Seafood and Spaghetti Works (Bruce’s Yelp Review)
Inside the new dome at the Seafood and Spaghetti Works
Categories: Pizza, Italian, Seafood
If you’re familiar with my reviews, you know about my beach rules. Basically, I grade on a curve. Quality tends to suffer in beach towns due to the lack of competition and uneven seasonable customer loads. I rate against the other establishments in the area.This place has been around a long time, a block or so down, but the name is new (it used to be Jakes Seafood and Spaghetti Works, and a few other names, I think). It’s a Port Aransas institution. Everyone knows about the restaurant in the dome.I have had many of their fish dishes in the past. I don’t think they’re great, or terrible. Just meh, like most of the places in Port Aransas. I wanted to step out and try some other things on the menu.I got a margarita, rocks salt… came frozen, and was a little too sweet. Good ingredients; poor execution. OK drink.I got the salad bar. It was great before, with fresh bread and a couple of nice soups. It’s great now. Sometimes, it’s hard to keep a salad bar fresh in the off season, but they pulled it off. I didn’t partake of the bread, but it’s hot and fresh and the other patrons were raving about it.
I ordered a couple of appetizers instead of dinner. The first came out: tuna with some good sauces drizzled on and pepper slices on top. It was absolutely sunning in presentation, and I am a big tuna fan. But it was a disappointment. Tuna when prepared well is supposed to melt in your mouth. This was cooked a little too long, or at the wrong temperature, and the result showed. It was still ok.
I also ordered the oysters parmesan. This dish caught my attention. They were served over spinach and with parmesan and other cheeses on top. They were perfectly cooked and flavorful. I liked them.
Oysters Parmesean Appetizer
The new digs are nice. They don’t have the quirky charm of the old slightly creaky dome, but the structure is grand and impressive, with a nice view and a very large serving room.
All in all, it’s a decent option in Port Aransas. It’s not the best, but there are lots of worse options in town. If you want to check out an institution and a cool touristy experience, or if you’re willing to do do a simple dish or a good salad bar, this is a good bet.
Three solid tunas. Beach rules round up… in Port A, you could do much worse.