road trip--Austin to Corpus
We are going on a Texas trip and were looking for some suggestions along the way... I tried the "texas" board but didn't get much of a response yet.
We're going to Victoria for lunch, then driving to Goose Island State Park, so we're looking for good spots along that route. We are then heading to Mustang Island State Park, so we're looking for places on the way/ near there. And finally, we'll be visiting Corpus because I need my picture taken with Selena's statue.
Any help would be appreciated, especially for things we'd be likely not to know about. Which is actually everything, come to think about it. :)
One small caveat is that I am a vegetarian and my boyfriend eats (and loves) fish. I know that's a big one, but we like eating off the menus of non-vegetarian restaurants as long as they have a couple things .
While you are in Port Aransas [north end of Mustang Island] try Cafe Phoenix on Beach Street. It is fresh, and several vegetarian selections are ususally available. The fish dishes when I've been there have been enjoyed by everyone, and they are accomodating for specal diets including gluten free diets.
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La Playa in Port Aransas is wonderful mexican food. We used to have a place in Rockport and whenever we'd drive to Port-A we'd go to the beach, then to La Playa, and then a candy store I'm sorry to say I can't remember the name of. La Playa has really good food and you should definitely get their guacamole. They make it right in front of you and it is the best guacamole I've ever had, which is saying a whole lot as I am a huge guacamole fan.
Fun trip. If you take 183 out of Austin, you can pass through Port A on your way to Corpus. You will also g through Lockhart, Luling, Gonzales, Cuero, Goliad, Refugio and Aransas Pass.
In Corpus I like the Tango Tea Rooom (http://www.tangofandango.com/) for vegetarian. Both the huge cucumber and mango spring rolls I had and the curry were great.
In Port A, as mentioned above, I've heard good things about cafe Phoenix, and La Playa is wonderful. They are also across the street from each other. La Playa has fantastic strawberry margaritas and amazing flan. I didn't know flan could be that rich, it makes other flans taste like flan flavored jello. Shells in Port A also makes a good fish sandwich (maybe lunch only). I haven't had it, so I don't know what type of fish (ahi?), but everyone I know who's eaten orders it again and again.
Bayside (tiny town between Refugio and Aransas Pass has a good sandwich shop called Crofuts which sells gigantic and equally delicious ranger cookies. And speaking of desserts, in Refugio L&L BBQ has a buttermilk pie (I think that's what it's called), that's amazing. I think the owner said it's a family recipe that's won pie contests.
If you drive through Rockport at dinner time, check out Latitude 2802 for dinner. We've enjoyed their food for years. Your boyfriend could try their "Fish Gilroy." If you drive through Rockport in the morning, get some donuts at Donut Palace. (Don't laugh, they're my favorite!)
I went to Corpus last week and Snoopy's was our last meal. Oh so good! The fried oysters were divine! I wish I had ordered a plate of just those. Be ready for a long wait and it's cash only, but it's worth it.
In Port A we ate at Trout Street Bar & Grill. I had a shrimp pasta and the shrimp was so flavorful and wonderful. The place was a bit expensive, but I thought it was good.
If you are looking for a true foodie destination, I suggest you go to Cheyrl's By the Bay in Rockport-Fulton. This place is the best. They have steak, seafood and vegitarian offerings. They offer a good wine list as well. The Shrimp Coconut Curry w/ East Indian Condiments will impress no doubt. It worked for me. I would go here over any of the other suggestions for seafood and vegitarian fare.
I go to Aransas Pass all the time and love the food stops along the way. Of course, you have the 4 bbq joints in 'Lockhart, Krautz (don't know how to spell it), Blacks, Smitty's and Chisolm Trail. Few people mention Chisolm Trail, but the owner there grew up cooking at Blacks. Most of the locals eat there. I like it and Smitty's best. There's a really good fried chicken joint in Lockhart too... Can't remember the name. In Luling, you have City Market which is very good. In Gonzales, you have the Gonzales Food Market, which has become my favorite bbq joint. Great sausage, brisket and I really like the bbq sauce. You can even buy the sausage raw and take it home and grill it....
In Cuero, about 1/2 way through town on the right going south is an Exxon station that serves food. I like the catfish and the fried chicken...
Someone mentioned Crofut's in Bayside and it is great. We had a breakfast sandwich, egg, cheese and meat on a home made bun. Sandwich with 1 egg is $2.80 with 2 eggs is $2.95. Cinimmon rolls to die for and the homemade bread.
In Sinton, we visited Rudy's which won the national contest for brisket on Regis and Kelly show. The brisket was very good. The sauce was a little sweet but still very good. He use's presek's sausage and I really don't care for that.
In Aransas Pass, don't miss Pepito's for mexican food. Really good queso and salsa.
For breakfast, try Grandma's Kitchen for that home style cooking, with homemade bread. Or try the old standby, The Bakery downtown by the HEB. There's also a little place called theM&J Home Town Grill in the old Pizza Hut, which has home style cooking. I know that they use the Sheila Partin sourdough buns for their hamburgers. Can't be beat.
On Port A, I like Castaways for fried shrimp and oysters.
The Island Cafe there has great breakfasts and San Juan Mexican Food there is great. Some of the best salsa around...