The Best Food & Restaurants in Laredo, TX in 2023

We traveled to Laredo and got to eat amazing food from places recommended by locals, family, and friends. This post is only for the food, but you can check out our list of the best things to do in Laredo!

Where to Eat in Laredo

La India Packing Co. 

Founded in 1924 by Antonio Rodriguez and his wife Antonia Villarreal Rodriguez, their goal was to offer people in Laredo their favorite Mexican spices, Mexican chocolate, and herbal remedies. It grew into a well-established brand and a local favorite for people in South Texas.

Now, you’ll find their spices in popular grocery stores. The owners even opened a small restaurant to demonstrate what you can achieve at home with their ingredients. We ordered the Chicken en Mole with rice and beans, but other popular dishes are their Charro Beans and their Enmoladas!

Display full of spices

Tabernilla Bar de Tapas

Tabernilla is a vibrant, locally owned eatery and bar that serves traditional Spanish tapas. The restaurant features a spacious dining room, live music, and a private patio with a blend of rustic and modern decor.

They have an extensive wine menu with selection from different regions of Spain and Portugal. The menu even goes as far as to explain where the wine originated from, its flavors, and even pairing suggestions.

On Thursdays, they also offer free tapas with your drink order!

Our favorite things from Tabernilla were:

  • Paella de Mariscos
  • Cured meats like the Bresaola de Wagyu and Chorizo Iberico
  • Queso de Cabra Crujiente, Gambia’s Al Ajillo, and the Pulpo a la Plancha
  • And their cocktails: the Agua de Valencia, Cordobesa, and Roja Sangria

This is the perfect place to try something a bit different!

Bolillos Cafe (North)

A small, colorful restaurant in the heart of Laredo, Bolillos Cafe offers authentic Mexican cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The best part: their large selection of baked goods from Cakeland, their sister bakery!

We decided on:

  • Concha French Toast
  • Churro French Toast
  • Barbacoa Tacos
  • Tacos de Nopal

They were exceptional!

Some of their other popular dishes that the locals love are:

  • Steak & Eggs Ranchero
  • Chilaquiles Verdes
  • Pozole
  • Enchiladas Verdes
  • Enmoladas

Republic Cantina 

If you’re looking to experience the food of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico without crossing the border, we highly recommend the Republic Cantina for elevated Tex-Mex dishes.

We tried the:

  • Chargrilled Cheese
  • Ribeye Cheese Crust Tacos
  • Ribeye Tacos with Bone Marrow
  • And we paired them with the Old Fashioned with Mezcal and a Mezcalita de Jamaica

All their dishes are amazing and let’s not forget their fluffy, flour tortillas are homemade.

The building itself is a mix of a modern and elevated cantina. Everything about this place blends perfectly together!

They are open for brunch, dinner, and they offer a Happy Hour and a coffee menu for early risers.

La Finca Bruncheria

At this brunch-only spot, you can enjoy a traditional Mexican breakfast fused with brunch staples. We loved their Churro Waffles and the Barbacoa Plate.

They also offer choices like:

  • Menudo
  • Enfrijoladas
  • French Toast

It may seem weird, but it works perfectly and keeps locals coming back every time! It was everything our taste buds needed!

Waffles topped with fresh strawberries

Antojitos Enchilados Laredo

Antojitos is short for Little Cravings and the cravings they curb here! This all-pink shop sells all sorts of sweet and savory snacks like:

  • Pikadilly, Flaming Hot
  • Chamoy Pickle Kits
  • Dulces Enchiladas
  • Manzanas Locas Con Chile
  • And more Mexican snacks

This is your go-to place for spicy snacks and cute selfies on your next trip to Laredo.

Golondrina Food Truck Park 

Choose from a variety of choices: tacos, burgers, seafood, coffee, cocktails, and more!

