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Texas Coastal Bend Late Spring 2015 71 Giggitys Restaurant Bar Giggitys follows in the tradition of the great meal in a great bar which is easy to find in just about any coastal town in the east or west of the United States but is not so much the case in Texas. Patrons are pleasantly surprised to find a menu that goes well beyond the expectations of bar foodthis is some serious cooking and its easy to see the effort the owner and chef have put into it. Enjoy a truly gourmet Mediterranean Seafood Linguini made with fresh mussels and jumbo Gulf shrimp. Those same shrimp find their way into a number of menu items most notably alongside a sushi-grade Yellowfin Tuna steak or the perfectly prepared USDA Prime Texas ribeye. However bar food fans should not fret as youll find awesome chorizo cheese fries terrific hamburgers including a Kobe beef burger and much more on Giggitys menu. Live music every night of the week. 722 Tarpon St. 361 749-3663 Trout Street Bar Grill One of the most popular restaurants in the Coastal Bend got that way by not only offering the most perfect waterfront setting but with truly terrific food. Seafood creations here are top notch starting with some of the best Cajun gumbo you will ever eat. Fresh fish arrives daily and nothing starts out frozen including wild-caught Gulf shrimp that makes for wonderful salads and shrimp cocktail grilled prepared with pasta and of course as the main attraction as fried jumbo Gulf shrimp. You will also enjoy hand cut steaks perfectly prepared along with terrific burgers and sandwiches grilled quail and even chicken fried steak. Trout Street is located right on the Port Aransas Marina and dining both indoor and on the outside deck are available. 104 W. Cotter 361 749-7800 tsbag.com Stingrays Taphouse Grill On the surface Stingrays is a first-class open air sports bar complete with al- most two dozen high-definition TVs pool tables and dozens of beers on tap and bottledbut wise patrons are the ones who show up hungry. Beyond being a great bar one that is dog-friendly nonetheless Stingrays is easily one of the best dining establishments on the island and in the entire Coastal Bend for that matter. Start with the best pizza weve found on Mustang Island baked in an authentic brick pizza oven the kind of food youd expect to find in a sports bar plus gourmet hamburgers including the house signature Makers Mark Burger. Stingrays menu takes a more serious turn when you see the hand cut ribeye and filet the perfectly prepared Ahi Tuna Steak and the very popular Tequila-Lime Shrimp. All-you-can- eat-Ribs Thursdays start September 4th with the NFL season opener. 401 Beach St. 361 749-2287 stingraystaphouse.com Port Aransas stingrays taphouse grill eats EATS A great day starts with a great breakfast and takes off with an even better lunch both of which you will find at this artisan cafe and bakery tucked away right off N. Alister St. at White. All of the wonderful muffins cinnamon rolls and other pastries are baked here daily along with bread and croissants for amazing sandwiches like chicken salad BLTs and the Club. Enjoy a full selection of homemade breakfast items like blueberry or gingerbread pancakes biscuits and gravy and breakfast sandwiches and tacos. Enjoy smoothies and gourmet coffee creations. Call ahead for group orders and your crew will eat like royalty 112 E. White St. at N. Alister St. 361 749-4286 Open Wed-Sun 8-1