Alamo Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Alamo

April 14, 2018 Myesha Cogley

Alamo, located in the Rio Grande Valley in what is nicknamed the "Land of Two Summers", is a city in the irrigated area of southern Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. Known as "The Refuge to the Valley", it is located in an area of abundant vegetable farming and citrus groves, and it is a noted winter resort/retirement town near the Mexico-U.S. border. Alamo is one of the Rio Grande Valley's gateways to Mexico, via U.S. Route 281 and Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas, as well as gateway to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Alamo's population was 18,353 at the 2010 census and an estimated 19,220 in 2016.
Things to do in Alamo

1. Tower Burger Co

501 E US Highway 83, Alamo, TX 78516-2559 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 956-781-8323
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 42 reviews

Tower Burger Co

Reviewed By Jacquelyn S - Lenexa

Really tasty concoctions. I balk at paying $10 for a burger - can't say that I've ever had one that was worth that price but THESE ARE GOOD HAMBURGERS!

2. Manjar Bakery

923 S Alamo Rd, Alamo, TX 78516-9620 Mexican Breakfast
Excellent
56%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Manjar Bakery

Reviewed By Sarracenia - Norman, Oklahoma

The pastries were pretty good,perhaps even better than some I have bought in bakeries in Mexico. Tamales pretty good, not as big as the ones I have seen in Mexico, but pretty good. On weekends they have barbacoa (a meat dish that is popular in Mexico, especially eaten on weekends). Nice cashier, not sure about her English since we spoke Spanish. I would visit again. They also sell fresh corn tortillas.

3. Dairy Queen

933 W US Highway 83, Alamo, TX 78516-2529 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food +1 956-781-5041
Excellent
48%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
15%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 13 reviews

Reviewed By barbie33356 - Alamo, Texas

Been there for lunch & supper. They usually have a variety on their menu. Than you can't beat the blizzards& their select of sundaes, etc.

4. El Rancho Grande Restaurant

107 N Nebraska Ave, San Juan, TX 78589-3035 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Latin, Spanish Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 956-781-3601
Excellent
44%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

El Rancho Grande Restaurant

Reviewed By Richard S - RGV

My wife and I dropped in at El Rancho Grande Restaurant in San Juan, Texas. We were not super hungry, so we shared a Panchos Mazatlan Plate. The plate was very generously served. Lots of grilled Fajita strips and plenty of cheese and toasted tortilla chips. The Jalapeno and onions can be had on top or on the side. This was a very enjoyable meal. We even had a to go box for the left overs. I would highly recommend this place. It is one of our favorites on our list.

5. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

1610 West Expressway 83, Pharr, TX 78577 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 956-783-1471
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Reviewed By Bernadetteere - Texas

This is a beautiful restaurant. The staff are all very nice and accomodating. The food on the otherhand? My fried shrimp was just supposed to be regular fried shrimp but this was very spicy. It would have been nice if someone had told me about that earlier. At $25. for 12 small and medium sized shrimp it wasn’t cheap either. Hubby got the soft-crab @ 2 for $25. They were very small too; and they’d been flattened beyond recognition. Our server was young and new, we were his first customers, so I didn’t want to upset him, but he got the order wrong and took ages to serve/return.

6. Willie B's Barbeque

1028 W Bowie Ave, Alamo, TX 78516-2780 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 956-702-1370
Excellent
49%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 85 reviews

Willie B's Barbeque

Reviewed By mewillE55 - Byron Center, Michigan

We're from Michigan and we were visiting Bibleville and we went to lunch at this place. We walked in and wow! it smelled good. We walked through the line... Get whatever you want, how you want it...they're really accommodating. I got one of their potatoes which by the way is massive! And I didn't realize it so I also bought a sandwich with barbecue beef and it was huge. So needless to say I had lots of leftover food. The interior isn't real fancy but the food is wonderful. You won't go away hungry and you'll be back!

7. El Manjar Bakery

923 S Alamo Rd, Alamo, TX 78516-9620 +1 956-782-0202
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By ellewlw - Nomad

If this is the same El Manjar bakery that used to be a few more miles south on 907, it is absolutely a required stop for breakfast tacos, tamales, and pan dulce. Cheap, abundant options - and really tasty looking cakes and flan, too!

* I don't know if the breakfast tacos are an option all day, but I've eaten here for lunch and picked up tamales for dinner and ate here at least once or twice a day for several days. I can quit whenever I want. ::shifty eyes::

8. Rudy's

209 W Nolana Loop, Pharr, TX 78577-8347 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 956-781-8888
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Rudy's

We'll set up and serve for one hour, buffet style so you can enjoy your event. All caterings include sliced pickles, onions, jalapenos, fresh bread, Rudy's "sause", plates, plastic cutlery, and napkins. Tea, sweeteners & lemons included. Must be ordered at least one day in advance. Group meals include any combination of Brisket, Turkey, Chopped Meat, Pork Loin, or Sausage and your choice of 3 sides. Includes sliced pickles, onions, jalapenos, fresh bread, Rudy's "sause", plates, plastic cutlery, napkins, tea, sweetners, lemons, cups, and ice. Ask about our Breakfast Tacos.

Reviewed By Robert C - Reading, Pennsylvania

We eat here often. All the choices are good. My wife prefers the half chicken and I like the Turkey. Sausage with Jalapeno I nice and spicy. All the meats are smoked just the right amount. The Rudy's spicy Barbecue sauce is outstanding.

9. El Dorado Restaurant

755 Main St, Alamo, TX 78516-2507 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 956-787-8822
Excellent
31%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 69 reviews

Reviewed By DKMommy - Pennsylvania

The fresh shrimp was good. Most of the people eating there were very old, which may explain the lack of flavor, spice, and salt in the food. They also had American food. I didn't even see a sign on the building. They also serve breakfast.

10. Alamo Restaurant

125 N 9th St, Alamo, TX 78516-3800 +1 956-782-0940
Excellent
30%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Reviewed By yup2469 - Alamo, Texas

AKA "The Pink Restaurant."
Have eaten there several times, and am always happy. I usually have the chicken taco plate, and last time there my friend had a chalupa. We both cleaned our plates, and I would have licked it if I could get away with it!
Service always good, too.
Very noisy there, and the tv is going, too.
There is an extra room to the side for more patrons. Winter Texans come here, too, and they seem to know the employees well, and vice versa.

El Dorado is a popular restaurant a few blocks away, but never had decent food there, so I come here for good local Mexican food.

I know you're full after eating there, but stop at the bakery next door, and get some treats for you and your friends! Pick up a pair of tongs and a plate, and get your pan dulces.
Most Mexican bakeries sell by the pound, like $3.00.

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