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Welcome to McAllen Convenon Center District Connect with McAllen Healthy Eang Eateries: Restaurant Directory Food Park Play Like a Local Seven Great Green Spaces Always in Season: Game Time Shop Like a Local Shopping Guide Create Like a Local Explore Like a Local Arts & Culture Indulge Like a Local: Entertainment A Night Out: Nightlife Lisngs Hotel Directory Event Calendar

Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved. The McAllen Visitors Guide is published by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convenon and Visitors Bureau. 6


welcome to mcallen

A Message from Mayor Jim Darling As Mayor of the City of McAllen and on behalf of my colleagues on the City Commission and cizens of our City, I invite you to visit and explore McAllen. McAllen is a thriving community that remains one of the fastest growing cies in the naon. Our connued focus on quality of life projects such as our Art & Entertainment Districts is what sets us apart. Enjoy one of our wonderful community events such as Art Walk, Music Aer Hours, Sunset Sessions, Movies at the Park, and visit one of our Farmer’s Markets for some homegrown speciales. McAllen also offers plenty of green space for visitors and cizens to enjoy year round. The addion of the McAllen Sports Park and other first­class facilies has posioned McAllen to be one of the premier sports desnaons in Texas, and our geographic locaon makes McAllen the ideal locaon for internaonal tournaments. Wildlife watching opportunies are abundant, and unparalleled, here in the McAllen area. Be sure to visit our World Birding Center Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Nature Park, and Town Lake at Fireman’s Park, all within our city limits. What really sets our city apart is our people. McAllen’s hospitality is unmatched, and we are delighted to share our story with you. Don’t be shy to ask a local where the best Mexican food is in town, or the top spot to listen to live music. We’re all here to make your McAllen experience a memorable one. ­ Jim Darling, Mayor of McAllen

Mayor’s Must See What is the one thing a visitor needs to see in McAllen? Quinta Mazatlan. What’s your favorite outdoor space in McAllen? Town Lake at Firemen’s Park. What’s your favorite restaurant in McAllen? Too many great restaurants to menon, really. We have great sushi, Mexican, steakhouses, bistros and Italian­Mediterranean. 8


convenon center district McAllen Convenon Center The McAllen Convenon Center specializes in making every event memorable and ensuring every detail of an event is perfectly executed. In addion to meeng the clear­cut needs of today’s event planners, the Center offers affordability, accessibility, and convenience. The 18.5­acre complex features a 60,000 sq. . column­free exhibit hall and more than 26,000 sq. . of flexible meeng space. The Center also features Centerplate as the exclusive in­house caterer, advanced audio­visual soluons, complimentary Wi­Fi and free parking. / McAllenConvenonCenter

Oval Park The heart of McAllen’s Convenon Center district is its palm­tree lined 2.4 acre Oval Park, which features nave trees and pergolas as well as a lively water fountain that feeds into its impressive reflecve pond. The park is home to fesvals and concerts, including a free concert series and McAllen’s annual fesval, Palm Fest.

Shopping & Dining Palms Crossing is one of McAllen’s premier shopping desnaons, featuring 23 retail shops and 20 restaurants. The Shops at 29th, located adjacent to the Conven­ on Center is currently under construcon and will feature a mix of shopping, dining, and retail, including Burlington Coat Factory, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, and Dave & Buster’s, which is slated to open in the Spring of 2017. 10


Aracons McAllen B­Cycle McAllen is one of the five Texas cies with a B­cycle bike share program. There are two B­Cycle docks at the Convenon Center District. Performing Arts Center The McAllen PAC is another signature facility in the city and hosts everything from Broadway shows to local recitals. The 1,800­seat entertainment venue opened its doors to patrons in November 2016. Veterans War Memorial Veterans War Memorial of Texas honors Texas veterans who lost their lives serving and protecng our country’s freedom. The beaufully landscaped 5­acre site features the soldiers’ names etched on granite walls.

Hotels Embassy Suites McAllen Convenon Center 150 rooms, full­service hotel, 12,000 sq. . of meeng space, 10 break­out rooms La Quinta Inn & Suites McAllen Convenon Center 114 rooms, full breakfast, full bar Cambria Suites 121 rooms, full­service hotel Home2 by Hilton 99 rooms, extended­stay amenies

Visit McAllen Convenons with culture are happening in McAllen. Our team of experts are ready to inspire you next event with our unmatched, personalized service and first­class hospitality. To find out about our incenve program or to submit an RFP, contact us at visitmcallen.com or call 956­682­2871

McAllen Car Fest Classic cars to Corvees, low riders to exoc imports, the annual McAllen Car Fest draws thousands of car enthusiasts to the McAllen Convenon Center. mcallencarfest.com 11


connect with mcallen When it comes to connecvity, not all cies are created equal The City of McAllen is one of the Wifi­friendliest cies in Texas. Stream music, make dinner reservaons, or buy movie ckets from your smartphone or tablet as McAllen offers high­speed, password­free connecvity for public use in these designated hot spots throughout the city. • • • • • • •

