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RESTAURANT REVIEWS

To find most of my local restaurant reviews you can either:

1. Search the name of the restaurant in the Search box at the top of this page

2. Click on this link for Urbanspoon where you will find most (but not all) of the reviews in chronological order.

OR

3. Link via this list below! I'll try to keep it updated.

RESTAURANT REVIEWS - ALPHABETICAL ORDER - WITH DATE OF POST

Comments in red as of 2014!

Summer 2014 Adventures in dining with grandkids! - an overview, incl. activities!
Bada Bing Bagels 10/21/2010 Delicious breakfast sandwiches
Blackbeard's 4/28/2012

Blackbeard’s 12/24/2010
Blackbeard’s 9/26/2010

BurgerFi 8/22/2013

Cafe Kranzler 2/5/2012 (April 2015 New Location on Island!)
Cafe Kranzler 7/26/2011

Café Kranzler 11/5/2010

Cafe on the Beach at Palms Resort 9/15/2012 Beautiful view - good food!

Cafe on the Beach at Palms Resort 6/19/2012
Café on the Beach at Palms Resort 12/6/2010

Café on the Beach at Palms Resort 10/15/2010

Captain Donut 8/5/2013 (OMG - go there)

Cap’n Roy’s 1/2/2011

Cap’n Roy’s 12/9/2010
Cap’n Roy's 10/1/2010

Causeway Cafe - Port Isabel 2/20/2015 (Outstanding! - Nice ambiance!)

Chef House - 1/16/2014 Update 5/2015 - Closed at this location

Chef House - 9/26/2012 Update 5/2015 Closed on Island Update 11/2013 - now located on the island! 

Clayton's Beach Bar 6/15/2014 (less about the food and more about the fun)

Clayton's Beach Bar & Grill 7/7/2011

Chef's Fresh Mexican Food 11/2012 (moved to Travel Lodge)
Daddy’s 3/10/2011, Updated 6/22/2013 (excellent lunch spot!)


Dirty Al’s – SPI 2/17/2011 (best fried shrimp in the area - all locations!)

Dirty Al’s 8/30/2010

Dirty Al's at Pelican Station - Port Isabel 7/4/2011 (our favorite location)

Dirty Al's at Pelican Station - Port Isabel 6/30/2011
Dirty Al's at Pelican Station Revisited - Port Isabel 5/22/2011
Dirty Al’s at Pelican Station – Port Isabel 1/22/2011

Gabriella's 8/8/2012 (one of my top 5 dining choices)

Gabriella's 11/5/2011

Gabriella's 7/9/2011
Gabriella's 5/25/2011
Gabriella’s 10/29/2010

Gabriella’s 8/30/2010
Grapevine Cafe' 7/2/11 (we are regulars for breakfast - always good)
Grapevine Café 2/8/2011
Grapevine Café 9/1/2010

Great American Grill 5/6/2011

Harpoon's Surf Bar & Grill Summer 2014 (April 2015 CLOSED)

Lady & The Pit Port Isabel 5/18/2013 (Dec. 2014 CLOSED)
Laguna BOB 9/1/2012 (love it - easy going!)

La Hacienda 6/3/2014 (delicious fajitas - worth it for the combo!)
 (OCTOBER 2015 CLOSED)

La Hacienda 9/10/2012 (OCTOBER 2015 CLOSED)

Liam's Steak House and Oyster Bar 2/27/2015 (impeccable food and service)
Louie's Backyard 12/4/2011 (always fun on firework nights)

Louie’s Backyard 10/29/2010
Louie’s Backyard 8/31/2010

Manuel's - Port Isabel 5/29/12 (one of our favorite breakfast and lunch places)

Manuel's - Port Isabel 6/17/2011
Marcello’s – Port Isabel 9/16/2010


Marchan’s White Sands - Port Isabel 9/8/2010
Mexiquito’s – Port Isabel 2/16/2011 (not much English spoken but we like the food)

Mexiquito’s - Port Isabel 9/23/2010

Nami Cuisine - 8/19/2012 (previously Uchi Cuisine) (CLOSED 11/4/2014)

Nervosa Coffee - Port Isabel 1/5/2014 (CLOSED July 2014)

Padre Island Brewing Company 5/30/2012 (beer and pizza - yum - great food)

Padre Island Brewing Company 12/3/2011

Padre Island Brewing Company 9/6/2011

PadreRitaGrill 8/10/2014 - update after Restaurant Impossible Renovation!
PadreRitaGrill 5/25/2012 (same place, new name, great food and music!)
PadreRitaGrill 9/28/2010 - UPDATED 1/3/2014


Parrot Eye’s 12/3/2010

Pier 19 2/11/2012 (gigantic burgers)

Pier 19 1/11/2011

Pier 19 9/10/2010
Pier 19 (part 2) 9/10/2010

Pier 19 10/26/2010

Pirate's Landing - Port Isabel 5/31/2012 - still one of the best Shrimp Po'boys in town!

Pirate's Landing - Port Isabel 7/7/2011

Pirate's Landing  - Port Isabel 6/28/2011

Pirate’s Landing – Port Isabel 3/13/2011

Pirate’s Landing - Port Isabel 9/2/2010
PsychaDeli 4/12/2011 - CLOSED - new restaurant now open - looks promising!  Yalla Habibi, has great reviews.  Everyone who goes there, really says it's wonderful!

PsychaDeli 3/25/2011 - Closed for business

R and R Bar-b-que - Port Isabel 11/29/2011 - Closed for business - new BBQ place in same location getting rave reviews from locals! See review for Lady and the Pit.


Sea Ranch 5/19/2012 (the standard for fine island dining)
Sea Ranch 2/28/2012

Sea Ranch 8/3/2011

Sea Ranch 8/30/2010
Shrimp Haus 6/29/2011 (sometimes good and sometimes not???)

Shrimp Haus 3/27/2011

Ted's Restaurant 5/31/2012 (A must for a real island locals spot)
Ted’s Restaurant 3/23/2011

Tejas Brew Pub & Smokehouse 7/26/2012 - CLOSED 10/31/2013

The Big Donkey (Now known as Senor Donkey)  9/3/2010

The Mutt Hutt 1/15/2013 - Reported CLOSED May 2014

Tom & Jerry’s 12/12/2010
Uchi Cuisine 9/30/2010 (has a new name as of July 2012 - now Nami Cuisine - see updated review August 2012) - CLOSED

Wanna Wanna 7/1/2011 (a good beachfront burger)

Wanna Wanna 4/10/2011

Wanna Wanna 9/5/2010
Windjammer Beachfront Café 4/7/2011 (my favorite island salad bar at lunch)

Yalla Habibi 12/28/2013 (outstanding alternative to the usual fare)

Yummies Bistro 3/29/2011 (still delicious April 2015!)
Zeste’s 12/9/2010 - CLOSED October 2013

Many people ask where to buy fresh seafood to cook while they are here on vacation or take home with them.  Here is a link to the knowledge I have regarding where to buy raw seafood in the SPI area.  Ask to smell the shrimp :-)  It should smell like the ocean!StumbleUpon