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6 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 20156 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 8 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Corpus Christi with a population of about 300000 is the metropolitan center of the Coastal Bend and is home to the fifth-busiest port in the U.S. a prosperous and growing petrochemical industry Naval Air Station C.C. and the C.C. Army Depot and the ever-expand- ing Texas AM University C.C. Downtown Corpus Christi is located in the northeast end of the city along Cor- pus Christi Bay and is where youll find numerous hotels the seawall the Ameri- can Bank Center arena and convention center and the citys museums including Science and History Asian Cultures and the Art Museum of South Texas. The Harbor Bridge extends over the Port of Corpus Christi to North Beach and on to Portland and the North Bay Area. North Beach is where you find the U.S.S. Lexington aircraft carrier Museum and the Texas State Aquarium along with a full-service hotel and nu- merous motels and condominiums plus a mile-long stretch of pedestrian friendly beach on Corpus Christi Bay. On the South Side of Corpus Christi be sure to visit the South Texas Botanical Gardens Nature Center on S. Staples St. past Yorktown Blvd. The South Padre Island Drive SPID freeway takes you to North Padre Island The Island and to our Gulf of Mexico beaches. The Laguna Madre is the long large body of water that runs between Padre Island and the mainland Flour Bluff. Baffin Bay is lo- cated farther south along Laguna Madre and is accessible by land at Riviera Beach a few miles south of Kingsville. Padre Isles on North Padre Island is the largest waterfront community outside the state of Florida andThe Islandof- fers miles of beautiful beaches restau- rants shopping and the Padre Island National Seashore. Packery Channel separates North Padre and Mustang Islands and provides direct boating access to the Gulf of Mexico. Mustang Island is home to numerous beachfront condominiums and private homes and Knowing Your Way Around the Coastal Bend Welcome leads northward to Port Aransas Port A a fast growing fishing villagethat attracts affluent vacationers and second home owners sportfishing and nature enthusiasts golfers and beachgoers from across Texas and the US. Aransas Pass and Conn Brown Harbor are north of Port A across the ship channel via a 24-hour vehicle ferry and is home to a revitalized downtown area and excellent marina facilities. Just 2 12 hours south of San Antonio and east of Laredo 3 12 hours south of Austin and Houston and about a day south of DFW by car. Free Online Versions of every TCBM issue at 10 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Downtown North Beach TheLady Lexset more combat records than any carrier in U.S. Naval history and today rests in Cor- pus Christi Bay as the U.S.S. Lexington Museum on the Bay a tribute and memorial to those who served defending America. The sights and sounds are so real and so intense you become a part of the story the second you step foot aboard this World War II era aircraft carrier. 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd. on North Beach 361 888-4873 The Texas State Aquarium is one of the Coastal Bends top visitor attractions because it delivers the ultimate Gulf of Mexico experience bring- ing the undersea world to you up close and in person The artificial reef exhibit in the 125000 gallon main tank is home to dozens of species of fish including rays and sharks as well as countless shellfish and other invertebrates. 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd. on North Beach 800 477-GULF CorpusChristi Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 11 Art Museum of South Texas has for over 40 years been considered one of the leading museums of fine art in the state of Texas and in some respects the entire U.S. Permanent exhibits include work from South Texas Southwestern and Latin American art- ists in nearly all media. Traveling exhibits from some of the countrys leading museums and private collec- tions regularly visit the Art Museum of South Texas. 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. Downtown 361 825-3500 Corpus Christi Museum of Science History chronicles over 500 years of South Tex- as history as well as the archeological and geological pro- file of the area. The Childrens Wharf area offers kids hands-on learn- ing in a nurturing environment. The museums Paleon- tology dinosaur and History of Guns exhibits are particu- larly popular and new exhibits and special events take place at the museum regularly. 1900 N. Chaparral St. Downtown 361 826-4650 Getting Close to Nature South Texas Botanical Gardens Nature Center is definitiely not your grandmothers botanical garden Showcasing a 2600 sq. ft. screened Butterfly House Anderson Bromeliad Conserva- tory landmark Orchid House majestic Rose Garden and seasonal Plumeria Garden. Admire Sensory Gardenartscapeand diversity of quaint Hummingbird and desert Arid Gardens. Meet the new Resident Reptiles and colorful exotic parrots. Explore native habi- tat on the shaded Brennecke Nature Trail with its birding tower and bronze wildlife by world-renowned sculptor Kent Ullberg. From the rustic Palapa Grande enjoy serene views of Gator Lake and take an educational stroll through vast natural wetlands. 8545 S. Staples St. on South Side of Corpus Christi Open Daily 96 361 852-2100 Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures is home to an impressive collec- tion of art and artifacts from all corners of Asia. Learn about ancient Asian customs gaze at the art- istry of Japanese kimonos porcelains and even a rick- shaw Artifacts from India Sri Lanka Japan Hmong Thailand The Philippines Korea Taiwan Laos and Myanmer. 1809 N. Chaparral St. Explore the Lore of Texas Surf The Texas Surf Museum chronicles the 50 year history of surfing on the Texas Gulf Coast with exhibits that include vintage surf boards photographs fins newspa- per articles and even a real Ford Woody. Interactive ex- hibits take visitors through the history of Texas surf and vintage surf films are shown in the museums movie theater. See footage and photos of hurricane surfing on the Texas coast including surfers being arrested The museum is located in Water Street Market home to the Executive Surf Club a Texas surf-themed restaurant and tavern. 309 N. Water St. Downtown 361 888-7873 info online Downtown Pub Crawl A tour of pubs and taverns in Downtown Corpus Christi will take you to a myriad of fun scenes and cool crowds. House of Blues StarrMesquite features rock and reggae nightly and now serves food. Cheers Starr St. is a D-town favorite with a fun local crowd. Dr. Rockits Blues Bar ChaparralStarr is home to awesome bartenders and great music almost-nightly just south is Mulligans Pub popular sports bar. Cassidys Irish Pub Water Peoples offers a fun scene with live music on weekends. Aria Sky Lounge ChapparalLawrence is a chic alternative dance club with rooftop terrace bar featured DJs on weekends. Havana Club SchatzelWater is a beautiful club featuring live Latin music on weekends the Republic ofTexas Bar Omni Hotel is a classic piano bar with amazing view Railroad Seafood Station ChaparralPower St. features Downtowns only brewery. Mirador de la Flor The Selena Memorial This beautiful dedication to the memory of Corpus Christis beloved Selena is located on North Shoreline Blvd.People St. T-Head BryanTumlinson Photo 12 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 CorpusChristi New Exhibits at CC Museum The Corpus Christi Museum of Science History has un- dergone a number of posi- tive changes over the past year or so among them the improvement of its popular Paleontology exhibit the unveiling of History of the American Gun exhibit plus the ongoing expansion of its Childrens Wharf area. 1900 N. Shoreline Blvd. The U.S.S. Lexington CVA-16 was commissioned in 1943 and christened in honor of the original Lexing- ton which was lost in 1942 at the Battle of the Coral Sea at the start of World War II. The newLady