Downtown Convenon Center District McAllen Public Library Municipal Park Archer Park Los Encinos Park Transit and Airport Terminals

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healthy eang 4 Places to Eat Healthier in McAllen by Nine To Five Guy McAllen is known for having some of the best Mexican food in country, and while we take pride in our rich culinary culture, we’ve also embraced the healthy eang lifestyle. The shi to dining at health conscious eateries is a trend that shows no signs of slowing, so in an effort to help you recover from your latest burger binge, I’ve uncovered 4 of the best places to eat healthier in McAllen. Fresh & Tasty 123 Nolana Ave Fresh & Tasty isn’t reinvenng the wheel with its salad bar concept; it’s just mastering it. Since opening November 2015, this eat healthy, feel great place has consistently delivered perfectly sized porons of prepared salads and gourmet sandwiches. Fresh & Tasty is the go­to lunch spot for the health­ conscious eater. You can order in advance, take it to go or sit and enjoy a balanced diet of protein and veggies in its well­lit dining area. 14


Fit­Fillet 1701 Dove Ave Leading the healthy­eang charge is Fit­Fillet. It has all the elements of a healthy­dining restaurant in one. You can dine in or purchase prepped meals if you’re on the run. Fit­Fillet even offers consulng services and poron plans perfect for every lifestyle, including a kid’s menu, making healthy eang easy for the whole family. From healthy appezers to savory salads and flavorful entrees, Fit­Fillet is a game­ changer! Green Owl Deli 2901 N. 10th St The Green Owl Deli is a vegetarians dream come true. It specializes in creang meatless versions of local favorites, including vegan tacos, tamales and nachos. The Green Owl goes even further with its menu items, offering vegan desserts so delicious they’ll make the most carnivorous eaters take a second look. Wash it down with a fresh, cold­pressed juice and you’ve got yourself a one­of­a­kind meal. Gumbo’s Deli 1001 South 10th St. Gumbo’s Deli makes healthy eang without sacrificing taste its mission. The hidden away health­conscious eatery is tucked in the corner of the Tiffany Plaza on 10th Street, but those who know about this out­of­ view eatery tout its boat­sized salad bowls and toasted­to­perfecon ciabaa sandwiches. Gumbo’s Deli has a second locaon in North McAllen, where it shares space with another popular eatery, Pollito. It features drive­thru service, giving on­the­go eaters a healthy alternave to fast food.

These restaurants serve up beer­for­you­ bites without sacrificing taste, making healthy eang easier than ever. For more info on the hippest spots and hoest happenings in McAllen, visit NineToFiveGuy.com or follow on social media @ninetofiveguy. 15


eateries restaurant directory 2nd Street Bistro Bar Market (American) Double Tree by Hilton 956­686­3000 Applebee’s (Classic American) 514 East Exp 83, 956­686­8484 Bar­B­Cue Smoke House (American) 7517 N. 10th Street 956­682­2066

Burger King (Fast Food) 1101 S. 10th St, 956­687­4926 1700 N. 23rd St, 956­630­4594 700 Nolana Ave, 956­630­6108 304 Nolana Ave, 956­631­6461 3700 Buddy Owens, 956­686­7256 Callejon De Los Milagros (Mexican) 3300 W. Exp 83, 956­683­0330 Carl’s Jr. (Fast Food) 900 S. Jackson, 956­631­0350

Beef O’ Brady’s (American) 2011 S. 10th St, 956­465­8087

Casa Del Taco (Mexican) 1100 Houston Ave, 956­631­8193

BJ’s Brewhouse (American) 3200 W. Exp. 83, 956­687­2005

Chipotle (Mexican Grill) 3500 E. Exp 83 956­631­2662

Blimpie (Deli) 2825 Pecan Avenue 956­627­3329

City Café & Catering (American) 2901 N. 10th St, 956­682­8737

Blue Onion (Deli, Pizza) 925 Dove Ave, 956­682­9884

Corner Bakery Café (American) 4021 N, 10th St, C4, 956­278­8270

Bodega Tavern & Kitchen (New American) 2901 N. 10th Street Ste. A & B 956­627­0482

Costa Messa Restaurant (Mexican) 5248 N. 10th St, 956­618­1919 1621 N. 11th St, 956­618­5449 1801 S. Main St, 956­618­4040

Brickstone Grill and Bar Embassy Suites Hotel 800 Convenon Center Blvd, 956­ 688­8329

Country Omelee (Tex­Mex/Breakfast) 3420 N. 10th St, 956­534­5607

Buffalo Wings & Rings (American) 1933 S. 10th St, 956­630­9464 4711 N. 10th St, 956­ 631­2500 Buffalo Wild Wings (American) 3520 E. Exp. 83, 956­682­4550 4424 N. 10th St, 956­668­9677