The park itself consists of the following food trucks:

  • Bar Nido
  • Nomada Burgers
  • Mulas Taqueria
  • Tito’s Snacks
  • El Horno Pizzeria
  • Gloria’s Coffee Bar
  • Picate Mucho
  • El Gran Cevichon

We tried a few trucks, and here is what we recommend:

  • Comallita Taqueria – Cheesy Steak Tacos
  • Tito’s Snacks – Tostito Elote & the Pastor Fries
  • Picate Mucho: the Fruit Roll-Up Cucumber (they also have a store where you can stock up on snacks for the road trip home)

There is both indoor and outdoor seating with picnic tables, plus a massive Jenga set and cornhole. This is the best place to go if you can’t agree on what to eat!

Las Kekas 

Las Kekas serves traditional, large Mayan tacos and dishes like:

  • Carnitas
  • Cochinita Pibil
  • Picadillo
  • Asado de Puerco
  • Al Pastor
  • Mole

The best part is it’s affordable, the tortillas are homemade, and the portions are plentiful!

La Laguna Mariscos & Sushi

Here, you’ll find the best Micheladas made with refreshing, cold beer and so much more!

They have all kinds of flavors:

  • Michelada de Fresa
  • Michelada de Piña
  • Citrus Blue Moon
  • Un Six y Nos Vamos
  • Michelada Revolcada
  • Plus, mezcal and vodka cocktails

We tried the traditional Michelada, and it was huge! They are so popular that they’ve established several locations in Texas, including McAllen and San Antonio, as well as a few locations in Mexico. Discover all the different ways they make their famous Micheladas and be sure to snap lots of photos! They are one of a kind!

Man holding an elaborately decorated Michelada that is three glasses high

Chief’s Restaurant

This traditional Mexican restaurant serves everything your abuela would cook up for you.

Choose from dishes like:

  • Tacos Dorados
  • Flautas
  • Chile Relleno
  • Tacos de Camarones
  • Tacos de Papa
  • Enchiladas
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Carne Asada with rice and beans

At Chief’s Restaurant, you’ll feel right at home. Its fresh food and affordable prices make this a popular spot for locals, so you know it’s good!

Paulita’s Breakfast 

This casual dining restaurant serves humongous breakfast tacos and other traditional Mexican comfort food in a comida corrida style, similar to a fast food restaurant.

We ordered two large tacos for 13 bucks and it was like ordering from the dinner menu. The portions were huge!

The flour tortillas are homemade, the service was great, and the ambiance is family-friendly!

Two huge breakfast tacos on a plate

ALA Burger 

ALA Burger is a whole other level of burger creativity. You won’t find here your regular BLT or double patty burger.

Their selection includes:

  • The Soy de Rancho Burger
  • The Chilaquil Burger
  • Garlic Parmesan Cilantro Fries
  • Flaming Cheetos Cheese Sticks
  • Birria Empanadas
  • The Texas Gulf Shrimp Burger
  • The Pineapple Express
  • The Chorizo Serrano Burger

Step out of your comfort zone and try something different!

La Mies Restaurant

La Mies has an extensive menu of popular dishes taken straight out of abuela’s recipe book. It’s all the traditional Mexican meals in one place for reasonable prices.If you are not near their permanent location, you can look for the food truck that makes several stops in Laredo.

Their most popular dishes are anything with Birria or homemade Mole and Machetes. We had their Steak and Barbacoa Machetes, Tacos Al Pastor, and Fajitas. You definitely need to make this stop a priority!

Kaitod Thai Kitchen

This Thai menu is full of gorgeous dishes with fresh ingredients and sizable portions.

You can order items such as:

  • Steamed Dumplings in Red Curry
  • Hibiscus Lemonade
  • Crispy Egg Rolls
  • Thai Iced Tea
  • Tom Yum Soup

If you need a break from Tex-Mex or Mexican restaurants, then Kai Tod Thai Chicken is your best bet!

Tacos Kissi Restaurant 

Tacos Kissi has everything on their menu, literally. Even sushi. You heard that right! A SUSHI restaurant fused with a Mexican menu. And it’s good too! Laredo is big on sushi, except the majority of locals do not like raw fish, so the menu is a fun combination of Tex-Mex ingredients and Japanese technique.