Lexset more combat records than any carrier in U.S. Naval history and today rests in Corpus Christi Bay as the U.S.S. Lexington Museum on the Bay a tribute and memorial to those who served defending America. The Lexington is the oldest remaining aircraft carrier in the world. Famed Japanese propagandist Tokyo Rose after reporting in error on numerous occasions that the Lex- ington had been sunk nicknamed the ship theBlue Ghostwhich has stuck to this day. The Lex is credited with destroying over 800 enemy aircraft 300000 tons of enemy ships and damaging another 600000 tons in Pacific War battles that included the Kwajalein Raid Battle of the Philippine Sea Battle of Leyte Gulf and in bombing attacks on Japanese home islands at the end of the war. Eleven of the ships 16 decks are included in tours of the Lex including the flight deck where 20 military aircraft are tethered ranging from a vintage N3N-3 Yellow Pearl biplane to a Blue Angels F18 Hornet. The popular state-of-the-art 16 passenger Flight Simula- tor is located on the hanger deck as is the World War II Virtual Battle Stations game center. The Joe Jessel Mega Theater features both vintage and ultra-modern aviation and other adventure films in thundering digital sound and brilliant video projec- tion. Give yourself a good half-day to fully enjoy the U.S.S. Lexington Museum on the Bayan unmatched educational experience in American history. 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd. on North Beach 361 888-4873 Step Aboard American History From Top U.S.S. Lexington deploys from Boston Harbor 1943 War Operations room onboard the current museum U.S. Navy fighter planes on deck in the Pacific 1944. Casino Ship Now Sailing from Aransas Pass The Aransas Queen Casino Ship started daily trips to the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year where full cash-prize gambling is allowed outside state waters nine nautical miles offshore. Gamers can play over 200 certified Vegas-style slot machines from a penny to 25 per pull roulette craps and Blackjack. The Aransas Queen is operated by a Las Vegas-based gaming and hospitality company and offers a clean professionally run ship. A Las Vegas Sportsbook starts up this fall with all games shown live on satellite TV. Cruises run at 11am everyday with a second 7pm cruise many days. 2200 TX Hwy 361 844 426-2534 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 13 American Bank Center Regional multi-purpose venue hosts concerts for up to 10000 in the Arena and smaller performances in the Selena AuditoriumFriday-Sunday August 14-16 Exhibit Hall Discover the DinosaursMoving and museum quality replica dinosaurs. Saturday August 15th Shoreline Blvd.Outdoor Life in Color the Worlds Largest Paint PartyInteractive concert tour that has played international stadium audiences. Thursday August 27th Arena Dierks Bentley Sounds of Summer Tour 2015One of Country Musics biggest young stars live on stage. Sunday September 6th Arena Premier Boxing ChampionshipsFormer World Champion Anthony Dirrell takes on Marco Antonio Rubio in main bout. Wednesday September 9th Selena Auditorium The Price is Right LiveCelebrity host Jerry Springer saysCome on downin this interactive version of the TV game show. Thursday September 10th Henry Garrett Ballroom Bay Area Citizens Against Lawsuit AbuseFeatured speaker Rudy Giuliani 107th Mayor of New York City. Friday-Sunday October 2-4 Convention Center RealmsCon 2015Three-day gathering and celebration of all things anime gaming horror and comics featuring exhibits seminars competitions and live shows. LiveonStage Concrete Street Amphitheater Sunday August 23rdEverything is Awesome Tour featuring Slightly Stoopid Dirty Heads and The Expendables. Saturday August 29thRock Ride featuring Walk this Way and Guns 4 Roses tribute bands. Saturday September 5th Ziegen Bock Music Festival featuring Randy Rogers Band Turnpike Troubadours and Bart Crow. Brewster Street Ice House Bar restaurant and concert venue with family-friendly kidszone. Aug 13th Kyle Park wJ.R. Castillo Aug 14th Kyle Park wKimberly Dunn Aug 15th Metal Shop Aug 20th Casey Donahew Aug 21st Passing Strangers Aug 22nd Hip Hop Hooray Aug 26th Josh Abbott Aug 27th Curtis Grimes CD Release Party Aug 28th Five Card Draw Sept 11th Metalachi. 1724 North Tancahua 361 884-2739 Note Brewster Street operates a voluntary policy requiring government-issued ID for entry to ticketed concerts and events House of Rock Rock Reggae and special events venue featuring a wide array of acts each week along with special live shows open-mic nights release parties and more. 511 Starr St. 361 882-7625 Executive Surf Club Popular Water Street Market restaurant and tavern features local and Texas bands most nights of the week. Home of great hamburgers sandwiches and beer on tap. 309 N. Water Street 361 884-7873 discover the dinosaurs life in color dierks bentley championship boxing the price is right rudy giuliani realmscon 14 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 CorpusChristi LiveonStageHarbor Playhouse Shakespeares Twelfth NightWeekends September 4th-20th This 1602 Shakespearian play centers on twins Viola and Sebastian who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola returns to society disguised as a boy when the plot starts to twist. One Bayfront Park Aurora Arts Theater Real Women Have CurvesWeekends through August 30th Based in a small Los Angeles sewing factory this Josefina Lopez play centers on the Latina immigrant experience and related gender politics in 1987 America. The Rocky Horror ShowWeekends September 18th through October 31st The original Richard OBrien play on which the smash 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show was based. Newly engaged Brad and Janet seek refuge from a storm in the castle of a mad transvestite scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter who is ready to unveil his newest creation muscle boy Rocky Horror. 5635 Everhart Rd. shakespeares twelfth night real women have curves the rocky horror show Moonlight in the Gardens at the Botanical Gardens One of the years most anticipated fund raisers Moonlight in the Gardens is a celebration of the great work of the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center and takes place amid the lush inviting surroundings of this popular Corpus Christi attraction.Martian Music Barwill entertain the crowd who will dine on theBest Steak on the Planetcooked on-site. The silent auction will offer a wide array of fantastic items and will feature a newGrand Galaxyhigh-end blackboard auction. Reserved seating and tables from 150 to 10000. 8545 S. Staples St. 361 852-2100 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 15 Public Tennis Facilities H.E.B. Tennis Center has hosted major tennis events over its storied 50-year history and is the tennis home for thousands of Corpus Christians. 1520 Shely St. 361 888-5681 premiertennisacademy. com Al Kruse Tennis Center is named in honor of a local teaching legend and is conveniently located near downtown and the bayfront. 502 King St. 361 883-6942 High School Facilities at CCISDs King and Carroll High Schools are free and open to the public on weekends and when school is not in session and when the courts not in use by school teams or their players. King High School 5225 Gollihar Rd. Carroll High School 5301 Weber Rd. Golf Tennis Oso Beach Municipal Golf Course is one of two City of Corpus Christi public facilities located on the south side of town near Oso Bay. 5601 S. Alameda St. 361 826-8010 Gabe Lozano Golf Center is the second municipal course located on the citys west side and includes an 18-hole regulation course a 9-hole executive course and a lighted driving range. 4401 Old Brownsville Rd. 361 826-8016 Schlitterbahn Golf Club on North Padre Island is lo- cated adjacent to the new water park and features nine championship holes available for daily play. 14353 Commodores Dr. 361 949-8006 NorthShore Country Club north of Corpus Christi in Portland is one of the most picturesque courses in Tex- as. Available for daily play Mon-Thurs and everyday via reciprocal country club membership. 