for your midnight cravings. You can find amazing gourmet dishes such as gourmet pizza and hand-crafted drinks!

PRIME Steak and Seafood

Photo courtesy of Instagram.

PRIME Steak and Seafood

3400 W Expy 83 Suite 140

Monday – Thursday 4:30 PM to 12 AM

Friday 4:30 PM to 2 AM

Saturday 2 PM to 2 AM

There’s nothing more satisfying than steak and seafood! Here at Prime, you can find a great atmosphere, mouthwatering steak dishes like the steak and shrimp platter, and some great drinks to go with it!

Suerte Bar and Grill

Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Suerte Bar and Grill

400 W Nolana Ave

Monday – Sunday 12 PM to 2 AM

Need tacos in the middle of the night? Try Suerte Bar and Grill, where you can get your street tacos, ice cold margaritas, while also enjoying live music and dancing!

The Quarter New Orleans Style Kitchen

The Quarter New Orleans Style Kitchen

100 E Nolana Ave Suite 155

Monday 12 PM to 10 PM

Tuesday – Saturday 12 PM to 2 AM

Sunday 11:30 AM to 10 PM

Get your New Orleans-inspired dishes to satisfy your cajun cravings! Get deals like smash burgers and beer combos with your friends and have a blast while enjoying a great relaxing atmosphere.

‘76 Bar and Kitchen

‘76 Bar and Kitchen

400 W Nolana Ave Suite s&t

Tuesday – Sunday 5 PM to 2 AM

Enjoy a social spot for games and a new take on bar food! Enjoy fresh cocktails and great foods like 39-cent tacos with your favorite margaritas!

Visit these McAllen Restaurants!

Are you craving a midnight snack or a late-night feast? Follow us on TikTok for the best spots that keep McAllen buzzing well into the night!

10 Delightful McAllen Restaurants to Spoil Mom This Mother’s Day

McAllen Restaurants

If you’re looking for a great place to treat Mom with, then look no further than these McAllen restaurants!

Casa Madre Brunch & Grill

Photo courtesy of Instagram

Casa Madre Brunch & Grill

2200 S 10th St

Sunday – Thursday 8 AM to 10 PM

Friday & Saturday 9 AM to 12 AM

Enjoy the cool evening at the outdoor section of Casa Madre Brunch & Grill, and enjoy wonderful eats, such as the fiery Molcajetes, Mexican dish classics, and yummy cocktails!

Bodega Tavern & Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Instagram

Bodega Tavern & Kitchen

2901 N 10th St

Tuesday – Thursday 12 PM to 10 PM

Friday – Saturday 12 PM to 11 PM

RGV-inspired dishes, outdoor seating and great drinks to spice up your time with mom!

SALT New American Table

Photo courtesy of Instagram

SALT New American Table

210 N Main St

Monday – Saturday 5 PM to 10 PM

American dishes with a twist! Surprise your mom this mothers’ day with great desserts, find drinks, and fine dining!

El Divino Dining & Cocktails

El Divino Dining & Cocktails

5501 N 10th St

Tuesday – Thursday 5 PM to 10 PM

Friday – Saturday 5 PM to 1 AM

Your mother deserves the best this Mother’ day. El Divino is serving up great seafood dishes, signature cocktails, and a magnificent atmosphere that is perfect for a fine dining experience!

House Wine & Bistro

1117 US-Bus 83

Monday – Saturday 11:30 AM to 10 PM

Looking for more dinner options for your mother in mothers’s Day? Check out House Wine and Bistro for vegan options and great wines!

Santa Fe Steakhouse & Cantina

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Santa Fe Steakhouse & Cantina

1918 S 10th St

Monday – Saturday 5 PM to 10 PM

This restaurant is a great place for moms this mothers’ day! Enjoy live music and sink your teeth into a variety of steaks, seafood, and sizzling desserts!



920 N Main St Suite 160

Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM

Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM

For all the brunch fans out there, nothing is quite like treating mom to Bonhomia! Sip on yummy cocktails, wonderful and tasty desserts, and a great selection of vegan dishes also! Reserve your seat today!

Photo courtesy of instagram

Birdie Bistro

301 N Main St suite 2

Monday – Saturday 8:30 AM to 9 PM

Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM

Surprise your mother this Mother’ day with a perfect brunch at Birdie Bistro! You’ll find vegan dishes, dinner classics, and brunch selections perfect for Mom.