Cowboy Chicken (Barbecue) 1020 W. Nolana Avenue 956­686­7777 Cracker Barrel (American) 3817 W. Exp 83 956­683­1874

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Dairy Queen (Fast Food) 800 E. Highway 83, 956­682­9501 1501 N. 23rd St, 956­682­9041 4011 N. 10th St, 956­682­0383 4101 N. 23rd St, 956­631­9706 Dave & Buster’s (American) Exp. 83 & 29th St Dejarvis Taco (Mexican) 403 S. 10th St., 956­631­4827 Delia’s Tamales (Mexican) 4800 23rd St, 956­630­3502 3400 N. 10th St, 956­627­2532 Denny’s (American) 1110 S. 10th St, 956­687­2242 401 E. Nolana Ave, 956­928­0166 Dirty Al’s Bayou Grill (Seafood) #400­ 5712 N. 10th St 956­627­5362 El Pato Mexican Food (Fast Food) 2035 N. 23rd St. 956­618­2829 1609 S. 23rd St. 956­683­1996 3019 N. 10th St. 956­682­1576 El Pollo Loco (Fast Food) 601 Nolana Loop, 956­971­8314

IL Forno A Legna (Italian) 3817 N. 10th Street Ste. 5 956­688­9528 Infusions Eats & Drinks (New American) 701 N. Main St., 956­627­2905 Jason’s Deli (Deli) 1308 E. Exp 83, 956­664­1700 Johnny Rockets (American) 3300 E. Exp 83, #150, 956­630­6094 Khan’s Grill (Mongolian) 529 E. Nolana Avenue 956­687­8881 Koko’s Mexican Café (Mexican) 6100 N. 10th St, 956­630­5656 4809 W. Exp 83, 956­631­5656 Kumori (Asian) 400 Nolana, Ste E, 956­618­5677 4500 N. 10th St., #50 956­631­2822

El Rincon Gaucho (Mexican) 3300 N. McColl Rd. Suite 0 956­627­0016

Kusina Restaurant & Market (Filipino) 6700 N. 23rd St, Ste. A & B 956­664­0044

Espi & T’s (Mexican) 2101 N. 10th St, 956­686­7467

La Costa Grill (Seafood) 3300 Exp. 83 Ste. 1235 956­630­9928

Europa Cuisine & Entertainment (New American) 5112 W. Expressway 83 956­225­0920

La Jaiba Mexican Seafood Grill (Seafood) 400 Nolana, Ste O, 956­618­5172

Five Guys Burgers and Fries (American) 3701 W. Exp 83, 956­630­5554 7501 N. 10th St, 956­800­5003

La Playa Fajita Grill McAllen (Mexican & Seafood) 4400 N. 10th Street 956­928­1555

Gabriella’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria (Italian) 700 Padre Blvd. Ste. G 956­761­6111 Gamehaus Gastropub (American) 2109 W. Nolana, 956­391­1202 Filled with classic arcade games, shuffleboard, pool, more than a dozen TV’s and a creave food menu. Golden Chick (American) 4501 N. 23rd St, 956­631­2544 Grain to Glass (American) 5921 N. 23rd St, 956­322­3315 Green Owl (Deli/Vegeterian) 2109 N. 10th St, 956­800­4616 Golden Corral (American) 1301 E. Jackson Ave, 956­682­2774 Hacienda Del Patron (Mexican) 4401 W. Exp 83, 956­322­5336

Le Peep (American/Breakfast) 7700 N. 10th St., Ste. C 956­661­9200 Longhorn Steakhouse (American) 3600 Exp 83, 956­630­6426 Luby’s Cafeteria (American) 2200 S. 10th St, 956­928­1853 1215 S. 10th St, 956­682­3115 4901 N. 10th St, 956­687­9568 Lucky Sushi Bar (Asian) 1303 S. 10th Street 956­340­4390 Lunchbox on 10th (New American) 2900 N. 10th Street 956­683­0021 Major Health Foods (Deli) 1001 S. 10th St, 956­687­7759 Mambo Seafood Restaurant (Mexican Seafood) 4817 Expressway 83 Ste. 100 956­682­2231

Hooter’s (American) 401 E. Exp 83, 956­971­9464

McAlister’s Deli (Deli) 3620 W. Exp 83, #100 956­972­0505

House of China (Fast Food) 4008 N. 10th St, 956­631­0188

McDonald’s (Fast Food) 3700 Pecan Ave, 956­631­2044 7320 N. 10th St, 956­972­1476

House Wine & Bistro (New American) 1117 Bus 83, 956­994­8331

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IHOP (American) 4321 N. 10th St, 956­682­4467