801 E. Broadway Ave. Portland 361 643-1546 Palmilla Beach Golf Club in Port Aransas is one of the few true Scottish-style links courses in the U.S. and is the newest course in the Coastal Bend. 265 Palm Island Dr. Port Aransas 361 749-4653 16 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 361-825-3500 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. Corpus Christi TX 78401 from the Collection of Cheech Marin Cheech Marin well known for his work in movies televi- sion and improvisational comedy brings 70 paintings by 29 artists from his renowned Chicano art collection. Featuring paintings averaging 16 inches square and smaller. Chicanitas begs the viewer to examine interpret and appreciate each artwork individually. This reveals the true secret of the exhibition that the individual parts are greater than the whole and size doesnt matter ChicanitasSmallPaintings Jose Lozano 1997 Mixed media on paper 10 x 8 Collection of Cheech Marin Centauro September 18 2014 -January10 2016 Best Golfing Value in Texas In a time when Corpus Christis private country club golf courses have dropped like flies the City of Corpus Christis municipal courses are in the best condition in their history thanks to a management deal embarked upon with Foresight Golf based in Boerne. The Oso Beach Golf Course is located at the southern end of S. Alameda St. near the intersection of Ennis Joslin Rd. and Ocean Dr. and was the site of major competitions in its early days featuring legends like Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. The Gabe Lozano Golf Center is located on the citys west side on Old Brownsville Rd. and features both an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole executive course. Both facilities are beautifully maintained offer instruc- tion by PGA certified professionals both for individu- als and groups and have driving ranges and putting greens. Best of all you will find the lowest fees by far making Corpus Christis courses the best golfing value in all of Texas Portland Texas This SummerPortland Texas is a perfect coexistence between residents and nature as this bayfront town continues to grow into an upscale idyllic community conveniently situated between the neighboring cities of Corpus Christi and Port Aransas. Sunset Lake is a 333-acre public park with pristine wetlands along a saltwater lake outlined by a two-mile hike and bike trail. The area is a happening place for nature-lovers and is ideal for birding fishing kayaking and sailing. Fishing is great at Indian Point Pier which is at the end of Sunset Lake Park. Portland is located north of Corpus Christi Hwy. 181 18 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 SPID Commercial Zone Map SPID Freeway Weber to Greenwood Map SPID Zone Not to Miss Mole A Taste of Central MexicoThose who have traveled in Mexico and discovered its native cuisine will love Mole 6042 SPID Airline Rd. Takeniwa Asian BistroFantastic sushi and fun live cooking show at hibachi tables. 5216 SPID near La Palmera Sangs Imperial CafeA local favorite for fantastic sushi and the authentic cuisine of Southeast Asia. Look for specials online. 4650 Corona Dr. 361 880-8881 BenjaminsFor over 40 years the Coastal Bends favorite surf and skate shop and where you find the latest in swim beach and casual wear. 1233 Airline Rd. McArdle La Palmera Mall Takeniwa CorpusChristi 20 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Flour Bluff Map Corpus Christis southernmost mainland community is the gateway to Padre and Mustang Islands and is home to friendly down-to-earth folks and exceptional public schools. Flour Bluff is also where Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is located which has instilled a strong military tradition in the community. SPID FreewayFar South Side Map CorpusChristi 22 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Padre Island is the longest barrier island in the world and the second largest island in the US to Long Island NY. Padre Isles is the largest waterfront development in the US outside the state of Florida with some 4000 single and multi-family homes located on the com- munitys extensive network of canals. Although the vast majority of homes in Padre Isles include boat docks andor lifts and many residents own ocean-worthy rec- reational vessels until 2006 the closest pas- sage into the Gulf of Mexico was through the Port Aransas Ship Channel more than 20 miles and over an hour north. More beaches greater beach access than any destination on the Entire U.S. Gulf Coast COLLEGEYOUNG ADULT ZONE FAMILY-FRIENDLY BEACH ZONE The official opening of Packery Channel in October 2006 was the culmination of decades of effort by hundreds of Texans at all levels of government. Not only does the channel provide direct access to the gulf in less than five nautical miles of most homes but contrary to envi- ronmentalistswarnings about negative ecological consequences water quality in Laguna Madre and in North Padres canal system was significantly improved as was the fishing with the opening of Packery Channel. T heres no question that the Coastal Bends gulf beaches are the number one attraction for visitors any time of yearand who can blameem While summer weather in the Coastal Bend and most of Texas for that matter is anything but predictable our islands tend to offer the most hospitable climate for any kind of outdoor activity. High daytime temperatures in mid- June can range from 85F on a cooler day to 95F under high pressure and southeasterly winds. So whether its campfires and panchos or board short and bikinis our island beaches are where to be this summer. The islands offer the most and the most accessible beaches in the state of Texas for surfing fishing sandcastle building or justchillinunder the sun. Padre and Mustang Islands beckon your visit this season North Padre Mustang Islands 24 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 North Padre Mustang Islands For lucky Coastal Bend residents its easy to take for granted the fact that we are surrounded quite literally by saltwater. Aside from the Gulf of Mexico our bays and estuaries provide some very fertile fishing waters some of the best in the state of Texas which are virtually all accessible to the public. Some of the best Fall fishing spots are located on and on the way to North Padre and Mustang Islands. For easy reference see Upper Laguna Madre Fishing Map on page 72. JFK CausewayThis is the over water highway from mainland Corpus Christi Flour Bluff to North Padre Island. Take thelow roadexit before the curve at Humble Channel which is straddled by Cos-Way and Red Dot bait stands both with fishing piers that run along the channel a major migration route for Redfish Speckled Trout and Flounder. Continue on the low side of the causeway toward the island for easy wade fishing access to Laguna Madre. Packery ChannelFrom Padre Island turn north on Highway 361 toward Port Aransas. You will see the Packery Channel Bridge and easy parking areas on both sides of the bridge that provide direct ac- cess to this very busy route for migrating fish between the Gulf of Mexico Laguna Madre and Corpus Christi Bay. Mustang Island State ParkFarther north on High- way 361 you will see state park structures on the ocean side but you will also see unpaved access roads on the west side of the highway which lead you to productive wade fishing along the back side of the island in Corpus Christi Bay. Just pull over and start fishin Driving on the Beach with dignity DO Stop before entering soft high sand and plan your route Use a low gear Proceed at a brisk steady speed Use flat boards or even seaweed under your tires for traction if you get stuck Rock your vehicle out of sand if you get stuck DONT Assume yourall wheel drivevehicle performs like a 4-wheel drive Stop in high sand like you would in snow Gun your accelerator in an angry attempt to get unstuck CussCry Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 25 Enjoy Phase I of Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi through the end of September Phase I ofthe worlds most anticipated new waterparkwas