Matthew Odam’s South Texas Taco Tour

Tacos at El Ultimo Taco Taqueria in Brownsville. (Credit:

Last April I traveled much of the state (beyond Central Texas) checking out some of the best barbecue Texas had to offer.This year, I’m swinging down to South Texas for a taco tour. I’d call it a Rio Grande Valley Taco Tour, but my trip will take me to Laredo, which is too far northwest to qualify. My trip starts in Brownsville and likely takes me over four days to McAllen, Pharr, Weslaco and Laredo. I say likely because you just never know with trips like this. You visit one spot, hear a story about another and next thing you know, you’re off schedule and you’ve lost the plot. Or, as is often the case, your eyes end being bigger than your stomach. But that’s half the fun. As long as I don’t run out of gasoline and I can find the Houston Astros on the radio, I’ll be OK.

After doing online research, chatting with RGV and Laredo natives and picking the minds of  taco experts like Mando Rayo ( and Kelly Stocker, I’ve come up with a tentative schedule. I’ll report back daily with blogs, photos, videos and more. You can follow along on Twitter (@odam) or Instagram (@matthewodam), and, as always, if you have any must-visit  spots, make sure to drop me an email at, leave a comment on the blog or holler at me on social media.

The best laid plans of mice and men and taco eaters …


Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-Que

Brownsville Coffee Shop 2

El Ultimo Taco Taqeuria

Gourmet Central by Cel

The Vermillion


Centennial Club (McAllen)

Mrs. G’s (McAllen)

Dejarvis (McAllen)

El Rodeo Taco Express (McAllen)

Nana’s Taqueria (Weslaco)

La Calle de Taco (Pharr)


Taco Palenque

Taquitos Ravi 

Lira’s Restaurant

El Metate

La Finca Cocina Mexicana

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