We tried:

  • The Monterrey Roll with Breaded Chicken
  • The Kissi Roll with Breaded Shrimp
  • The Chicken Boy with Stuffing Wrapped in Breaded Chicken

Shake things up a bit and pin this location to try something different but so good!

Plate of sushi and tacos

Vica’s Delights Bistro 

This super trendy, pink and blue, retro diner serves brunch, lunch, and even charcuterie boards! You’ll definitely fall in love with their Rose Latte!

Their menu includes items like French toast, omelets, croissants, and even Tres Leches Pancakes! Don’t miss out on their creative and tasty selection on your next Texas trip to Laredo!

Cori’s Sweet Pastry

Now, this you have got to see! They have all sorts of Pan Dulce flavors like Oreo, Peanut Butter, Chips A’hoy, Nutter Butter, Chocolate Abuelita, Dulce de Leche, and more. Not only do they have amazing flavors, but the presentation is a work of art, and you can pair them with Aguas Frescas to balance the sweetness!

Sal y Limon

Sal y Limon serves sweet and savory snacks for all sorts of palates. You can order Elotes and Esquites, pick from traditional ice cream flavors with fun toppings, get spicy candy cups with fruit, Tamarindo, and even Fresas con Crema.

They also have an area where you can hang out, eat, and enjoy live music.

The Best Coffee Shops in Laredo

Dosis Coffee

Grab a cup of coffee from the Latin American roasters at Dosis Coffee. They also have tasty baked goods that will be perfect paired with your cup of Joe. They have all the typical hot and cold coffee beverages inside this serenely painted orange and green coffee shop. There’s lots of lounging space whether you choose to get some work done, catch up with friends, meet a date, or just sit and catch your breath. 

Interior of Dosis Coffee

Casa Blanca Coffee

Casa Blanca Coffee has a cute farmhouse aesthetic with plenty of seating and chill music playing in the background. The staff was wonderful and very helpful in introducing us to their specialty coffee options like:

  • Camote Morado
  • Dulce De Leche
  • Orange Vanilla
  • Mexican Vanilla
  • The Lavender Latte

The cool thing about them is that it’s like a little community, where the staff knows customers by name.

Gloria’s Coffee Bar 

You can find them at the Golondrinas Food Truck Park. Gloria’s Coffee Bar is a Latina and LGBTQIA+ owned and operated coffee shop with mind blowing flavors that make up the most colorful and tasty coffee drinks.

We ordered their Fresita Rosa, made with strawberry, vanilla, and espresso, as well as their Japanese Duvalin with matcha, milk, and taro. So, give their eccentric coffee flavors a try!

Organic Man Coffee Trike

In front of this cute coffee shop in Laredo, you’ll find a little yellow bus that parks in different areas of Laredo. Not only do they source their coffee beans from all over the world, but they also roast them in-house!

Their menu consists of coffee drinks inspired by different cultures, such as:

  • Vietnamese Iced Coffee
  • Dirty Choconut Latte from the Netherlands
  • Turkish Style Coffee
  • Cafe de Olla from Mexico

If you’ve never tried Cafe de Olla, you are missing out, but don’t fret; you can still change that! 

Woman standing next to a retro, yellow bus

Best Restaurants & Food in Laredo: Final Thoughts

We enjoyed compiling this list, especially since we got to taste all of this delicious food! It was a difficult task, but we took our job very seriously to help you decide which places are worth a visit.

Keep in mind, we were not able to try all of the places mentioned above. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time or room in our bellies for all of it! Thankfully, we received lots of recommendations from locals and friends.

Now that you know all of the best places to eat in Laredo, skip the fast-food chains and indulge yourself in quality cuisine. Don’t forget to check out our list of things to do in Laredo for more inspiration, especially if you’re just visiting Laredo for the first time!

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