open to eager guests of Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi this summer and early reviews are overwhelmingly positive and convey the entire communitys excitement for what is to come in 2016 and beyond. TheKrystal Riversegment of what will eventually be the longest Lazy River feature of any waterpark in the world is the centerpiece of activity in Phase I and transports tube riders partly via the gravity-defyingAquaveyorthrough chutes and slides like theWhite Water ExpressandThe Deluge. Schlitterbahn Corpus Christis Phase I features two kidsplay areasLil Skippers Coveand Buccaneer Bayalong with the realistic wave machineBoogie Bahnand an uphill water coaster theSky Blaster.The live music stage is also open below which is one of the parks two swim-up bars and over a dozen covered palapas can be reserved for your group. The park is open daily through Sunday August 16th and then will be open Saturdays and Sundays from August 22nd through September 20th when the park will close for the season. The big water rides that have made Schlitterbahn so famous and popular over the years will arrive on the scene in time for the 2016 season and will include twoMaster BlasterstheRio Adventurasegment of the Lazy RiverShoot the Chutelog style ride theTorrent Riverand the Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi 92- room resort hotel. Facilities of Schlitterbahn Country Club including the nine-hole golf course tennis courts heated pool and swim-up bar and Veranda restaurant will continue to be open year-round to members including those who are short-term. On a broader scale Schlitterbahn Corpus Christis massive property of almost 50 acres will in time become the regions biggest single attraction bringing in hundreds of thousands of new visitors per year from across Texas and the United States. Welcome 14353 Commodores Drive 361 949-8056 26 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 jbs German Bakery Cafe serves authentic Ger- man cuisine and fantastic baked delicacies like real strudel Bavarian cream pie and German breads and pastries. Located on a canal JBs offers a wonderful waterfront setting and perfect spot to enjoy a gourmet coffee and delicious breakfast or lunch. 15137 S. Padre Island Dr. Park Rd. 22 north of Whitecap Blvd. Snoopys Pier is long established as one of the Coastal Bends most famous and favorite dining estab- lishments. Enjoy great Gulf seafood hushpuppies and hamburgers in a family setting inside or on the large waterfront deck. Out boating Dock at Snoopys grab an awesome lunch an ice cream from Scoopys next door and head back out on the water. Breathtaking sunsets over Laguna Madre. On the Intracoastal Water way south of the JFK Causeway Docs Seafood SteaksThe Laguna Madre wa- terfront is the setting for this popular island eatery bar and event venue. Docs menu is inspired by the favor- ites 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. Docs is located on Padre Island next to the JFK Causeway and offers one of the areas most picturesque waterfront dining experiences On the Intracoastal Waterway south of the JFK Causeway mikel mays beachside bar grill on Bob Hall Pier at the Padre Balli Park on North Padre Island. The public pier is one of the most popular local spots for shore fishing and surfinglast year a world record on- shore catch and release bull shark was caught on the pier adding to its legend. Mikel Mays is a full bar with the best beach view possible along with awesome sliders shrimp oysters a rib eye sub and more. At Bob Hall Pier Nueces County Padre Balli Beach Park Waterfront Dining on Padre Island Jbs german mikel mays Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 27 North Padre Mustang Islands Choosing the right beachfor your fun in the sun can be the biggest decision you make for your spring or summer vacation in the Coastal Bend. J.P Luby Surf Park just north of Packery Channel between Zahn Rd. and Newport Pass Rd. is where youll find the party people collegeyoung adult crowd. On the south side of Packery Channel along the Michael J. Ellis Seawall and south to the Padre Balli Park and Bob Hall Pier area fami- lies with young kids find the most hospitable beach setting. Farther south on Padre Island you will find the least regulated and maintained area of the beach which extends 12 miles south to the northern edge of the Padre Island National Seashore. If you are taking a large group that prefers greater privacy this may the beach zone for you but we advise traveling in trucksSUVs preferably with 4-wheel drive but definitely with higher ground clearance and taking all the supplies youll need for the day. A day at the beachon Padre and Mustang Islands is a largely unique experience as our islands offer the most beach access for vehicles. Parking is allowed permit required in most areas within 50 feet of the wa- ters edge and smart beachgoers on Spring Break will arrive early and prepared. A shade canopy is a good idea as are a bonfire and barbecue pit. Work with the wind and not against it. Glass containers and driving in the dunes are prohibited and all road rules apply to beach driving including seatbelt and DWI laws. A vehicle-free pedes- trian beach has recently been established on the southern end of the Padre Island Seawall near Whitecap Beach. Shore Fishingon our islands is plentiful and accessible from dozens of locations. Bob Hall Pier is located at the Nueces County Padre Balli Park south of the hotels and condos and is the site of several record catches. The Packery Channel Jetties offer free direct access to a hot zone of fish migration between the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre. Horses on the Beachbrings visitors a most memorable and exciting experiencehorseback riding on our beautiful North Padre Island beaches 28 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Port Aransas August September in Port A Mean Blue Water Awesome Fishing and Beautiful Beaches A ny local islander will tell you that the back end of summer is always a little better than the front end. Winds are down deep gulf currents bring the clearest bluest water of the year to our shores and with it bigger game fish and less sea weed and jellyfish. You can even count on an early season cool front to bring down the humidity and cut into the summer heat. As schools head back into session crowds thin out on the beaches and in the village making getting around just a little easier. In short its a great time to spend time in Port A Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 29 While hotel rates will not go down until after Labor Day you will have an easier time finding the hotel condominium or beach house rental you want most in August and September and lines at the most popular restaurants will be much shorter. Late summer offers some of the best fishing and calmest offshore waters of the year and both private charter captains and party boat operators will take you to the most productive spots includ- ing in state Red Snapper waters. Although bay fishing is always good near Port A late summer is the very best time to fish the Gulf of Mexico youre virtually guaranteed a nice catch and those most vulnerable to sea sickness will have the easiest time. For those vulnerable to the idea of a vacation home or relocation to the island this is the time of year that just might push you over the edge as you enjoy the very best Port A has to offer. party boat fishing Port Aransas Events Friday August 21stSunday August 23rd Port Aransas Civic Center and MarinaTexas Women Anglers Tournament. Popular annual event kicks off with on-site registra- tion and captainsmeeting Friday evening at the Civic Center with fishing all day Saturday and an awards brunch Sunday. 210 827-6688 FridaySunday August 14-16 21-23 Port Aransas Community TheatreYoure a Good Man Charlie Brown.Broadway play based on famed Peanuts comic strip. 2327 Hwy 361 361 749-6036 Saturday August 29th September 26th 1100 a.m.-3 p.m. Old Town Market DaysMerchants of the Shops at Old Town host this trunk sale event including guest vendors. 