Picture this: you are having a hectic week and all you want to do is get out of town or have a change of scenery so you can relax while enjoying a margarita. While you may not be able to escape too far away, Weslaco has a small oasis by the name of Nana’s Taqueria.
Located on South International Boulevard and far enough from the busy highway, stepping into Nana’s Taqueria is like stepping into your own little pueblito filled with vibrant murals and papel picado. A soothing water fountain provided the melodies for our evening. The slight breeze was the perfect touch for a lovely dinner outside on Nana’s courtyard. We don't really get the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors during dinner time throughout the RGV summer months because we're typically sweating up a storm. So, on evenings like this, we'll take whatever we can get!
After a day absent of food, we immediately ordered a side of guacamole Mexicano (avocado with tomato, cilantro and jalapeño) and Nana's queso with homemade chips to subside the infamous Hangry monster. Thank goodness that once we ordered our appetizers, cups of piping hot charro beans showed up at our table, along with freshly made red and green salsas. Needless to say, the beans hit the spot!
Nana’s has an array of Mexican street foods, including of course, one of our favorite food groups, TACOS! We’ll get to the tacos in a bit, let us just tell you first about Nana’s Lonches. The verbatim translation of a lonche is "light snack", but to the folks down here on the border, a lonche is defined as tasty goodness. Lightly fried small bolillos (a.k.a. mini baguettes) are drizzled with refried black beans, stuffed with your meat of choice (beef or chicken preferably) and lettuce, tomato, queso cotija, avocado and drizzled with some seriously good crema. If you want an extra kick, pickled carrots and a green spicy salsa are essential! Depending on your hunger or the time of day, an average order has about 3 or 5 lonches.
We know that you know that we didn't stop there. Truly, we had no choice. Seriously, life is much too short, so when Texas Monthly votes Nana's Big Taco as "one of the 120 tacos you MUST eat before you die" we willingly obliged. Along with a side of fresh Pico de Gallo (Nana's adds diced avocado and an extra treat) our dining group of four also indulged in a Chicken Taco Combo (four corn tacos with shredded chicken, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, cilantro and a baked potato), Tacos de Tripa and some diced steak tacos before washing them down with an agua fresca de Jamaica, a Mexican Coke and some iced waters with lime.
For those of you who have a sweet tooth, choose from Mexican desserts like flan or chocoflan, Tres Leches, or a churro with your choice of La Lechera Condensed Milk, cajeta, strawberry jam or chocolate and nuts. Looking for something on the smaller scale, Nana’s has you covered. As you step up to the cash register, there are shelves filled with Mexican candy like Duvalin, Gansitos, Paleta Payaso, Skwinkles, marzipan (basically any sweet you can think of) screaming at you and tempting to you to reminisce the sweetness of your childhood.
If you got a big family or just a bit of hunger, Nana’s Taqueria has you covered with their Lonche Lunes and Taco Tuesday specials. For just $20 get an order of 20 lonches or tacos with all their fixings on their designated days. If you thought McD’s had you covered with their $20 deal, this one right here is Queen! INSIDER’S TIP: Call a few hours before to make sure you put your order in. We saw quite a few folks walking out with their boxes of lonches while we were having dinner.
Nana’s Taqueria is located at 1802 South International Boulevard, Weslaco, TX. Their hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information, you can contact them at (956) 447-2798 or follow them on their social media platforms @nanastaqueria to learn more about daily specials and new menu items.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.