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Garden Gourmet slakes stomach suspirations with a menu ripe with mouthwatering vegetarian and vegan dishes. Amid a casual ambience, guests can coronate a meal or accentuate a lively debate with an appetizer, such as the vegan tabouli salad—a savory concotion of couscous and millet mixed with tomato, black olive, cucumber, cilantro, olive oil, and lemon ($6.99)—or a main plate, such as the vegetarian burger—an oat garden patty with mozzarella and chipotle vegenaise served with tempura onion rings and choice of veggie chips or sweet-potato fries ($8.50). Guests can also relish the timeless satisfaction of the vegan falafel dish, which blends cilantro-infused papaya chutney with seasoned garbanzo patties and fresh spinach. Beyond partaking in sit-down satiation, customers can also freely browse Garden Gourmet's vegetarian grocery section, stocked with fresh-baked grains and pastries.

623 West Business 83
Weslaco,
TX
US

Seafood is the specialty at Casa de Marisco. The chefs serve everything from fish and shrimp to quesadillas and generously portioned botana platters that could feed Paul Bunyan and his brother Jeff.

502 W Pike Blvd
Weslaco,
TX
US

Google, Safari, and PowerPoint all share something special: a place on the sushi menu at Otto Sushi & Seafood. At least, they inspire some of the tongue-in-cheek rolls that chefs create there. The Google roll hugs avocado and fried shrimp inside fried rice; the Safari roll is composed of crab, avocado, and cream cheese; and the PowerPoint roll includes asparagus, cheese, and fried fish in soy paper with squid salad on top. The rolls represent the Japanese portion of the menu, but chefs also pay homage to Mexico and America through cooked seafood plates—try the spicy à la diabla fish or shrimp for a taste.

1449 West Duranta Avenue
Alamo,
TX
US

The cakes created by bakers at A Piece Of Cake By Ybarra's don't fit inside any sort of box?both figuratively and literally. Each cake showcases a different style, such as a five-tiered wedding creation with red flowers flowing down its side, a birthday cake molded into the shape of Thomas the Tank Engine, and a colorful pile of small cakes crowned with clusters of mini balloons. What the cakes do have in common is that they're frosted and filled with creative flavors, from almond or chocolate-mint cake to fudge-chocolate or pineapple buttercream frosting.

202 E Harrison Ave
Harlingen,
TX
US

The menu at Hime Sushi Bar & Grill hits a wide range of temperatures, with dishes that range from cold to sizzling. There's sushi, of course, rolled with cuts of fresh salmon and yellowtail, and sizzling filet mignon that chefs sear in the leaping flames of a teppanyaki grill. Other options include traditional teriyaki dishes and house specialties such as sweet-and-sour red snapper. The drink menu is just as varied, with options such as organic tea, signature martinis, and raspberry sake.

901 N Ed Carey Dr.
Harlingen,
TX
US

The cooks at Dickey's Barbecue Pit have been serving slow-smoked, USDA-inspected meats slathered in sauce concocted from the Dickey family recipe since the first shop opened in Dallas in 1941. The menu is populated with sandwiches piled high with barbecue-drenched Texas-style chopped beef brisket, southern pulled pork, spicy cheddar sausage, and turkey breast ($3.50–$7). Fingers dress themselves to paint white T-shirts after handling plates mounded with barbecue-smothered ribs, which are accompanied by a choice of two sides such as creamy coleslaw, waffle-iron fries, or mac 'n' cheese ($11). The Giant Stuffed Baker cushions a family of meat, cheese, and toppings on a baked-potato sofa more fluffy than Mother's Day card poetry ($5.50–$7).

1201 South Jackson Road
Pharr,
TX
US