345 N. Alister St. Free event open to the public Friday September 4th and October 2nd 530 p.m. Port Aransas Art CenterFirst Friday Art Reception. Island artists art enthusiasts and visitors gather to enjoy live music refreshments and local art. 323 N. Alister St. Free event open to the public women anglers YOURE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN 30 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Golf carts the big thing in Port Aransas You can own and drive one of these fun open air little vehicles on the streets of Port Aransas although you are more likely to rent one from one of the many golf cart businesses in town. All road rules apply to the operation of golf carts in Port A including DWI and open container laws. They may be driven on the beach and on city streets with speed limits under 35 mph which pretty much covers the entire town. Carts may not be driven on South Alister TX-361 south of Avenue G and drivers must pull to the side when safe to allow faster vehicles to pass. In all the carts are a great way to enjoy Port A Port A pubs and taverns hoppinthis Summer Its been said before by locals and regular tourists that Port Aransas is a drinking town with a fishing habit. Every season is a reason to celebrate in Port A and the towns watering holes are typically immersed in festivities and merrymaking. Port A Coast Club1007 State Hwy 361 Bernies Beach House730 Trout St. Back Porch Bar132 W. Cotter The Gaff323 Beach St. A Great Community Park The people of Port Aransas should be commended for making the choice to invest in a first class community park that offers year-round activities for every member of the family even the four-legged ones The 10000 square foot Skate Park was professionally designed to provide a fun experience for skaters of all ages and skill levels. Features include gaps flats hubbas and grinds all popular skater lingo plus a seven foot kindey shaped bowl. The parks beautiful Public Swimming Pool is open daily during the summer and weekends during other warm weather times of the year and offers a wonderful family friendly atmosphere complete with certified lifeguards. The Baseball and Softball Fields at the community park are newly constructed and well maintained and offer a place to play for Little League high school and private league games. A one acre Dog Park is open during daylight hours and provides two separate ca- nine play grounds one for large dogs and one for the little guys. Installed toys water stations and waste pick up stations provided as well as fire plugs from the PAVFD. Take Cut Off Rd. to Ross Ave. to Clark Parkway see map page 28 32 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Port Aransas The University of Texas Marine Science Institute UT- MSI is the oldest and most significant marine research facility on the Gulf Coast established in a beachside cabin in 1941. The facility has excelled over the years in countless marine research projects that have impacted industries including oil and gas exploration shipping and mariculture and have influenced U.S. and international marine pollution and conservation laws. UTMSI welcomes visitors daily where self guided tours and educational movies are among the attractions offered in the visitors center. Seven aquatic displays depict Texas coastal habitats and the organisms that live in them including Spartina black mangrove marsh oyster reef open bay bottom rock jetty and offshore artificial reefs. Other displays in the main building highlight current and past research projects and feature representative specimens and photographs of local plants and animals. 630 E. Cotter Ave. Marine Science Institute Mustang Fest Returns to Port A Friday-Sunday October 2nd-4thOver a thousand modern and classic Ford Mustangs will make the annual pilgrimage to its tongue-in-cheek homeland Mustang Island and Port Aransas for the Annual Mustang Fest. The weekend of island and beach cruising tailgating and parties will culminate with a traditional cars show compe- tition in which trophies will be awarded to the finest Pony Cars. 210 399-7500 34 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 the port aransas museum is a worthy testament to one of the most historically significant communities on the Texas Gulf Coast which was established as a cattle and sheep ranching settlement in the 1850s. During the same period steam- ship service was commissioned between Sand Point as the town was then called and New Orleans necessitating the construction of the Aransas Pass Lighthouse on St. Josephs Island. The Tarpon Inn opened its doors in the 1880s and became the center of local sportfishing activity. The Inn and Port A welcomed its most famous angler in 1937 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt caught tarpon from a Farley boat pictured above although it is said he actually stayed on the presidential yacht and not at the Tarpon Inn. The museum is home to local artifacts and over 12000 historical photos telling the rich history of Port Aransas. 361 749-3800 N. AlisterBrundrett St. PALMILLA BEACH GOLF CLUB is among the very few truly authentic Scot- tish-style links courses in the United States. The natural coastal terrain which features an ocean beach and sand dunes followed by native island vegetation on which the course is built are required features of the links course and are all found on Mustang Island. The Arnold Palmer Signature Design course is the golfing legends very first ocean-side design and one in which Palmer placed special attention and oversight. The result is a challenging championship experience the requires players to negoti- ate narrow rolling fairways imposing greens and stacked sets of bunkers in the links tradition. Five sets of tees are offered for a variety of skill levels. 361 749-4653 265 Palm Island Dr. Port Aransas 36 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 While Port A is known across the country for its bounti- ful offshore game fishing onshore fishing is among the best on the Texas coast as well. Surf fishing is of course accessible from almost anywhere on the beach but is more practical in the early mornings before the beach crowds arrive during a busy period like Spring Break. Horace Caldwell Pier is located on the Port Aransas beach at the I.B. Magee Nueces County Park and extends 1200 feet into gulf waters. The pier facility includes a cafe and bait shop and is as popular with surfers as it is with fishermen who pull in redfish drum shark and a variety of other native species. The Port Aransas Jetties form the underwater structure that creates the ship channel which runs between them. The south jetty is located in Port A at the north end of the beach. The north jetty is located on St. Joseph Island St. Jos which is accessible via the privately-run Jetty Boat operating from Fishermans Wharf. Both jetties offer free access to the unique rocky underwater habitat that is home to a unique variety of fish. Terrific Shore Fishing Port Aransas 38 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Located in the Central Flyway the island boasts hundreds of native and migrating species. Encounters with Coastal Bend nesting species such as the Roseate Spoonbills Least Grebes Reddish Egrets Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks Bitterns and Rails bring birding enthu- siasts back to this island sanctuary time and time again. With five sites along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail Wetlands Park Paradise Pond the Birding Cen- ter Mustang Island State Park and the South Jetty Port A hosts many must-see look outs for avid birders and wildlife photographers. Boardwalks and observa- tion towers are built over wetlands with vegetation pockets specially designed to attract birds. The Birding Center Wetlands Park Paradise Pond and The Nature Preserve were designed to give birders theup-close ability to observe hundreds of species in their natural habitats. From the natural wetlands inlets and 18 miles of natural beaches and dunes to the rock jetties piers and marinas the island offers dozens of perfect vantage points to marvel at the magnificent migrating birds that