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The 14 Best American Restaurants Near McAllen

Updated: August 23, 2022

Hankering for a hamburger or a tasty hot dog? These are the best McAllen restaurants for American cuisine. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. If glasses of bloody mary and plates of crawfish sound like a good time head to these fantastic options in McAllen.

Find the perfect American restaurant

Santa Fe Steakhouse & Cantina

New American, $$$, McAllenNew American, $$$McAllen
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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The Patio on Guerra

American, $$$, McAllenAmerican, $$$McAllen
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Super Burgers

American, McAllenAmericanMcAllen
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

PRIME Steak & Seafood

New American, McAllenNew AmericanMcAllen
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Bodega Tavern & Kitchen

New American, $$$, McAllenNew American, $$$McAllen
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Cowboy Chicken

American, $, McAllenAmerican, $McAllen
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

ProteinHouse - McAllen

New American, $$, McAllenNew American, $$McAllen
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Bubba's 33

American, $$, McAllenAmerican, $$McAllen
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5

Wallbangers Burger Bar

American, $$, McAllenAmerican, $$McAllen
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5

University Draft House - Town Lake McAllen

American, McAllenAmericanMcAllen
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.5

Suerte Bar & Grill Uptown

American, McAllenAmericanMcAllen
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.0

If you travel further

Fiesta Burger

American, HidalgoAmericanHidalgo
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 5.0

Southern Fried

American, $, MissionAmerican, $Mission
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

On The Grill Restaurant

American, $$, PharrAmerican, $$Pharr
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

Why is this list better than others?

Figuring out the best American restaurants can take awhile. We pored over ratings for 1254 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in McAllen and 9 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Three Best Rated had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. These top contenders have appeared in Three Best Rated - 3 Best Steak Houses in McAllen, TX. As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Most common questions

There are 78 American restaurants in McAllen.

Toni Burger, Sweet Temptations, and The Patio on Guerra are some of the highest-rated late-night American spots in McAllen.

Sweet Temptations, The Patio on Guerra, and House Wine & Bistro are the highest-rated American restaurants for a date night in McAllen.

Toni Burger, Sweet Temptations, and The Patio on Guerra are the highest-rated American restaurants that serve breakfast in McAllen.

The Patio on Guerra, House Wine & Bistro, and Republic of The Rio Grande are the highest-rated upscale restaurants for American cuisine in McAllen.

Drink pairing tips

  • Enjoy fried chicken with Kentucky 75

    To elevate your fried chicken experience, we recommend some Kentucky 75 to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this cocktail cuts the fat of the fried skin.

  • Vieux Carre and heavy meat dish


    When considering how to best enjoy your heavy meat dish, we would highlight how well a glass of Vieux Carre complements the dish as it cuts through the heaviness of the dish.


  • The ultimate drink pairing for shellfish


    Finding the ideal drink pairing for shellfish can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some white wine, particularly a glass of Chardonnay. This, strong and acidic, white wine balances the creamy shellfish.

Factoids

  • A match made in heaven: Spanish granache & mac and cheese

    Surely you’ve tried Spanish granache with your mac and cheese? It’s a classic pairing.

  • A taste for luxury

    The mac and cheese which costs $200, can be ordered at the Barton G.

  • A popular dish

    When in The United States it would be criminal not to try out the hamburger. GIve it a go so you can say you had the full experience.

Parking info

Finding parking in McAllen can be tricky, especially if you are going out for food. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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