Mooyah Burgers (American) 3721 Pecan Blvd, 956­994­1111


Ms. G’s Tacos (Mexican) 2263 Pecan Blvd, 956­668­8226 New York Deli (Deli) 829 W. Dove, 956­631­8787 Nothing Bundt Cakes (Bakery) 3400 W. Exp 83, Building 700 Suite 740 Olive Garden (Italian) 222 Exp 83, 956­618­1188 7812 N. 10th St, 956­618­9886 Palenque Chicken (Mexican) 1050 S. 10th St, 956­994­8181 Palenque Grill (Mexican) 606 E. Exp 83, 956­994­8181 The Pao on Guerra (Southern) 116 S. 17th St, 956­661­9100 Fine dining located in the heart of the 17th Street Entertainment District. Peter Piper Pizza (Pizza) 1620 N. 10th St, 956­682­5251 Pepper’s At Uptown (American) 4620 N. 10th St, 956­618­5533 Pizza Hut (Pizza) 2101 N. 23rd St, 956­682­1521 2000 S. McColl St, 956­630­5581 2121 N. 23rd St, 956­687­7859 404 S. 10th St, 956­682­4115 3609 N. 10th St, 956­686­9701 739 W. Dove, 956­971­8282 P.F. Chang’s (Asian) 3100 Exp 83, 956­664­1516 Poncho’s Restaurant (Mexican) 601 W. Exp 83, 956­630­2237 Red Lobster (American Seafood) 7617 N. 10th St, 956­682­6877 Republic of the Rio Grande (New American) 1411 S. 10th Street 956­994­8385 RGV Cupcakes (Sweets) 3300 E. Exp 83, 956­618­9979 Rodizio Grill (Brazilian Steakhouse) 4013 W. Exp 83, 956­627­6520 Romano’s Macaroni Grill (Italian) 3500 W. Exp 83, 956­687­3500 Roosevelt’s at 7 (American) 821 N Main St, 956­ 928­1994 Russo’s New York Pizzeria (Italian) 7017 N. 10th St, 956­686­5522 Salads Plus (Deli) 3724 Pecan Blvd, 956­994­9450 Saltgrass Steakhouse (American) 3000 Exp 83, 956­682­4652

Salt­ New American Table (American Cuisine) 210 N. Main St, 956­627­6304 Award winning eatery features local steaks and drinks to envy with an open kitchen and bar situated around the kitchen to enjoy the show. Santa Fe Steakhouse (American) 1918 S. 10th St, 956­630­2331 Seoul House (Korean) 1210 Pecan Blvd, 956­686­5273 Souper Salad (Deli) 4129 W Expy 83, 956­627­2492 Spanish Room (Southwestern) 1620 N. 10th St, 956­682­5251 Subway (Deli) 3512 N. 23rd St, 956­994­8710 1600 S. 23rd St, 956­664­9086 618 N. 10th St, 956­630­4376 808 S. Jackson Rd, 956­664­1938 105 W. Nolana Ave, 956­630­0298 Sweet Temptaons (American) 5401 N. 10th St, 956­630­0307 Taco Palenque (Fast Food) 1000 S. 10th St, N, 956­994­8950 3020 N. 10th St, 956­227­4736 601 W. Houston Ave, 956­630­6787 Taco Rico (Fast Food) 3716 Pecan Blvd, 956­668­1660 Taste of India (Indian) 3711 N. 10th St, 956­682­9888 Taqueria El Zarape (Fast Food) 4401 N 23rd St, 956­686­6622 Tilted Kilt (American) 4117 W. Exp 83, 956­687­5458 Thai Red Chili’s (Thai) 3507 N. Ware Rd, 956­683­0515 Tony Roma’s (American) 2121 S. 10th St, 956­631­2121 Whataburger (Fast Food) 1000 E. Nolana, 956­668­7410 1419 S. 10th St, 956­682­5597 7101 N. 10th St, 956­686­4242 4017 N. 23rd St, 956­682­8933 1412 E. Jackson, 956­682­0166 2225 W. US Hwy 83, 956­686­6546 Which Wich Superior Sandwiches (Deli) 7700 N. 10th St, Ste B, 956­687­9424 Wingstop (American) 2901 N. 10th St, 956­683­8888 1308 E. Exp 83, 956­971­0220 3721 Pecan Blvd, 956­631­9464 Yoko’s Sushi (Asian) 7001 N. 10th St, 956­683­1285 Zoe’s Kitchen (Mediterranean) 5524 N. McColl, 956­627­4625 Zucca 83 (Italian) 4901 West Expressway 83 Ste. 220 956­843­0148