Maison Stivalet

5101 N. 10th St.

Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM

Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM

Indulge in a truly memorable Mother’s Day celebration at Maison Stivalet, where every dish is crafted with french-inspiration, love and care, ensuring a dining experience mom will cherish.

La Casa de la Abuela

3300 W. Expressway 83 Ste. 130

Monday – Thursday 8 AM to 9 PM

Friday & Saturday 8 AM to 10 PM

Sunday 8 AM to 9 PM

Treat the remarkable women in your life to an exquisite Mother’s Day experience at La Casa de la Abuela, where flavors dance on your palate and the ambiance whispers tales of love and appreciation.

Treat Mom to New McAllen Restaurants

This is a growing list, so be sure to reach find even more McAllen restaurants on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter if we left anything out!

Restaurants in McAllen: The Best BBQ Joints

Restaurants in McAllen

Embark on a flavorful journey through McAllen’s culinary scene as we uncover the smoky secrets and tantalizing tastes of the city’s best BBQ restaurants in McAllen.

True Texas BBQ

True Texas BBQ

901 Trenton Rd

Monday – Sunday 11 AM to 9 PM 

Great smoked in-house barbecue cultivated by Texas standards. Here you can find great sandwiches and amazing sides to go with your barbeque sandwiches for on-the-go or delivery! 

Photo courtesy of Instagram

Lone Star Bar-B-Q

3619 N 10th St

Monday – Saturday 11 AM to 8:30 PM

All of your favorite barbecue comfort foods all in one place! Get great quantities of your favorite barbecue or platters to satisfy your cravings! Dine in with your friends and family and check out their amazing dishes. 

Billy’s BBQ

2018 W Nolana Ave.

Monday – Saturday 11 AM – 8 PM

Indulge your taste buds and ignite your senses with the mouthwatering flavors of Billy’s BBQ – where every bite is a journey worth savoring, and with good prices!

Aces BBQ 

111 E Nolana Ave

Monday – Thursday 11 AM to 9 PM

Friday & Saturday 11 AM to 12 AM

Savor the winning combination of mouthwatering BBQ delights and thrilling sports action at Aces BBQ, where every bite is as exciting as the game! 

Bar-B-Cutie SmokeHouse

Bar-B-Cutie SmokeHouse

7517 N 10th St.

Sunday – Tuesday 11 AM to 8 PM 

Wednesday – Saturday 11 AM to 9 PM 

Get your standard barbecue options at Bar-B-Cuties! Bring your kids and family and enjoy a unique selection of kids options and other amazing barbecue sides to go with your meal! 

Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Ramos BBQ & Catering 

10801 N 10th

Monday – Saturday 11 AM to 8 PM

Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM

Experience the ultimate game day feast at Ramos BBQ & Catering, where the sizzle of fajitas, the richness of burritos, and the savory goodness of beef and pork ribs, paired with specialty jumbo stuffed potatoes, create an unbeatable dining experience amidst outdoor seating and thrilling sports!

Black Diamond BBQ

Black Diamond BBQ

104 N Bicentennial Blvd

Monday – Friday 11 AM to 7 PM 

Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM 

Find a vast variety of BBQ favorites along with other BBQ selections that your whole family will love! Host an event or order catering, Black Diamond will always satisfy your BBQ cravings! 

Photo courtesy of Facebook

Enjoying These Great Restaurants in McAllen? Show Us Your Finds on Our Socials!

If you love the great city of McAllen, then show us your favorite fan photos on our social media! View and show us your point of view on local events, food photos, and local businesses on our Facebook, Instagram, and online! 

Shopping in McAllen: Best Local Thrift Spots

Shopping in McAllen

Find great options shopping in McAllen at your local thrift stores! Check out these stores and see lots of great deals and great finds all in the city of McAllen!

The Unique Thrift

8301 S 23rd St.

Thursday – Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM

Step into The Unique Thrift for a treasure trove of timeless fashion finds that breathe new life into every wardrobe. Don’t miss out on our Saturday market either, where eclectic delights await! Join us in celebrating individual style and sustainability

Thrift City McAllen

924 US 83 Bus

Monday – Saturday 9 AM to 8 PM

Sunday 11 AM to 7 PM 

Find clothes items and grand household items at Thrift City! Enjoy pricing up to half-off on selected items as well! Whether you’re    just browsing or looking for things to buy, Thrift City has plenty of things to look at!

