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80 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Spring 2016 Island Italian Padre Island natives harbor a soft place in their hearts for this beloved local institu- tion. The restaurants late founderTagTagliaferro was for years one of the islands most notable and popular business owners and whether you stopped in for your weekly lasagna or you ordered five pizzas at a time for the kidspool party Island Italian was always the go-to place for great food served hot and fresh. These days Tags son Tony carries on the tradition of treating customers as family and serving up wonderfully prepared Italian standards from ravioli to mostaccioli a range of de- licious creations in chicken shrimp scallops and clams steaks and veal and stoned- baked pizzas that are of island legend. Pizza deliveries limited to North Padre Island 15370 S. Padre Island Dr. Park Rd. 22 North Padre Island past Whitecap on beach side of highway 361 949-7737 islanditalian.com Little Manila Lumpia House Those who know and appreciate the wonderful cuisine of the Philippines will find their new Coastal Bend home in Flour Bluff. Enjoy classic lumpia which can be easily confused with an eggroll but that is made with a traditional combination of spices vegetables and beef or pork. Little Manilas Abobo Chicken is a menu favorite burst- ing with flavor and perfectly prepared and is served as its own entree or as part of the lunch combo with Bihon noodles rice and teafor less than a song You will forget your notion of Sweet and Sour Chicken when you try it as Little Manila in the Filipino style that is lighter and less oily than what you may be used toand Elenas homemade sweet and sour sauce puts this dish over the top. 2124 Waldron Rd. in Flour Bluff 361 937-5651 Padre IslandFlour Bluff Docs Seafood Steaks The Laguna Madre waterfront is the setting for this popular island eatery bar and event venue. Docs menu is inspired by the favorites that make Coastal Bend seafood famous the world-over including fresh bay flounder served blackened Florentine with a white wine sauce crab-stuffed and even sauted flounder. Fresh Gulf shrimp are featured throughout the Docs menu including grilled wrapped in bacon and stuffed on skewers in appetizers and salads and of course breaded and fried--the favorite of kids of all ages. Beefeaters will enjoy the grilled 12 oz. rib eye the surf and turf and chicken fried steak. Docs is located on North Padre Island next to the JFK Causeway and offers one of the areas most picturesque waterfront dining experi- ences including unbelievable sunsets over Laguna Madre. Outdoor events facility available for reunions weddings fishing tournaments and more. 13309 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-6744 docsseafoodandsteaks.com Padre Pizzeria Now 16 years-in this popular island pizza joint has earned quite a reputation for great tasting pizza made from the freshest and highest quality ingredients. In addi- tion to terrific classic pizzas this place is known for its wide variety of delicious and slightly off the beaten path specialty pizzas like the Bacon Cheeseburger the BBQ the Greek the Hot Wings pizza the Padre Mexicana the Thai Surprise the Philly Cheesesteak and the Creamy Siracha. You will also find fantastic renditions of your classic specialties like the Sicilian Veggies Galore Meat Lovers and of course the Kitchen Sink. If you make it past the pizza you might also try a healthy salad an Italian sub including the awesome Chicken Parm calzones and a nice and sweet dessert selection. 14493 S. Padre Island Dr. just before Schlitterbahn 361 949-0787 padrepizzeria.com