Louie's Backyard, has been entertaining and feeding tourists and locals alike for as long as I've been coming to South Padre.
If you are a visitor - it's a "must do" before you go home. Summer offers Friday night fireworks viewing from their fabulous deck overlooking the lower Laguna Madre. The marvelous display of the stunning South Padre sunset is applauded nightly by viewers as it sinks over the horizon. It's a beauty and the unhampered view from Louie's is as good a spot to view it as I've ever seen. It's a huge venue. I've had a party of 28, a party of 7, and a party of 4 - all had good times and good food and were handled equally well by the industrious wait staff at Louie's. When we take guests, we tend to do their extensive seafood buffet and dine on the deck. With generous provisions of prime rib, fried shrimp, peel-your-own shrimp, crab legs, blackened fish, fried fish, scallops, an array of pasta salads, succulent fresh fruits, salad bar, potato bar...it's sure to please those with the need to stuff themselves silly. I, personally, wouldn't rate it gourmet quality - but it is consistently good and plentiful. In the depths of summer, it can be pretty hot, despite the many whirring ceiling fans. Be prepared - and keep the drinks flowing (alternate in some water!) to remain hydrated. Most people from Memorial Day to Labor Day, on Friday nights, plan their dining around being on-site at 9:15 for the fireworks. Plan accordingly - tables don't turn often that night!
I've gone to Louie's as a "local" and eaten inside in the a/c. (much more comfortable, but not as scenic) They have a full and varied menu and one of my favorite items is their Mexican Style Shrimp Cocktail. I can make a meal of it - muy bueno! I've had my share of frozen margaritas at Louie's and they were tasty as well. There is a kid's menu, but we found, once (the party of 28), that they did not offer the kid's menu on Friday night for some reason. They were kind enough (because we had a large group of special needs kids) to make an exception and got the kids what they wanted (the few who didn't want the buffet). Bless them....because that could have been a big problem! That was 5 years ago though...the kids are grown now and they want that buffet!
I never have room for dessert - but one year for my son's birthday, they brought out The Bomb - a chocolate brownie based explosion of chocolate deliciousness. If you have room - I can vouch for it being a yummy selection!
After the parental units return to their condo, the adult "kids" often return for after hours live music or DJ and drinks. They take The Wave home and always declare that they have a blast. I can't vouch for the music, the dancing, or anything beyond a dinner drink...but the boys always seem to have a grand time.
Their website provides a list of scheduled entertainment - and it looks quite extensive! I think I'll have to make a point of taking in some of the offerings... a Luau night, Mariachis, Karaoke, a locals Sports Bar with over 60 televisions and big screens...WOW. I've been missing out!
Whether you are a visitor or a local - Louie's Backyard is sure to be a good time. Louie's is only open for restaurant dining in the evening (no lunch service) and their website says they are closed on Sunday. The Sports Bar is open 7 days - and opens at noon on the week-ends. You can't miss the big pink building at 2305 Laguna Blvd. It's packed in the summer, but Fall is a wonderful time on the island. I'll be looking forward to sitting on the deck in my shorts and flip flops in November, watching those beautiful sunsets, with a frosty margarita in my hand!
(photo from Google Images)
SPI FLIP FLOP FOODIE RATING:
3 1/2 – Pretty Yummy - I feel my flip flops wanting to head back from time to time!