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Best Places to Eat on S. Padre Island?

alittlezaftig Jun 23, 2008 01:37 PM

I've been to S. Padre many times and always end up eating at the same couple of places.
Manuels (in Port Isabel) which is the best Tex-Mex breakfast anywhere in the world, and the Sea Ranch which is always packed. Anyone have any other favorites on the island?

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    luniz Jun 23, 2008 02:10 PM

    ahh darn I was gonna say Manuel's. Doubt anything's gonna top that.

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      alittlezaftig Jun 23, 2008 02:19 PM

      You're right! I could just eat there everyday! Even the chips and guac are heavenly.

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      judiftx1 Jun 24, 2008 11:39 AM

      Here is some information that I saved from an old post :

      We, too, love to get fresh seafood from B&A in Port Isabel and do some cooking ourselves. They make their own cocktail sauce, loved it. Didn't get to try their ceviche.
      Wanna Wanna was our new discovery. We sat on the Gulf side under a thatched roof with cool breezes. It was too warm at the tables under the awning. The menu includes burgers, fresh fried shrimp and fish, ceviche featuring shrimp, fish, cilantro, avocado and tomato, nachos which are really chips and queso and corndog. All were yummy. 5100 Gulf Blvd
      Wahoo Saloon on the bayside was as cool as ever. The menu features ceviche same as Wanna Wanna but the cumin moves it up a notch for me, angus beef burgers, chicago hot dogs, marinated grilled chicken sandwich (I don't know what is in the marinade, but the chicken comes out tender and juicy) and boiled shrimp that was so sweet I felt I had just put a packet of sugar in my mouth. We take our children, but arrive around 6:30 or so and spend the time waiting for sunset eating and drinking while they play on the beach. If you arrive too late, management will not let you in with children. 201 W Pike St
      De Luna never disappoints for fine dining. Chef De Luna is internationally recognized and the restaurant caters to the Monterrey crowd who arrive later in the evening 9-10pm. We eat so much earlier than that and literally have the restaurant to ourselves. We sip martinis watch the boat traffic and the sunset. We feasted on Hawaiian Poke (Pokee) sashimi tuna, sesame, crunchy light seaweed, avocado and mango with leaves from a plant from the mustard family to make wraps. That was a flavor I've never experienced and loved. My daughter always gets the beef carpaccio. Fresh tasting beef with excellent balsamic vinegar and capers. Their dipping sauce for bread is made with the same balsamic vinegar and oil and is thick. A stand out entree was the shrimp in light rosemary oil with risotto. Perfect risotto. When we go back in October I want to try the lamb with indian spices. There is a lighter fare restaurant in the bar area that is cheaper and seems really popular at the earlier time of day but we haven't tried it yet. 201 W Coral

      Try Scampi's also

      We ran out of time and did not get to try Dirty Al's

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        alittlezaftig Jun 24, 2008 03:05 PM

        Thank you for that well researched reply. I've never been to De Luna, nor have I heard of it, but sounds like a winner. Will try to go there next week. Looking for something besides the usual fried shrimp with fries basket. I love B&A as well.

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        robbie6805 Jun 24, 2008 12:55 PM

        BlackBeards, it's on 103 E Saturn Ln in SPI. It's a fun place to eat at.

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          orbitron Jun 25, 2008 08:58 AM

          Wanna Wanna has good ceviche and their fried shrimp and tilapia is good - but it is def a fry em up with little freshness. I had the blackened redfish at Scampi's and it was good as well. If you're looking for fresh light summer food you are on the wrong island - the food is fried and heavy but you are in south texas baby!!!

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            justplainbored Jul 1, 2008 06:03 PM

            On our last trip we ate at Daddy's and it might be the worst red snapper I have ever had in my life. It was clearly frozen and then over cooked - tasted like chicken. The crawfish were not tasty and the chicken fettucine was a less than adequate portion. But the Mahi was done well. Batting one out of 4 - conclusion: that was our last time going to Daddy's.

            Don't know what happened to Dirty Al's. Last year we loved it - but appears to be closed now.

            We love going to the Dolphin Bay Oyster Bar inside Isla Blanca park. It's real low key, open air, but great boiled shrimp and oysters and a wide variety of beers.

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            1. re: justplainbored
              hellpaso Jul 2, 2008 11:03 AM

              dirty al's had a fire a while back so that's why it's closed.

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              CamtheBarjack Jul 2, 2008 12:50 PM

              If your looking for burrittos or breakfast taco, In PI there is a little place called Maria's(small hole in the wall) Its to the left behind the light house. Really great a dollar or so for great tacos the size of a dinner plate.

              If you ever go deep sea fishing and you have a live catch that yo want cooked after its been cleaned. GO TO THE GRAINRY(sp?) its the cheapest with the best cooks who know how to handle fresh caught fish and will make it any way you want it.

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