consider Port A the perfect rest stop. The Port Aransas Nature Preserve encompasses 1217 acres of undeveloped land in an area formerly known as Charlies Pasture where early island residents once grazed their cattle. Located between the ship chan- nel the community park State Highway 361 and Piper Channel features at the Nature Preserve include over three miles of hike and bike trails a pavilion board- walks over algal flats crushed granite trails on the uplands covered seating sites and two towers over- looking wetland areas around Salt Island. The natural areas extensive tidal flats provide feed- ing areas and important habitat for shorebirds and endangered and threatened species such as the piping plover. There are two entrances to the Preserve the end of Port Street and off State Highway 361 near Mustang Beach Airport. To keep the preserve unspoiled certain environmental rules apply. Birding year- round in Port A 40 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 No vacation to the Coastal Bend is complete without getting your time on the water and unique adventures are abound include pirates dolphins jet skis and even sailing yachts. Woodys Sports Center located on the Port Aransas Marina is home to a variety of waterborne adventures in addition to fishing the most popular of which are its Dolphin Watch Nature Tours. The waters of the Coastal Bend are home to thousands of bottlenose dolphins that seem to find great fun traveling in the wakes of boats and ships. Dolphin Watch takes you up close to these magnificent animals in their natural environment. 136 W. Cotter Ave. 361 749-5252 Especially during the spring and summer months dolphin excursions have been known to come under mock attack by watergun-wielding pirates aboard a second boat. Luckily these are traditional theatrical pirates and not those that have made so much news in recent years. This super-fun adventure is ideal for groups of all ages Paradise Jet Ski Rentals operates during the spring and summer months at Woodys seven days a week from 900 a.m. to dusk and offers three-seater 1200 hp Yamaha Jet Skis. 361 749-6904. Stray Cat Sailing Adventures offers bay and gulf excursions on a 32Sailing catamaran. Pet friendly. 361 416-0054 Red Dragon Pirate Cruises embarks on its first year in Port Aransas and promises to offer a new one-of-a- kind adventure. The newly constructed ship features a crew of pirateswho lead eager guests on cruises in the channels and nearby bays. 361 749-2469 Fun on the Water in Port Aransas Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 41 Check out these unique retailers to find the perfect item for your new vacation digs or a memento of your time in our Little Slice of Paradise. A Mano is a truly amazing find that would stand out in any major city in the country for its abundance and high-quality of art and furniture imports from Mexico. The stores owner travels to Mexico regularly seeking the most unique and well-made items created by local craftsmen and artisans and brings them to Port A for her lucky customers. 1812 TX Hwy 361 361 749-1828 Fish Tales Nautical Boutique offers a wonder- ful selection of island apparel for men women and children art home accessories kitchen ware candles glass jewelry handbags and more. Among the shops most popular items are Pembroke womens swimwear and Rum Reggae mens shirts. 345 N. Alister St. in Old Town Center 361 749-4733 Fire It Ceramics offers a truly hands-on experi- ence thats great fun for the whole family. Here you get to choose a ceramics project shape it to form paint it and fire it in the kilna day or two later you pick up your piece which can range from simple tableware to elaborate sculptures. Perfect for parties and groups 210 N. Alister St. 361 749-7976 Fly It Port A is the only shop of its kind south of San Antonio and is where you will find the full array of kites from traditional to ultra- modern high performance plus self flying and box kites. Air Swimmers darts and accessories wind socks traditional toys and games. 405 W. Avenue G 361 749-4190 Steves Custom Jewelers is home to one of the most talented and prolific jeweler mak- ersanywhereand one who specializes in recreating the beauty elegance and power of the sea. You will find hundreds of unique items cast in Sterling silver and gold. 315 S. Alister St. 361 749-6635 Port A Glass Studio Art Gallery has brought this most popular coastal art form to the island thanks to artist Sheri Hargrove who personally creates glass art in the studio. 600 Cut Off Road 7 361 749-6358 Port A home to unique shops and galleries A MANO Port Aransas 42 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Chillas Gift Shop offers a wide selection of home gar- den and patio decor including Talavera pottery of many sizes and styles. You will also find candles seasonal items jewelry and Minnetonka footwear. 2119 TX Hwy 361 361 749-2653 Silver King Jewelers has become something of a hid- den gem so to speak in Port A for shoppers looking for unique jewelry styles the latest designs from popular silver artisans the world-over and even engagement ring sets featuring brilliant man-made diamonds. 210 N. Alister 361 749-5464 Susan Castor Collection is the Port Aransas destination for high style in interior design which is offered by a professional team of certified experts. Shopper will find furniture and home accessories ready for delivery at their Port Aransas gallery. 1908 TX Hwy 361 361 749-0524 Jo Ds is long established as one of Port As favorite boutiques and home decor retailers. Express your island style on yourself and in your home when you choose from Jo Ds wide and rotating selection of womens fashions furniture and more. 345 N. Alister The Shops at Old Town 361 749-2290 Saltwater Gypsies is where you will discover a unique slightly rustic and sometimes whimsical Texas island motif in fashion antique furnishings art and acces- sories for your home and office. Newly found items are displayed regularly so visit often. 345 N. Alister The Shops at Old Town 936 443-6836 Lone Star Taste has brought a wide and unique selec- tion of Texas specialty food products to Port A from jellies and barbecue sauces to rubs marinades and salsas. Hundreds of products are available with new ones arriving weekly. Gift baskets available. 1023 TX Hwy 361 361 749-7100 chillas lone star taste Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 43 Aka Downtown This popular downtown sushi bar is experiencing an injection of new energy and creativity expanding on the restaurants tradition of high quality and truly authentic Asian cooking. While a number of new rolls have been added to Akas already terrific selection the real evolution is a response to customersrequests for delicacies like live scallops fresh Toro fatty tuna and giant clams. A newspecialtiesmenu carries a chic West Coast influence and includes items like Baby Octopus Ceviche seared esco- lar tuna albacore and yellowtail soft shell crab fresh oysters uni and the increasingly popular Avocado Bomb stuffed with crab and spicy tune and topped with spicy mayo and eel sauce. Enjoy Japanese mainstays like tempura Teriyaki noodles and the Bento boxbut be sure to try the Chilean sea bass or grilled salmon on at least one visit 415 N. Water St. 361 882-8885 Harrisons Landing The casual atmosphere that comes with life on the water is what youll find at Har- risons Landing which is actually a yachting center and marina boutique and bar and restaurant all in one Enjoy cold gulf shrimp and a frosty margarita while taking in the breathtaking sunset over Corpus Christis marina and Bayfrontall while toe-tapping to the sounds of a popular local beach band. Harrisons offers a delicacy for just about The Coastal Food List Typical meal wbeverage under 10 10-20 20-30 30 harrisons landing Corpus Christi Continued on page 46 Coastal Food 44 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Republic of TexasFine Dining Marina View OMNI Hotel 20th Floor 361 887-1600 x3515 Mon-Sat 5p-10p Sun 5p-9p Glass PavilionCasual Breakfast Steaks Salads OMNI Hotel 2nd Floor 361 887-1600 x3510 Mon-Fri 630a-2p 6p-10p Fri-Sat 