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Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 61 Coastal Food Padre IslandFlour Bluff Texas Mesquite BBQ Grill Padre Islands single barbecue joint recently came under the new ownership of two veter- ans of Corpus Christis restaurant industry manager Debra Foster and chef and pit master Orlando Quintanilla. By the summer island visitors and residents were enjoying a new menu that not only took the quality of the restaurants Texas barbecue to new heights but also introduced a new layer of gourmet cuisine to the island. Quintanilla learned to appreciate real South Texas cooking growing up on the King Ranch and after years in the oil industry worked for free under several of the Coastal Bends most respected restaurateurs in what became a hands-on culinary education. His skill translates into the delicious tender and perfectly prepared brisket ribs sausage chicken turkey and pulled pork that your find at Texas Mesquite. Everything here is homemade including rubs and sauces that contain the most tasteful and natural ingredients like hand-selected peppers and spices. The gourmet burgers are fantastic and this is one of the few eateries where you find exotic meats like elk bison goat and even kangaroo 14457 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-0065 texasmesquitebbq.com Island Joes This welcome addition to the Padre Island food scene opened recently at the Boardwalk Center just over the JFK Bridge. This warmly decorated espresso based coffee shop show- cases photography by Bryan Tumlinson several items of which are available for sale. The owners have created a cool place for islanders and visitors to relax and enjoy a hot or cold beverage and a pastry in an inviting family friendly setting. Island Joes will host live music on weekends open-mic nights game and movie nights starting this fall. A percentage of Island Joes sales goes toward hunger relief programs which the owners operate in the Dominican Republic 13919 S. Padre Island Dr. on Padre Island 361 867-1276 texas mesquite bbq snoopys