Because Mom deserves the Best

by Oscar Castillo

 

Mother’s Day is all about treating that special lady in your life to a good time. It’s nice to just kick back and go out for some good food while reminiscing about life and just enjoying each other’s company. A great way to bond over yummy food is to go out for brunch. Brunch is that early afternoon treat that usually involves taking care of your sweet tooth. We’re all about our food, so we thought we’d mention a couple great options for your brunch with mom.

To start off, Delicias De La Tierra offers a grand variety as well as many healthy options. From eggs in a variety of formats to wraps, salads, sandwiches, and soups, Delicias has something for everyone. Every item on the menu can be as healthy as you want with their many choices for a personalized meal. Don’t forget to accompany your meal with a healthy juice. Delicias also features pancakes and waffles as well as oatmeal and fruit salads for a sweeter palate. If we’re talking about pancakes however, one can never go wrong with IHOP. The International House of Pancakes is a safe bet when you’re craving that sweet treat. With endless cups of coffee, it’s a great place to relax and spend the afternoon.

For something a bit heartier, Paulita’s is a Laredo classic. Paulita’s restaurant has made a name for itself thanks to it delicious and enormous breakfast tacos. From bacon and egg to beans and cheese, each taco is deliciously crafted around their delicious handmade flour tortillas which just hit the spot. Another great option is La Finca, Bruncheria and Café. They have authentic Mexican favorites such as chilaquiles, and other delicious morsels as their French toast with fresh fruit, omelets, and toasted biscuits. Of course, no good brunch is complete without a good mimosa or piña colada, so keep your spirits up this mother’s day and let mom know exactly how much you love her by treating her to a nice meal.

 

Delicias De La Tierra offers a grand variety as well as many healthy options. From eggs in a variety of formats to wraps, salads, sandwiches, and soups, Delicias has something for everyone.

Make your tastebuds dance…

by Fernanda Alvarado

From kitchen to table, Chef Sabas Martinez makes sure that every dish that comes out of his kitchen is perfected before reaching his customers. For this piece, Chef Martinez created a stuffed trout on a bed of risotto and bacon wrapped asparagus.

Originally from Torreon, Coahuila, Chef Martinez grew up watching his grandmother cook food the way no one else could. He’s been in Laredo for years learning from every chef he’s worked with to learn new techniques and create his own touch. For this dish, his inspiration goes back to his roots: his grandmother. “Of course, it isn’t the same because she was better, but I try to make it similar,” Chef Martinez chuckled.

He starts off creating the risotto cooking it slowly over a medium heat with some chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Then he goes on to blanch the asparagus and immediately after shocks it in ice water. Three asparagus are rolled into one with a piece of bacon and roasted to brown the bacon. Lastly, Chef Martinez takes a special blend of paprika, chili powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper and spreads it over the butterflied trout. He then adds the crab to the spice mixture. He takes it to the oven at 450 degrees for about five to seven minutes. To add the finishing touch, as soon as the trout is out of the oven, Chef Martinez adds butter and sea salt and places it under the broiler so that the crispy skin can be the first bite you get. For an added flavor, he finishes it off with a lemon sauce with chopped garlic and butter over top.

Chef Martinez recommends patrons to eat the trout with the skin. Eating the skin of a fish might not sound appealing, but trout is one of the few fish where eating the skin is okay. Plus, with it being crispy, buttery, and sea-salty it is probably the best part of the dish…TRUST US!

Chef Martinez and his team at Border Foundry make sure that everyone that walks through the restaurant doors feels their visit has been the best they’ve had. Every dish is made with attention and to perfection.

Pay them a visit at 7718 McPherson Rd, you won’t regret it!

History in the heart of Laredo

by Fernanda Alvarado

In historic downtown Laredo, there exists a nook that not many think about. A couple of blocks away from the notable San Agustin Cathedral, there sits a building with a long line of history and tradition.

The Tack Room, owned by the Fasken family and part of La Posada Hotel, has served different purposes throughout the years. It was the first telephone exchange building serving both Laredo and Nuevo Laredo just eight years after Alexander Graham Bell obtained the first telephone patent. It was then a fully operational restaurant since 1982 when it was purchased and converted into a steakhouse.

When you first walk through the saloon style doors, you will be transported back in time. To the left, there is a curved bar with a smooth wooden table top facing a great stained glass picture of jockeys and horse racing. Decorating each side of the bar are the shelves of scotch, bourbon, whiskey, and cognac making the perfect setting to a night filled with laughter, liquor, and luxury. This is the Tack Room, a restaurant that has witnessed history and served celebrities throughout the years.

The legend goes that back in the days, the Tack Room, a lovely Victorian style home, used to serve as the meeting point for the late former Mayor Aldo Tatangelo and friends who would go to Nuevo Laredo and place bets at the horse races in the Hipodromo racetrack. After the races, they’d come back to the Tack Room and drink liquor, smoke cigars, and eat good food.

By definition, a tack room is a room in a stable building where saddles, bridles, and other equipment are kept. As such, the Tack Room has kept everything in their establishment as authentic as possible while providing excellent customer service to everyone that walks through their doors. Just ask Don Manuel, who’s served at the Tack Room for twenty-five years and has every customer asking for his special, one of a kind customer service.

The Tack Room prides itself in being the most unique steakhouse in the entire state. They have served Laredo for thirty-six years with always fresh ingredients and top of the line beef. With a veranda that overlooks one of the oldest and most historic plazas in Texas, San Agustin Plaza, this legendary restaurant stands out as one of the best.

Executive Chef Armando Paredes prepares each dish as it is ordered and makes sure each dish is prepared to perfection. Tack Room’s most popular dish is their succulent prime rib eye with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley. However, their updated menu offers customers a selection of gourmet sauces that combine subtle, savory flavors with steaks that melt in your mouth.

Add to that a selection of fine wines, a salad bar that is always crisp and fresh and exceptional service and you’ve got a combination that’s an easy winner over any other steak-slinging establishment.

With the complimentary valet parking and delicious food, there is no excuse not to try the best steakhouse in town!

 

The facade of The Tack Room, on Zaragoza Street in historic downtown Laredo.

 

 Assortment of cocktails and freshly baked bread.

Surf and Turf, like every dish on the menu is prepared to perfection by Executive Chef Armando Paredes.