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Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Texas Thrift Store

200 Ash Ave W

Monday – Saturday 9 AM to 9 PM

Sunday 11 AM to 7 PM

Find amazing deals, great items, and other discounted finds all at the Texas Thrift Store! Here you’ll find a vast selection of discounted items from bags, shoes, and plus sizes. See for yourself and check out their amazing daily deals! 

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Photo courtesy of Facebook.

R&N Thrift Store

2209 US Bus 83

Monday – Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM

If you’re looking for great deals on home items and furniture, household items, and clothes then come and check out these great deals at R&N!

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Photo courtesy of Instagram.

Exclusive Thrift

1615 N 10th St

Monday – Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM

Great selections of jewelry, trendy clothes, and other items only at Exclusive Thrift! Fin affordable prices and many good quality items. Popular brands in stock.

Towers Thrift Shop

123 E Nolana Ave

Monday, Friday & Saturday 1 to 8 PM

Sunday 1:30 PM – 7 PM

From vintage delights to modern marvels, every item carries its own narrative, promising a shopping experience filled with good finds!

Roots Lifestyle Boutique

1214 N Main St. 

Thursday – Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM

Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM

Discover the essence of style at Roots Lifestyle Boutique, where every visit unveils a world of unique treasures. From one-of-a-kind vintage garments to modern apparel, captivating jewelry, and enchanting home decor, each piece tells its own story. Embrace the art of self-expression and adorn your life with timeless charm and character.

Treasure Bins Thrift Store

1515 Beaumont Ave.

Monday – Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM

Find a treasure trove at Treasure Bins Thrift Store, where affordability meets quality in every aisle. From vintage tees to coveted designer labels, discover your perfect find at unbeatable prices,

Shopping in McAllen

Discover the endless possibilities of shopping in McAllen today—where every storefront holds a new adventure and every purchase supports our vibrant community. Come explore McAllen stores, indulge, and make memories that last a lifetime.

Performances in McAllen You Don’t Want to Miss!

McAllen events

Save the dates for these upcoming events in McAllen! Make sure to purchase your tickets to these upcoming performances at the McAllen Performing Arts Center and the McAllen Convention Center. Stay updated on everything or submit your events to our event calendar. 


April 7th

A Golden Celebration of 50 Years of Music

Celebrate over 50 years of music with the McAllen Wind Ensemble. Hear marvelous pieces of music performed by the ensemble that have stood out amongst the generations! Find tickets here!


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April 12th-14th


Palm City Tattoo Expo 2024

Calling all tattoo lovers alike! Check out this trending tattoo expo at the McAllen Convention Center, where you can explore different tattoo vendors and their businesses from all over the region! Find tickets here!

McAllen event

April 19th

Spellbound Symphony with VSO

Enjoy the spring season of the Valley Symphony Orchestra Season, with the captivating Spellbound Symphony. Featuring music from the Scheherazade music. Catch this performance at the McAllen Performing Arts center and purchase your tickets. 

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April 20th

Mario Aguilar

Are you looking for a good time with friends and family? Join a night of laughs and see the famous comedy sensation Mario Aguilar and friends at the Ojo De Loca No Se Equivoca show! Find tickets here!


April 24th

World Ballet Series: Swan Lake with Live Orchestra

If you’ve never seen a live performance of Swan Lake, now’s the chance to see this adaptation come to life with a live orchestra! Take advantage of a magical evening at the McAllen Convention Center!  Find tickets here!


April 27th-28th

Addams Family presented by All-Star Theatre

They are the splendid and spooky family down the street – see The Addams Family live-action, by the All Star Theatre. Take advantage of a spooktacular event like this and grab your ticket here


Events Happening in May!

Here are a few events happening. Be sure to check out these up-and-coming events at the Mcallen Convention Center soon! 

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May 3rd, 4th & 5th

MXLAN Festival

MXLAN Festival is back with music, art performances, and more! Information is yet to be released, but you can follow us on instagram for details! 


May 11th

Midland up in Texas Tour

Grab your favorite gal and get-up for a night of country best! Midland is here performing for their Texas Tour!  Find tickets here!


May 15th

Mon Laferte Autpoetica Tour

Looking for a chance to experience Mexican music with a bit of flare? Come and check out Mon Laferte on her Autopoetica Tour. Find tickets here!


May 16th 

Reik Panorama Tour

Enjoy a chance to experience great music and live performances during this Reik Panorama Tour! Find tickets here!


May 21st & May 22nd  

Baby Shark’s Big Broadwave Tour

Come and bring your kids to see Baby Shark LIVE! where you can experience baby shark and friends with your loved ones. Find tickets here!


