Sitting on the north bank of the Rio Grande on the southern end of Texas, Laredo usually gets written off as a border town with not a lot happening. Think again. The 2010 census marked Laredo, TX as the tenth-most populous city in Texas with over 236,191 people. In the recent years, Laredo has made significant strides, growing into being a destination for many Texans all over the state. Here’s another 12 hour tour to give you a peek into Laredo’s exciting features.
Breakfast: La Fonda de Don Martin
9652 McPherson Rd.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make your breakfast count at La Fonda de Don Martin. Breakfast is served daily 7am – 11am, with all dishes under $10! Try the local favorite, Chilaquiles Toluqueños, or any of their breakfast tacos served on fresh tortillas. Pair your delicious breakfast with some freshly squeezed orange juice to finish off your morning right.
Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
5102 Bob Bullock Loop
Enjoy the fresh outdoors with a variety of activities at Lake Casa Blanca. From water-skiing and swimming to hiking and geocaching, this state park has something for people of all ages to explore. Grab a bike or put on your hiking shoes and follow the park’s trails through gorgeous landscapes! General admission for adults is $4; children 12 years and under get in free.
Lunch: Lolitas Bistro
6950 McPherson Rd.
A highly esteemed crowd pleaser, Lolitas offers a wide variety of satisfying lunch options. Between Cuban sandwiches and three cheese lobster macaroni, this retro-style bistro is sure to please. Don’t forget to order desert! Lolita’s is known for having the best crêpes in town, serving both banana cajeta crepes and Nutella strawberry crêpes to top off a decadent lunch.
Laredo Center for the Arts
500 San Agustin Ave.
Located in the old City Hall built in 1884, the Center for the Arts showcases local and national artists interchangeably throughout the year. Admission is free, and the Center is open 9am – 5pm Tuesday through Friday and 10am – 5pm Saturdays. The main exhibits currently are Mundos Imaginarios, the 20th Annual Journalism and Online Media Photography Exhibition, and Monumentos de Nuevo Laredo. If you are visiting on the weekend, the Laredo Center for the Arts offers $5 sketching classes the first three Fridays of each month and art classes the first three Saturdays of each month.
Dinner: Laredo Pizza Factory
9652 McPherson Rd.
Looking for something a little more casual but with the same quality taste? Laredo Pizza Factory is the best pizza in Laredo and surrounding areas. The fried pickles and Buffalo pizza are staples in this town, and a nice change of pace from the usual Tex-Mex outing. If you are feeling extra bold, order the Hawaiian pie to add some sweetness to the savory flavor.
Rumors Country Bar and Patio
9802 McPherson Rd.
After dinner, scoot right down the road to Rumors Country Bar and Patio to get your groove on. Hopefully you brought your cowboy boots, because this honky tonk destination is a town favorite. Grab a “beer-rita,” enjoy some live music, and end your night on the right note.
— By Macy Bayern