11p Seawall Food SpiritsOutdoorWaterfront 520 S. Shoreline Blvd. 361 726-3533 Tues-Thurs 11a-10p Sat-Sun 11a-12a UI RestaurantCasual Family Style 309 S. Water St. 361 883-3492 Sun-Thurs 11a-10p Fri-Sat 11a-11p Mamma MiasFine Italian 128 N. Mesquite St. 361 883-3773 Wed-Thurs 5p-9p Fri-Sat 5p-10p WhataburgerFamous Hamburgers 121 N. Shoreline Blvd. 361 881-8987 24 Hours a Day Dos ComalesMexican Food Margaritas 227 N. Water St. 361 885-7702 11a-11p Daily Executive Surf ClubCasual Burgers Salads 309 N. Water St. 361 884-7873 Sun-Thurs 11a-11p Fri-Sat 11a-12a Water Street Oyster BarSeafood Sushi 309 N. Water St. 361 881-9448 Sun-Thurs 11a-11p Fri-Sat 11a-12a Water Street Seafood Co.Seafood 309 N. Water St.. 361 726-3533 Sun-Thurs 11a-10p Fri-Sat 11a-11p Aka DowntownSushi Asian Seafood 415 N. Water St. 361 882-8885 Lunch 11a-2p Dinner 5p-10p Closed Sun SubwaySandwiches 433 N. Shoreline Blvd. 361 888-8800 1202 N. Chaparral St. 361 884-1300 Joes LighthouseWaterfront Seafood 444 N. Shoreline Blvd. 361 904-0227 11a-12a Daily Sonjas RestaurantCasual CafeGerman Bakery 424 N. Chaparral St. 361 884-7774 Sun-Fri 9a-3p Thai SpiceGourmet Thai Cuisine 523 N. Water St. 361 883-8884 11a-11p Daily Bleu BistroFine Romantic Dining 500 N. Water St. 361 887-2121 Lunch 11a-2p Dinner 5p-10p Fri-Sat 12a Mesquite St. PizzaCasual PizzaItalian 615 Mesquite St. 361 882-7499 Open Daily at 11a House of RockBar Music Venue Casual Food 511 Starr St. 361 882-7625 Mon-Sat 11a-2a CrawdaddysCasual Cajun Seafood 414 Starr St. 361 883-5432 Sun-Thurs 11a-11p Fri-Sat 11a-12a Vietnam RestaurantFine Fusion Dining 701 N. Water St. 361 853-2682 Lunch 11a-2p Dinner 5p-9p Fri-Sat 10p Downtown GrillCasual Steaks Seafood 622 N. Water St. 361 883-4745 Sun-Thurs 11a-10p Fri-Sat 11a-11p Harrisons LandingOutdoorWaterfront 108 Peoples St. T-Head 361 881-8503 Sun-Thurs 11a-11a Fri-Sat 12a Sun Brunch Landrys SeafoodWaterfront Fine Seafood 600 N Shoreline Blvd. 361 882-6666 Sun-Thurs 11a-9p Fri-Sat 11a-10p Hoegemeyers Barbecue BarnTexas BBQ 711 Concrete St. 361 884-4227 Mon-Fri 11a-3p Burger KingHamburgers Breakfast 309 IH-37 361 883-3777 6a-12a Daily Railroad Seafood StationSouth Texas Seafood 1214 N. Chaparral St. 361 883-6200 Mon-Thurs 11a-10p Fri-Sat 11a-11p Brewster Street Ice HouseCasualMusic Venue 1724 N. Tancahua St. 361 884-2739 Sun-Wed 11a-11p Thurs-Sat 11a-2a Hesters at the Art MuseumWaterfront Cafe 520 S. Shoreline Blvd. 361 885-0151 Tues-Thurs 11-10 Sat-Sun 11-12a Pier 99Waterfront Casual Seafood 2822 N. Shoreline Blvd. 361 887-0764 Tues-Thurs 11-10 Sat-Sun 11-12a Kellys Deli MarketGourmet Sandwiches 2825 N.Shoreline Blvd. 361 886-6000 Open DailySeasonal 7a-7p BlackbeardsCasual Family Seafood 3117 Surfside Blvd. 361 884-1030 Sun-Thurs 11a-9p Fri-Sat 11a-10p Fajitaville on the BeachFajitas Seafood 221 S. Hotel Place 361 888-5554 Sun-Wed 11a-10p Thurs-Sat 11a-11p Coastal Food Downtown North Beach Restaurant Locator Map 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 8 10 11 12 13 9 23 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 46 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Corpus Christi railroad seafood station any tastefish tacos with avocado and cilantro topped with a special Mexican sauce makes for a perfect lunchcolossal shrimp served grilled or fried in a variety of special battersor enjoy a perfectly grilled fresh fish filet. You might love Harri- sons Landing so much that youll find yourself back the next evening for a yacht ride or sunset cruise. Indoor dining in the beautiful Marina Room now open. Dont miss Sunday Champagne Brunch 108 Peoples Street T-Head 361 881-8503 Railroad Seafood Station Brewery When visiting a coastal destination it is inevitable that you will seek out fresh seafood as part of your trip. South Texas in particular not unlike other regions of the South is home to a very distinct style of seafood that was formulated almost 70 years ago along the shores of Baffin Bay. Those special recipes include the per- fectly seasoned batter used for jumbo fried shrimp and fresh Texas oysters which are served at Railroad Seafood as dinner plates or family stylethat is to say by the pound. Fish lovers will enjoy the freshest snapper catfish drum and flounder prepared fried broiled or blackened. The chefs here expertly dabble in more distant flavors like Cajun Snapper Pontchartrain and Polynesian Colossal Coconut Shrimp which could be one of the very best shrimp dishes in the Coastal Bend. You will also find one of the best hamburgers in town here. Home brewed beer in the adjacent Hofbrau Bar which is big enough for private parties. 1214 N. Chaparral St. 361 883-6200 YO Philly Cheese Steaks While Philadelphias two most famous cheese steak shops have fought for decades over whos best theres no questions whatsoever where you will find the best most authentic Philly Cheese Steak sandwich in the Coastal Bend and that is YO on North Beach. The true Philly sandwich starts with a heap of thin cut steak sauted with onions and mushrooms and topped with melting Provolone cheese. YO is home to delicious burgers along with great sausage sandwiches real Italian hoagies and moremade with specialty meats and cheeses from Philly. YO also serves up hot dogs roast pork and beef and terrific pizzas. YOs second location recently opened at S. Alameda and Doddridge in Midtown Corpus Christi. 3314 Surfside Blvd. on North Beach 361 452-8750 3735 S. Alameda St. at Doddridge 361 452-6901 Hoegemeyers BBQ Barn Just about everyone with a backyard grill thinks they make great barbecuesome of these folks end up openingcue restaurants but only a few really know what theyre doing. In downtown Corpus Christi the recently opened Hoegemeyers BBQ is where you want to go as these folks know barbecue. Every item on the menu is made fresh daily and they keep serving until they run out in the afternoon. Enjoy all the traditional favorites served Hill Country style on plain butcher paper except 48 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Corpus Christi of course for the scrumptious cobblers which you must save room for or at least take a helping home for dessert. Eat by the pound or by the plate and Hoegemeyers is the perfect place to call if you need to feed a hungry group of beachgoers or fishermen and women. Located next door to Concrete Street Amphi- theater in a 1920s building diners and beer drinkers also enjoy live music and other festive events some weekends. 711 Concrete Street Downtown Corpus Christi 361 884-4227 Open for Lunch Only MondayFriday Kellys Deli Market This genuine gourmet sandwich shop offers a wide selection of traditional and unique creations using the freshest and highest quality Boars Head meat and cheese products. Every taste will find something at Kellys from pastrami and roast beef to smoked ham turkey and chicken. Enjoy Italian deliciousness like the Sicilian a traditional New York taste in the Brookelyn unexpected combinations of flavors that create a sen- sation like the Rufus and a fresh Apple Tuna sandwich that will change your whole idea of how good a tuna sandwich can be Satisfy you craving for a meatball sub with the best version in town and even PBJ is done gourmet style at Kellys. Pre-packed picnic lunches available plus full catering. 2825 N. Shoreline Blvd. on North Beach 361 886-6000 Vietnam Restaurant Corpus Christis true fine dining establishment is home to classic fusion cuisine born in French-influenced Vietnam featuring recipes served decades ago in the ancestral eatery of this restaurants owners. Diners return again and again to enjoy the finest creative cooking that includes Chateaubriand Chilean Sea Bass in a White Truffle Sauce Halved and Roasted Chicken and Duck Grilled Eggplant in Fish Sauce and memo- rable fusion creations like Black Pepper Fried Jumbo Gulf Shrimp and a Redfish in Mushroom Cream Sauce. Vegetarians find delectable options at Vietnam Res- taurant including Pepper Fried Broccoli Crispy Sweet and Sour Tofu plus the exceedingly popular Vegetar- ian Delight platter. Each evening Chef Lam offers forth off-menu features that are often seasonal in nature and which always dazzle diners with rich flavor and spectacular presentation. Expect the finest service in Corpus Christi delivered by a professional knowledge- able staff. 