Eating Adventures in Port Aransas

With the renovations going on at the beach house, the kitchen was sealed up. I hid some cups and spoons in the dishwasher in case we needed water or wanted to eat the yogurt I purchased,  but that was about all that was happening in the kitchen this weekend.

All sealed up

All sealed up

So, we took the opportunity to eat at some new places. Here are the reviews:

Beach and Station Grill

Beach and Station Grill

The Beach and Station Grill, is at the corner of Beach and Station Streets. It was FABULOUS! Bruce ate there for dinner one night before the girls and I arrived and enjoyed what he ate so much, we returned for lunch the next day. I had the Grilled Shrimp and Avocado Salad. Bruce had the Grilled Shrimp Plate. The salad was mixed greens with avocado halves; would have liked to have seen some other veggies in the salad. The blue cheese dressing wasn’t the best and I’d try a different dressing next time. But the shrimp…was delicious! I’d go back just for that. We closed out the lunch with the Mile High Key Lime Pie. Also to die for.

Eating at Virginia's on the Bay

Eating at Virginia’s on the Bay

That night the kids requested Virginia’s on the Bay. It’s an old standby but Julia’s friend had never been with us, so we decided to introduce her to it. I tried something new – the prime rib. It was medium rare, and a little chewy. Julia had a fried chicken sandwich. Alicia had a burger. Bruce had the flounder with lobster sauce. Everyone enjoyed the meal. I don’t think I’d get the beef again. My usual is the Cajun Dump (crab legs, shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes), but at $30 this weekend, I thought it was over priced and opted for something else.

Island Cafe

Island Cafe

Sunday morning, we went looking for something besides Cancun Mexican Restaurant (which is a family favorite, but I can’t eat there because they cook everything with soybean oil and I’m allergic.) So, we ended up at the Island Cafe, which boasts the best breakfast on the island. It was fabulous! Julia said the pancakes were better than Kerbey Lane’s, which is saying something! I had a great ham and cheese omelet, Bruce had a Spanish Omelet with ranchero sauce. Alicia had biscuits with sausage gravy. We voted the hash browns best ever. So, we affirm the Island Cafe’s statement of the best breakfast on the island.

Bruce is continuing the adventure:

The Crazy Cajun: Informal, laid back. The signature meal is The Hungry Cajun, a shrimp and crab boil with sausage, corn and crawfish when in season. The meal is dumped right on the table!

The Crazy Cajun

The Crazy Cajun

Hungry Cajun

Hungry Cajun

Yep, the Cajun is no longer hungry.

Yep, the Cajun is no longer hungry.

 

He also tried Beaches Cafe and Bakery. The quote greeting you is ‘BBQ is a culture, not a concept.’ Clearly their specialty is BBQ but they also serve seafood and have some good lunch specials. He had the cod and crab cake. It was really well prepared but gave the condiments a B-. Cocktail sauce was a bit heavy on the catsup and the tartar sauce tasted like it was from a can. Even so, it was a good meal.

Beaches Lunch Specials

Beaches Lunch Specials

Beer on Tap

Beer on Tap

The meal - cod and crab cake.

The meal – cod and crab cake.

 

Tonight he ate at the Fish House but said the meal was forgettable. So, no pictures.

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