Borderland is a word that you hear a lot in El Paso, a sprawling West Texas city situated at the boundary between Mexico and the United States. The borderland region is symbolically defined by a hotly-contested crossing from El Paso into metropolitan Ciudad Juarez, but in reality, these two cities have been intertwined both culturally and historically throughout the ages. Ideas and people flow continuously back and forth here. In fact, before the pandemic, crossing the Texas border was a fairly simple process for Americans who enjoyed visiting Mexico for a meal.
Topsail Island’s Shaka Tacos Savor local seafood at this surf shop turned taco stand in North Carolina. Story by Katie DeTar My annual spring vacation to Topsail Island, North Carolina delivers much-anticipated joys of the seaside. But during my most recent trip, the focus unexpectedly shifted from tanning to tacos.
The best Southern food isn’t always where you’d expect. While the region certainly does have its award-winning restaurants, some of the best dishes come from humble roadside eateries and even inside gas stations. While not entirely a Southern phenomenon, we’ve certainly perfected the gas station eats. And each state offers something different.