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food park The McAllen Food Park is McAllen’s first and finest park for foodies and food truck enthusiasts. You can enjoy first­class, restaurant­quality grub served up by local chefs in a thriving downtown locaon, conveniently located between McAllen’s Art and Entertainment Districts. With more than 300 days of sunshine annually, the park is the perfect outdoor dining experience for families, friends and even your favorite four­legged companion. On occasion you can also find home­ grown musicians showcasing their acousc talents. The food truck scene is booming in McAllen, and the Food Park is the perfect place to find a variety of food trucks aimed to sasfy any appete. On the Menu An original food truck in the Rio Grande Valley. Mexican­Korean Fusion is what this family is bringing to the local foodie scene. Serving items like Pork Buns, Kimchi Fries, Q­Dillas, Yard Bird Takos, Korean Karnitas Takos as well as other familiar and out­of­ the­ordinary flavors. Unique and sasfying! Food For the People! • Nuri Food Truck 956.252.7577 • nurifoodtruck@gmail.com

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play like a local Kori Waters, McAllen Parks and Rec

Step foot onto Fireman’s Park... and you quickly realize why this unique addion to McAllen’s ever­growing parks system has become a local favorite to fish, bike, hike and play. The centerpiece of the park is Town Lake, a two­acre man­made lake complete with a beach­like entrance and fishing pier. The lake is home to a variety of wildlife and the palm tree­lined backdrop is ideal to experience the outdoors. “The water is what sets Fireman’s Park apart from other parks in the city. The fact that it feels hidden also makes it special and peaceful,” said Kori Waters, Recreaon Supervisor, McAllen Parks and Recreaon. Saturday mornings the park is host to the Grow’n Growers Farmers’ Market where you can shop a variety of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables from local growers and farms. “I like how the park is being ulized because it’s relavely new to the city. People are becoming aware of it because it’s a pleasant place to be. It’s beauful here,” Waters said. The lively locaon also has a pavilion and Pumphouse available to rent for that one­of­a­kind venue for your next special occasion. An on­site H2O Hut even has kayak and pedal boat rentals. 21


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Fish, hike, bike, play or relax... you can do it all at Town Lake at Firemen’s Park. The on­site H2O Hut even has snacks and kayak and pedal boat rentals. The 2nd Street Hike & Bike Trail is the perfect place to burn calories while taking a tour of the city on foot. The urban trail system spans north and south through town. Your favorite four­legged friends want to play, too, and McAllen’s Dog Park is made just for them. The off­leash park is divided into secons for small and large dogs. Bill Schupp Park is ideal for family gatherings with its picnic areas, and park­goers can enjoy the many swings, slides and merry­go­rounds or exercise on the fitness trail and sand volleyballs courts. One of the newest addions is Daffodil Park where you can take in 9­holes of disc golf. Quickly becoming a local hot spot, the par­3 course is perfect for beginners. Cool off at one of McAllen’s two Splash Parks, located at 4901 North 33rd Street at Zinnia Park and at 3401 Jordan Avenue at Palm View Park. Oval Park The heart of McAllen’s Convenon Center district is its palm­tree lined 2.4 acre Oval Park, which features nave trees and pergolas as well as a lively water fountain that feeds into its impressive reflecve pond. The park is home to fesvals and concerts, including a Sunset Live Series,Taste McAllen and Palm Fest.

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always in season game me

McAllen is set to become the premier sports desnaon in Texas... with its new parks, upgrades to exisng fields and new projects underway. The new McAllen Sports Park features nine full­size mul­use fields, including a championship field. The Sports Park has first­class amenies, manager’s offices, dancing fountains, playground equipment, a conces­ sion area and a box office along with plenty of parking. Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and McAllen is equipped with two parks for different skill levels. The 18­hole, championship­ quality Green Jay Disc Golf Course features long fairways and challenging holes, while the 9­hole Daffodil Disc Golf Park is perfect for leisure players or beginners looking to refine their skills. The major parks project underway is the McAllen Youth Baseball Complex, which will feature 12 baseball fields with the modern amenies traveling teams expect from tournament­quality baseball parks. A 6­ fields fast pitch soball complex is also in the works. Upcoming motocross and skate parks will add to the diversity of McAllen’s sports tourism porolio as well. Sports tourism in McAllen is on the rise. Combined with family­friendly restaurants, premium shopping, first­class accommodaons, a lively entertainment district and moderate year­round temperatures, it’s no wonder why McAllen is “Always in Season.”

