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68 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Port Aransas Coastal Food chorizo covered crab cake at trout street bar grill shrimp omelette at island cafe 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 includ- ing wild-caught Gulf shrimp that makes for wonder- ful 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 Island Cafe This is one of those best-kept secrets held by Port A locals as a place for outstanding food at a decent price any day of the week. Its hard to beat breakfast at Island Cafe which features all the most popular items but is prepared like your best friend made it for you. Dont be shocked to find borderline gourmet cooking at this place as well along with the work of an obviously skilled pitmaster. Fish and chips at Island Cafe is a crowd favorite as well as comfort foods that will give your day that sweet soft landing. 301 S. Alister St. 361 749-1741 Iries Island Food The wave of chef-owned gourmet restaurants in Port Aransas is quickly establishing the island village as one of the top dining destinations in the state of Texas and the addition of Iries is a real step in that direction. Transplanted Austin Chef Martin Frannea has assembled a wonderful lunch menu that features garlic and ginger Kahuka-style shrimp chicken and beef Asian-inspired Treasure Beef strip loin marinated in a brown sugar and chile soy sauce and your choice of fried rice. Iries tacos will twist your definition of delicious with over a dozen varieties from simple bean and cheese to beef fish shrimp fried oyster Texas beef and even from time to time Maine lobster To the delight of islanders and frequent visitors alike Iries started opening for dinner this year. 503 N. Ali- ster St. 361 749-2310 iriesislandfood.com Liberty Hall Inferno Legendary island restaurateur Guy Carnathan has run some of the most acclaimed eateries on the Texas