Watch: Matthew Odam’s South Texas Taco Tour: Brownsville

Barbacoa taco at Tacos d’ Mareclo. (Matthew Odam AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

I told you in my intro that things on trips like these don’t always turn out the way you plan them. But it still helps to have a plan. I intended to visit  Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-QueEl Ultimo Taco TaqeuriaGourmet Central by Cel, Brownsville Coffee Shop 2, and The Vermillion. One out of five ain’t bad. I still made it to four places, had one of the best sweetbread tacos I’ve ever had, even after the Spanish-speaking lady at the counter did all she could to warn the tourist what mollejas were. As for those I intended to visit? One was closed, two of them had gotten such mixed and lukewarm reviews (even from the mayor) that I figured I best steer clear, and one just fell by the wayside. So, where did I go? Check out the video below. For Thursday I’m eyeing Super Cream in Brownsville before hitting Nana’s Taqueria and Orale’s in Weslaco on my way to McAllen to visit Ms.G’s, Dejarvis and El Rodeo.

Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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