May 25th

Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon

Come and check out Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon live and in concert only at the McAllen Performing Arts Center! See a live banda to jam out with your friends and family!


Enjoy Even More McAllen Events

If you love the City of McAllen, show us your favorite fan photos on our social media! Also, share your point of view on local events, food photos, and local businesses on our Facebook, Instagram, and online! 


Your Next McAllen Restaurant to Try: El Chin Chin

McAllen restaurant El chin chin fish

Today, we’re setting sail on a culinary voyage unlike any other as we explore the vibrant world of El Chin Chin, nestled at 1303 N. 10th St. McAllen,Tx. Prepare to embark on an adventure filled with tantalizing tastes, rich history, and a crew of characters that will capture your imagination.


Watch the ENTIRE REEL here!


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Legend has it nobody knows his real name; we only know that El Chin Chin is the man everyone wants to be. They say that his pirate ship was lost during one of his trips during a hurricane. People asked him not to go out on his daily expedition, but he refused. After two nights of wandering, he found a small island and went to McAllen, TX, to find trustworthy cronies! To his surprise, he discovered they were half human and half fish! He was never alone again, accompanied by his faithful “Siempre Frescos” crew!

The story of El Chin Chin contines with Juan Garza, hailing from the coastal town of Tampico, Mexico, along with his dedicated partners. Their vision was simple yet profound: to create a welcoming space where food lovers of all ages could come together, share stories, and savor exquisite dishes from the sea. Garza says, “We are not just for one exclusive market – if you want to share, or only come for a drink, or even isolate from work, that is the whole point, that it is a place for everybody.”

Garza shares, “The inspiration behind El Chin Chin is that we are foodies at heart. We wanted to create a place where everyone feels at home, whether morning, noon, or night. Our doors are open to all—from kids enjoying a meal with their families to seasoned veterans looking for a place to unwind.”

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More About the Food

Drawing inspiration from the abundance of seafood in the region, Garza and his team set out to offer a unique twist on coastal cuisine. The result? A menu that celebrates the flavors of the Pacific side of Mexico, with a nod to the culinary treasures of Rivera Maya. Garza noticed the valley’s craving for seafood, and thus, El Chin Chin was born to fulfill that desire while bringing something fresh and innovative to the table. Their menu boasts classics with a distinct Pacific flair that sets them apart:

  • Tacos
  • Tostadas
  • Cocktails
  • Agua chiles

Head Chef Huichol is the mastermind behind the culinary creations at El Chin Chin, infusing each dish with unexpected flavors and textures. One of his standout creations is the “Camatún” tostada, a delightful fusion of shrimp and tuna that has become a house favorite. You can expect something new each week and season.

But it’s not just about the food at El Chin Chin – the drinks are equally exceptional. Crafted by a skilled mixologist, each cocktail is designed to complement the flavors of the cuisine. Take, for example:

  • The signature drink Firma de Sangre, a mezcal concoction inspired by the rituals of pirates past.
  • The specialty champagne of the house at El Chin Chin is the beloved Caguama, served in an iced champagne bucket. That way, you can share at the table.

More About the Vibe

Another goal of the restaurant was to incorporate the legend of El Chin Chin into every part of the restaurant, from the menu and cocktail names to the open-airy windows that match the feeling of being at sea. Even the brick styling was intentionally brought over from Guadalajara, Mexico, to represent windows in a ship, but to guests, it reminds them more of seashells. El Chin Chin has created a tropical ambiance that matches their motto—Frescos de Mar.

El Chin Chin’s commitment to the community sets It apart. Every ingredient is sourced locally, ensuring the freshest flavors and supporting local businesses. Whether partnering with a nearby greenhouse or collaborating with local artist Carlos Guerrero, El Chin Chin is deeply rooted in its surroundings.

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As you explore the restaurant, you’ll encounter a cast of characters from the seafaring tale.

  • The legendary El Rey Fresco
  • The queen of the house Perlita
  • The salty and savory Calambrillo
  • The big-hearted singer El Trovaloco
  • The spirited Los Hermano Malacopa

These characters, brought to life by local artist Carlos Guerrero, adorn the walls and give the space a sense of identity.

So, come aboard and join this culinary adventure with El Chin Chin. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a landlubber looking to explore new horizons, there’s something for everyone at this seaside haven. As Garza wisely puts it, “Our mantra is ‘Fresco de Mar’ – everything is fresh, from our ingredients to our experiences. Quality first, always.”