McAllen is in the midst of a restaurant boom. There have never been as many options for great food and drinks as there are right now, with new places seemingly popping up every month. While I love to explore everything new, there’s something to be said for revisiting tried-and-true favorites.
With this in mind I returned to El Divino this week to try something new. Executive Chef Eugenio Uribe and Beverage Director Chris Galicia devise new menus each season–a great reason to come back often.
For my entree, I had Divino’s take on a classic fried chicken sandwich, which was phenomenal. The chicken was perfectly fried: moist but not oily on the inside, crispy and well seasoned on the outside. It was accompanied by fresh, crunchy lettuce and pickles, and served on a fluffy bun. This place is known for steaks, seafood and all kinds of creative fare, but they also make a mean chicken sandwich.
I washed down my entree with a smooth whiskey from their ample selection (Woodford Reserve Double Oaked) and one of this season’s new happy hour cocktails: the Leave Me Bee. Made with scotch, pineapple, lemon and honey, it’s a refreshing, well-balanced drink that’s not as sweet as that ingredient list might suggest.
Aside from the new seasonal menus, if you haven’t been back to El Divino in a while you might not know about their new late night menu, frequent liquor tastings and specialty dinners. In fact, this Tuesday they’re hosting a five course Highland Park Scotch Dinner and a few seats are still available ($100 per person).
While you’ll always find me exploring the newest restaurants and bars in town, I hope you’ll join me in revisiting well-established favorites like this one as well.
Disclosure: El Divino covered the cost of my dinner in exchange for this review. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.