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Executive chef Marcela Cantu employs extensive culinary training and fine ingredients to infuse each plate on The Ristretto's menu with palate-pleasing passion. Diners can pep-talk taste buds with appetizers such as bruschetta topped with herb-marinated tomatoes ($6.99), or funghi farcito, stuffed mushrooms accessorized with shrimp and crowned with cheese ($7.99). Move on to popular pasta plates such as the fetuccine alfredo with grilled chicken ($9.99) or farfalle al pesto ($9.99) inviting chicken, basil, and pine nuts to a tan-tie affair hosted by garlic olive oil sauce. The more meatily-inclined can select from ample options of chicken and fish, or savor eggplant parmigiana ($10.99) to sate an herbaceous appetite. Pull up a chair in the cozy dining room to set the scene for a romantic evening with a special ladyfriend or amicable gentlemanchum.

1102 W University Dr
Edinburg,
TX
US

At first glance, La Pesca might seem to only be a seafood joint?cooks do pile eight different types of it, from clams to crab legs, into the caldo pesca soup alone. But the culinary team's specialty is merging those succulent catches with classic Mexican recipes. Here, cooks stuff jalape?os with white cheese and shrimp, broil red snapper by the pound, and pile octopus and mushrooms into tacos. In addition to crafting seafood-free Mexican options, such as grilled-chicken tacos, they also put their stamp on non-Mexican seafood dishes, such as po' boys with fried oysters.

524 West University Drive
Edinburg,
TX
US

To Dan Kim, a red mango is something truly special. The fruit only becomes that color for a very brief time, when it's most ripe, most delicious, and most nutritious. This became an allegory for Dan, a frozen yogurt enthusiast, who was conceptualizing his first yogurt shop. He opened the first location in 2007, vowing to use all-natural ingredients that, like the red mango, are both tasty and healthy. His commitment to conscientious snacking certainly caught on, as the brand has since expanded to more than 200 locations throughout North and South America. In 2011, Red Mango took top honors for frozen yogurt shops and for healthy options in a Zagat poll.

In addition to being all-natural, Red Mango's award-winning yogurt satisfies a range of diets by being gluten-free, kosher, and low-fat or non-fat. Each of the nearly 50 flavors, which range from green tea to dulce de leche, contains calcium, protein, and immune-boosting probiotics. Depending on the location, people can serve themselves or order from the full-service counter as they concoct sundaes crowned with anything from fresh fruit to peanut butter cups. The menu includes more than just fro-yo sundaes, however?it also features yogurt parfaits, Skinny Sorbettos, and fruit or boba smoothies. In addition to developing secret handshakes with their favorite yogurt taps, regular visitors can sign up for the Club Mango rewards program to receive special offers and discounts.

5401 N 10th St Ste 129
McAllen,
TX
US

Massive containers of whey and protein powders line the walls at Vitamin Power, providing customers with a full view of the variety of nutrition and supplement products they have to offer. Customers can load up on protein shakes filled with vitamin C, pre-workout formulas, or more intense supplements designed to help muscles bulge. The shop also prepares smoothies using fresh mangoes, berries, and bananas, as well as mix-ins that boost energy including pecans and flax seed.

201 North Shary Road
Mission,
TX
US

Before the delicacies are composed at Grapevine Caf?, their ingredients are made from scratch in-house. This ranges from roasting and grinding Albisola Specialty Blends Coffee beans to crafting fresh tortillas. The latter are used to create huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and crab enchiladas, just some of the Mexican-style offerings that share menu space with Belgian waffles and chicken-fried-steak sandwiches. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available inside the cozy cafe, where complimentary WiFi encourages diners to stay a while and refill their espresso drinks.

100 East Swordfish Street
South Padre Island,
TX
US

After years as a TV reporter, Becky Medellin still couldn't shake her first love?cooking. So she started Scratch Kitchen Cupcake & Bake Shop in her parents' kitchen, which was fitting, as it was her father who instilled in her the passion for baking. Eventually, she?opened her shop, where she makes every single cupcake, cheesecake, pie, mousse, and sandwich bread from scratch.

Becky's not the only one with her hands coated in batter. Every morning, her father gets up and makes his cinnamon rolls from a recipe he perfected over 20 years as a Navy submarine mess specialist.?

The sweet creations at?Scratch Kitchen Cupcake & Bake Shop even led Becky to experience the other side of news reporting. She appeared on KRGV's Con Mi Gente & Fox 2's Good Day Valley to demonstrate how to ice cupcakes without putting the frosting into your hand and squeezing.

285 E Trenton Rd.
Edinburg,
TX
US