Come race with us If you’re a runner the McAllen Marathon is a can’t miss event. The course is flat, fast, and the weather is perfect in December. The USATF­cerfied course is the ideal Boston Qualifier. Visit the website mcallenmarathon.com to register. / mcallenmarathon

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shop like a local McAllen is one of the fastest growing areas in the naon, and with thousands of Mexican Naonals vising on a daily basis that make it all of Mexico’s number one U.S. retail desnaon, it’s no wonder that McAllen is the mecca for shopping in South Texas. La Plaza Mall, the city’s retail core, has more than 150 specialty retailers, including high­end stores like Michael Kors, Armani Exchange and BCBGMAXAZRIA. The mall is also home to big­name fashion house carrying designers Valenno, Burberry, Tory Burch and Jimmy Choo, to name a few. Currently undergoing a major expansion, in 2017 La Plaza Mall will open 50 more stores and 10 more restaurants. If you want to shop local a local then look no further than McAllen’s locally owned bouques. The Shops at Village Oaks shopping center on 10th Street is notorious for carrying must­have merchandise. The center is anchored by Sylvia’s and Uniques which have been local favorites for decades, and stores like Carat’s Jewelers, OH Kay’s and Zoodles with the latest ouits or accessories to ensure your style is one­of­a­kind. North McAllen is also a fashionable shopping desnaon, with locally owned stores like Jones & Jones, Mariposa Bouque and shop 112 which has become a Valley favorite and was recently voted best bouque by The Monitor. Whether you’re in the market for fine furnishings one of a kind jewelry or when the proscripon just calls for some retail therapy, McAllen has got it all!

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shopping guide

La Plaza Mall 2200 South 10th St. Major retailers include Dillard’s, Macy’s, Banana Republic, Victoria’s Secret, Amani Exchange, Hollister, Michael Kors, Steve Madden and more. Las Tiendas Shopping Center Area 708 E Expressway 83/I­2 Retailers include Forever 21, Bed Bath and Beyond, Pier One, Target, Academy, and several restaurants including Wallbangers. Uptown Plaza 4500 North 10th St. Retailers include Merle Norman Cosmecs, Jones & Jones, Spa La Posada and several restaurants including Kumori and Pepper’s. Downtown McAllen The Central Business District Includes Main, Broadway, 15th, 16th, and 17th Streets from Business 83 to Houston Ave. and provides many local specialty retailers and restaurants. Northcross Shopping Center North 10th St. & Nolana Ave. Retailers include Barnes & Noble, Corner Bakery Café & Vitamin Shoppe. Palms Crossing Area McAllen Convenon Center District Retailers and restaurants include Cavender’s Western Wear, Academy, Ulta, DSW, Barnes & Noble, P.F. Chang’s, Macaroni Grill, and more. New 29th St. Shopping Center featuring Burlington, and Dave & Busters. Trenton Area North 10th St. & Trenton Rd. Retailers and restaurants include Russo’s Pizza, James Avery, Coldstone Creamery,Kolache Factory, Starbucks, Hobby Lobby, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s, Le Peep, and many more. Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets E. Expressway 83/1­2 Mercedes, TX Located 15 minutes east of McAllen, the outlet mall is home to 140 stores, a food court with live entertainment in the summer and a child care center.

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create like a local

Local arst Aurora Vites showcases her artwork at the Creave Incubator.

The arts in McAllen are as eclecc as the city itself. The Creave Incubator is at the heart of McAllen’s Arts District, and is home to a variety of local creators. The venue offers low­cost studio space for start­up arsts and is meant to foster the creavity of the tenants and provide emerging arsts and organizaons with the support they need. The three­story building includes a performance stage, art gallery, exhibit space, classrooms and the newly added TechPlace which is a collaborave space that encourages interacons and collaboraon among the tenants. The Creave Incubator also offers a series of weekly classes on several different arts related topics including painng, guitar, voice, acng, and more.

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TechSpace A hip, inving environment, TechSpace encourages innovaon and collaboraon among its tech­savvy tenants. / TechSpaceMcAllen

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explore like a local

Colleen Hook, Manager, Quinta Mazatlan

Picture an oasis of greenery and tranquility amidst the frenec daily acvity of a dynamic city... Add historic appeal and cultural color, and you’ll have an idea of the charm that draws locals to Quinta Mazatlan. Built in the 1930s, this Spanish Revival Style adobe mansion sits on 20 acres of lawn, gardens and forest, complete with walking trails. It serves both as a nature center and a special event venue. The original owners built much of the home themselves, fashioning the adobe bricks by hand. Cedar beams in the home were purportedly a gi to the owner from the King of Lebanon to thank him for fighng alongside Lawrence of Arabia during Lebanon’s War of Independence. During the mid­60s parts of the estate were opened to the public as a coffeehouse. Then Quinta Mazatlan was again converted to a private residence unl 1998 when the City of McAllen acquired it. Today Quinta Mazatlan is an urban sanctuary working to enrich people’s lives by sharing knowledge about birds, plants and environmental stewardship in South Texas. As part of the World Birding Center Complex, it aracts many wildlife watchers. It is also a popular locaon for special events such as weddings and quinceneras, and features an art gallery, wildlife sculpture trail and permanent popular Mexican art display.

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arts & culture

Art District McAllen’s vibrant Arts District is centrally located in the heart of the city, along Main Street. Home to more than two dozen art galleries, the area is anchored by the Spanish Colonial Nuevo Santander Gallery and the new Art Village, a 30,000 square foot Tuscan­style retail facility that includes four buildings housing art galleries, studios, and restaurants. Downtown McAllen.

Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle San Juan’s Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle averages more than one million visitors a year (20,000 a weekend), making it one of the most visited shrines in the United States. www.olsjbasilica.org. 400 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd., San Juan; 956­787­0033 Internaonal Museum of Art & Science IMAS is one of the naon’s few Smithsonian affiliate museums. World­class exhibits, cultural events, and the country’s largest collecon of Mexican folk art make IMAS a great educaonal experience for the enre family. 1900 Nolana Ave.; 956­682­0123

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Creave Incubator (McA2) McAllen’s Creave Incubator supports local arsts and promotes the community’s arsc culture by providing low­cost studio space for emerging arsts, rotang exhibits and live performances throughout the year. 601 N. Main St.; 956­687­ARTS (2787)


McAllen Nature Park McAllen’s Nature Park is a city­sponsored botanical garden and nature preserve located in West McAllen with walking trails and programs daily. Admission is free. 4101 W. Business 83; 956­681­3333 McAllen Heritage Center This museum focuses on McAllen’s 100 year history, hosng story­telling sessions and other special events. Memorabilia, historic photos, and arsan work of local arsts are displayed. Admission is free. 301 S. Main St.; 956­687­1904

McAllen Performing Arts Center The new McAllen Performing Arts Center is a state of the art auditorium with 1800 seats. It hosts theatre producons, concerts, dance performances, and many special events. Convenon Center District; 956­681­3800 Museum of South Texas History The museum preserves the past with its vast collec­ on of works of art, records, documents, displays, historical items, and helps with the preservaon of local sites. 200 N. Closner, Edinburg; 956­383­6911 Nuevo Santander Gallery Nuevo Santander Gallery is the place to visit when looking to acquire museum quality Old West arms, anques, and fine Mexican collecbles. 717 N. Main St., McAllen; 956­618­4959 33


indulge like a local entertainment From sports bars to nightclubs or line dancing and salsa stepping... the entertainment opons in McAllen are seemingly endless. You can start on 17th Street, McAllen’s Entertainment District, or venture uptown and discover one of the many lively entertainment offerings in the city. Catch the game or have your own compeon at local favorite Gamehaus Gastropub where every spot has a TV in sight and features vintage arcade games, pool tables, shuffleboard, darts, foosball and much more. You might even catch a glimpse of a future NBA star while you’re there, as it has become a favorite place to watch sports for the RGV Vipers of the NBA D­League. The rise in popularity of alehouses has caught on in McAllen. Led by McAllen’s original pub house, Roosevelt’s at 7, others have followed suit, including Grain to Glass and the Quarter. Each is unique in its own way, but one thing is for sure, you won’t leave thirsty. Handcraed cocktails made with locally sourced ingredients, showcasing regional flavors are also increasingly popular. Stop by Infusions where it infuses its spirits in­house or SALT, where the Paloma features tequila, Valley lemons and homegrown ruby red grapefruit. El Divino is another popular cocktailery for indulging in specialty concocons along with Bodega, which are both located in Uptown McAllen. 35


a night out nightlife lisngs

Uptown

Downtown

23rd Street Bar & Grill 3301 N. 23rd St

Avenue 1704* 1704 Dallas Ave

Alberico Fine Wine 401 N. 10th St.

Brickhouse 10 S. 11th Canna Lomax 101 N. Main St

Bodega Tavern & Kitchen 2901 N. 10th St

Centennial Speakeasy 1410 Ausn Ave

Bourbon St 4800 N. 10th St.

Cine El Rey* 311 S. 17th St

Casa Petrides Tobacco 735 W. Dove Ave

Europa Cuisine & Entertainment 5112 W Exp 83

Cigar Bar 2200 W. Nolana Ave

Flying Walrus* 2014 S. 17th St

Coast Asian Bistro 7100 N. 10th St.

Infusion Eats & Drinks 701 N. Main St

Deloreans 2200 W. Nolana Ave

Mezzanine on 17th* 109 S. 17th St

Eddy’s Billiards 400 W. Nolana Ave

Midnight Club* 118 S. 17th St

El Divino 5001 N. 10th St.

OMG Shot Bar* 202 S. 17th St

Gamehaus Gastropub 2109 W. Nolana Ave

Pao On Guerra* 116 S. 17th St

Grain To Glass 5921 N. 23rd St.

Peacocks* 209 S. 17th St

Havana Club 500 E. Nolana Ave

Roof 324* 324 S. 17th St

Hillbilly’s 6000 N. 10th St.

Roosevelt’s at 7 821 N. Main St

Limelight Lounge 400 W. Nolana Ave

Sofie’s ‘SS’ Saloon 6801 S. 10th St

London Grill & Tavern 129 E. Nolana Ave

Suerte Bar & Grill* 301 S. 17th St

Simon Sez 2007 Orchid Ave.

