Week 4 of #Quarantinelife and we’re all still adhering to our RGV counties’ shelter-in-place ordinances, in order to do our part to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our entire community safe and healthy. That being said, we’d be lying if we pretended not to be mourning the days of our foodie ventures and evening/weekend outings. However, thanks in part to the occasional Google Hangouts video chats and some of our most cherished, local eateries, we’ve been able to keep that flame of hope burning for the day that we are all able to once again gather together to celebrate life in a joyous, social setting.

So, throughout this mandated time at home, we will continue to highlight some of our favorite places that are currently open and offering both delivery and curbside services. For this week’s feature, we are taking it back to the culinary scene in downtown McAllen at The Gremlin, owned and operated by mixed media artist, Antonio Reyna, and Chef Alyssa Cantu. Our first visit to The Gremlin was back in November of 2018 and, fortunately, for all of us, they are still going strong and their fan base is growing by the minute! During our current situation of limited dining options, The Gremlin is offering street food menu faves and cold brews to satisfy our cravings. In addition to their regular menu items (Tuesday-Saturday) and brunch menu on Sundays, they have beer growlers at $25 (refills at $20), $2 beers on Tuesdays, and weekly family platter options like: fried chicken, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, hamburgers, and barbecue. Oh, and don’t forget to catch some of the virtual music performances they have lined up for all of us to enjoy.

The Gremlin is conveniently located on the corner of 16th and Dallas at 322 S 16th St, McAllen, TX 78501. Choose from The Gremlin's variety of creative menu options, any Tuesday through Saturday evening from 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m and Sundays from 11:00 a,m.-2:00 p.m. for brunch options. This incredible gem is currently closed on Mondays. For more information and daily updates, contact them at (956) 330-8582 and follow them on their social media outlets via Instagram and Facebook.


Now, let’s take a closer look back at our original, favorable experience at The Gremlin


*originally published in November 2018*

Holiday weekends are intended to be filled with friends, family and cheer. Well, this last one was no exception. What better way to celebrate than while dining with some of your favorite people, on delicious street eats, at the coolest new cozy eatery and beer garden in town. Right? Glad we all agree, dear readers. So, of course, we did just that and found our way over to The Gremlin.

This new beer garden and kitchen, owned and operated by mixed media artist Antonio Reyna, was repurposed from a 100-year old home into a restaurant specializing in international street foods, with a variety of craft beers on draft and wines to complement those bites.


*Via Messenger*

Trisha: Almost done at work. Thoughts on dinner?

Gaby: The Gremlin?

Trisha: Perfect! Love being on the same wavelength.

Gaby: lol Yaaass! See you there.


Upon arrival, you'll see parking availability to the rear of the building or alongside the side and front entrance. There is outdoor seating available on patio tables and a sense of home immediately upon entering The Gremlin.

We dove right in and said, “Yes” to the entire menu! We started off with some Gremlin Fries with some sprinkled curry and dipping sauce. Then anxiously moved on to the delectable Stuffed Dates. By no means did we stop there. I mean, really, after the delight our taste buds had just experienced, how could we?!

We progressed to the Poke Bowl (vegetarian option also available), the Choripan (chorizo sausage in a mini bread bun), the addictive Lumpia (Filipino Spring Rolls with dipping sauce and lettuce), a couple of Avotostadas and some

Beer Brats with Mustards (aka Bratwurst!).

All menu items at The Gremlin are inspired by international street foods paired perfectly with their eclectic playlist, and live performances by new artists and DJs.

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 dishin.it.956@gmail.com.