Thirsty Monkey* 1613 Chicago Ave Tres* 323 S. 17th St Yerberia Cultura* 613 S. 17th St *denotes places located in McAllen’s 17th Street Entertainment District

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Food truck lovers, make plans to grab a bite at McAllen’s Food Park, home to a half a dozen mobile eateries localed on 10 N. Broadway in the downtown district. Food trucks are known to stay open l 2:00 am or later on weekends.


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Address

Phone

Rooms

300 E. Expressway 83

(956) 630­3333

92

701 S Ware Rd.

(956) 618­7207

121

800 W. Expressway 83

(956) 213­0333

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2131 S. 10th St.

(956) 668­7800

110

1421 S. 10th St.

(956) 686­1586

73

1800 South 2nd St.

(956) 686­3000

262

612 W. Expressway 83

(956) 687­ 5100

89

300 W Expressway 83

(956) 682­3222

90

800 Convenon Ctr. Blvd.

(956) 688­8329

150

2117 S. 10th St.

(956) 971­9444

68

10 W Expressway 83

(956) 661­1100

112

4801 W Expressway 83

(956) 618­7240

98

617 W Expressway 83

(956) 664­2900

104

525 S. Ware Rd.

(956) 391­2964

99

3801 Expressway 83

(956) 630­0500

114

2000 S. 10th St.

(956) 686­1741

150

1100 S. 10th St.

(956) 687­1101

120

801 S Ware Rd.

(956) 682­6765

114

101 North Main St.

(956) 631­1101

165

220 W. Expressway 83

(956) 994­8626

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1921 S. 10th St.

(956) 994­0505

191

1800 S. Ware Rd.

(956) 682­6336

102

620 Wichita Ave.

(956) 213­7829

104

700 Savannah Ave.

(956) 668­7829

111

1505 S 9th St.

(956) 686­4401

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8301 N. Ware Rd.

(956) 686­5425

54

1500 Wichita Ave.

(956) 632­2000

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event calendar January McAllen New Year’s Eve Bash www.exploremcallen.com/events/annual/newyearseve.aspx McAllen Marathon Sco Crane Memorial Run January 14­15­ www.mcallenmarathon.com Karaoke Night at the McAllen Food the 4thFriday of the Month­ Featuring the best of McAllen and arts and cra vendors­ www.McAllen.org Internaonal Car Fest www.mcallencarfest.com McAllen Food Park Unplugged (January­December) 3rd Friday of the month­ Features live entertainment and arts & cra vendors, as well as collecble vendors. www.facebook.com/mcallenfoodpark February McAllen Internaonal Travel Show­ McAllen Travel, Health & Wellness Expo February 21­22­ www.internaonaltravelshow.com Valley Symphony Orchestra­ www.Vsomusic.org Melba’s Dance Performance­www.melbasdance.com Valley Symphonic Orchestra­ Star Wars & Galacc Pops www.valleyorchestra.org March Golden Age Olympics www.mcallen.net/parks­recreaon/special­events/gao Taste McAllen www.facebook.com/TasteMcAllen Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show­ www.rgvls.com Borderfest­www.hidalgoborderfest.com April Brew­Seum­ www.brew­seum.com McAllen Crawfish Boil­ thecrawfishboil.com Vida Verde Fesval­www.quintamazatlan.com

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May Melba’s Dance Recital­ www.melbasdance.com Sunset Live Outdoor Concert Series www.mcallenconvenoncenter.net June/July McAllen Blues Night­ www.vismcallen.com Fourth of July Concert in the Sky­ www.mcallen.net Independence Day Parade­ www.mcallen.net McAllen Open Mic Night 1st Fridays during the summer August McAllen Open Mic Night 1st Fridays during the summer September McAllen Art Walk­ 1st Art Walk is a free, self­guided family tour of art galleries and art venues in McAllen’s Art District. It takes place on the first Friday of the month from 6­9pm September through May. www.exploremcallen.com Music Aer Hours­ 1st Friday of the month, 6pm­10pm register at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce ­ info@visitmcallen.com October Palm Fest­ McAllen largest folk life celebraon features live music, shopping cooking compeons, cultural display and more at the McAllen Convenon Center. – www.palmfest.com Santa Fe Wine Classic­ www.facebook.com/events/1781709528726327 November Texas Buerfly Fesval www.texasbuerflyfesval.com Annual Banquet­ Man & Women of the year mcallen.org/event/62nd­annual­banquet­man­ woman­of­the­year­awards RGV Birding Fesval­ www.rgvbf.org December McAllen Holiday Parade­ Christmas in the Park/ Candlelight Posada – The largest illuminated holiday parade in Texas features giant helium balloons, decorave floats , celebrity guest and kids carnival. www.mcallenholidayparade.com

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