701 N. Water St. Downtown Corpus Christi 361 852-2682 fine dining vietnam 50 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Corpus Christi fried colossol shrimp pier 99 Pier 99 Some of the best seafood sandwiches and hamburgers in the Coastal Bend can be found at Pier 99 located on Corpus Christi Beach between the U.S.S. Lexington and Texas State Aquarium. This place is all about waterfront dining with the biggest dining patio built over water in the area and the unique views of downtown and the bay offered from historicNorth Beach.Pier 99 features a huge diverse menu with something for everyone seafood lover or not including awesome desserts like Key Lime pie and peach cobbler. Live country music beach rock and Blues liven up the scene most evenings and all weekends over the summer. 2822 N. Shoreline Blvd. on North Beach 361 887-0764 Fajitaville on the Beach Fajitaville as one would infer is all about those already-legendary fajitasespecially the Akaushi beef fajitas that come from a coveted herd of Jap- anese cattle that are raised on a ranch near Har- wood Texas just east of Luling. One good look at Fajitavilles unbelievable menu however could make you dare stray from the fajitas on your first visit or better yet will have you planning your next visit very very soon like tomorrow. Savory offerings range from ceviche and fish tacos to grilled Ahi tuna and lobster and Portabella enchiladas to a 12 oz. ribeye and Caribbean jerk chicken. We fault no gleeful visitor to the Coastal Bend for putting Fajitaville once twice or thrice on your vacation agenda 221 S. Hotel Place on North Beach 361 888-5554 Seawall Food Spirits The Corpus Christi Bayfronts one and only beach front eatery and watering hole is home to some of the best seafood in town. Try the White Nachos which are made with baby shrimp and crab meat and topped with fantastic homemade guacamole. Seawalls jumbo shrimp are so fresh they might jump off the platebut instead are perfectly grilled or fried or served alongside fried fish and oysters. Enjoy awesome beach food like hamburgers and hot dogs while taking in Corpus Christis iconic bayfront view. The full bar serves up perfect margaritas and daiquiris. Live music on the weekends during spring and summer. 520 S. Shoreline Blvd. 361 726-3533 Coastal Food seawall food spirits 52 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 WallbangersThe Burger Place This Corpus Christi institution was the first to specialize in gourmet hamburgers and has been delighting devoted fans young old and in-between for some 30 years. Wallbangers coined its method of creating the perfect burgerBurgerologywhich starts with buns made fresh daily white and wheat five varieties of the highest quality cheeses a salad and topping bar stocked with the freshest vegetablesbut of greatest importance is the beef itself. You will only find fresh ground chuck here notground beefand there is a huge difference. At Wallbangers your burger is made from the same part of the cow from which rib eye steaks and chuck roast are cut not the underbelly where you get ground beef. Enjoy a masterpiece bacon ched- dar or mushroom mozzarella Stuffed Burger a rib eye steak sandwich Philly cheese steak turkey burger mini-burger three choices of grilled chicken sandwiches or the ginormousThree-Pound Banger Burger which feeds up to six. 4102 S. Staples St. 361 855-8007 Takeniwa Asian Fusion Bistro One of the very few non-chain establishments in the SPID commercial zone Takeniwa offers an inviting atmosphere in which to enjoy elaborate and expertly prepared sushi and all your favorite classic Chinese dishes. Live cooking shows take place in the bistros hibachi area always a huge hit with the kids and that offers fantastic beef chicken pork shrimp and lobster. Takeniwas multiple hibachi stations are the citys newest and most finely constructed. You will find a sushi menu that offers something for every taste from the safest California Roll to most exotic eel creations. Expect excellent service skilled chefs and great attention to detail at this exceedingly popular eatery. Full bar. 5216 S. Padre Island Dr. next to La Palmera Mall 361 336-6888 Corpus Christi Three varieties of Mini-Burgers Wallbangers sushi boat takeniwa Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 53 Coastal Food Middle East Restaurant Market For many years Corpus Christians enjoyed the citys best gyros and baklava at the food counter of this mini-grocery store that specializes in Arab Greek Persian Indian and European products. Earlier this year the food counters many fans were thrilled to see the full service Middle East Restau- rant open up next door and the accolades are coming in Diners enjoy authentic regional cuisine including those famous gyros Kibbi Sheesh Tawook Chicken Tikka Suflaki Shawarma Lamb Kabobs Falafel and Kafta. Youll also find the very best Tabbouleh salad Hummus Samosa Baba Ghanoush plus an array of Greek salads soup and those incredibly delicious Baklava. The scene is casual cafe and you will enjoy watching your meal being prepared in the open kitchen. 5405 Everhart Rd. two blocks south of SPID 361 854-8445 Downtown Grill For decades classic Corpus Christi cooking includ- ed big juicy steaks fresh beautifully prepared fish and of course the best fried jumbo Gulf shrimp that you can find anywhere it seems in the world. Downtown Grill is the one Corpus Christi estab- lishment where you will find this great cooking every day of the week served in a classic setting that brings back nothing but great memories. The pasta and Greek dishes you will find here are fan- tastic and Downtown Grills seafood selection is second to none in the cityfrom Cajun Catfish to Grilled Swordfish the many options will bring you back again and again. Enjoy homemade desserts clearly made to impress. Full bar. 622 N. Water St. 361 883-4745 Mamma Mias Corpus Christians have enjoyed real Italian cook- ing from real Italians by way of New York for some twenty years at this otherwise low profile downtown eatery. What you expect in a genuine trattoria is what you find at Mamma Miasthe freshest pasta in town aged meats and cheeses expertly prepared seafood prime filet medallions under the perfect mushroom sauce and lots of hugs and personality from the restaurants legend- ary owner. 128 N. Mesquite St. 361 883-3773 Water Street Market For almost three decades Water Street Market has been home to three of the citys favorite Corpus Christi Downtown Grill middle east restaurant 54 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Corpus Christi Coastal Food restaurants. The Water Street Oyster Bar and Water Street Seafood Company feature a wide selection of fresh Gulf seafood prepared grilled blackened or fried including a number of recipes that carry a clear Cajun influence. Truly original items include the Shrimp Harpoons mesquite grilled skewers with Andouille sausage the Shrimp Enchi- ladas and the ever-popular Crawfish Stuffed Chicken. The Oyster Bar opened a sushi bar in recent years that has be- come very popular among downtown visitors especially during happy hour. The Executive Surf Club is known for its vast beer selection fun outdoor live music venue and a terrific menu of gourmet hamburgers chicken burgers quesadillas and more. 309 N. Water St. 361 881-9448 361 884-SURF waterstreet- Coastline Cafe at Holiday Inn Marina Hotel This recently renovated iconic Downtown hotel is home to some of the citys uniquely delicious and creative cook- ing here at the hands of Chef Erik Perez. Enjoy a memo- rable South Texas breakfast headlined by a one-of-a-kind take on Huevos Rancheros with crisp hashbrown pota- toes refried black beans two eggs homemade queso fresco onions and cilantro in a crisp tortilla cup. Lunch diners will discover a diverse menu that includes a Texas Ruben sandwich with thinly sliced roast beef sauerkraut crispy habanero onions Swiss cheese and house made Firecracker dressing. The Mexican street food-inspired Bendito Burger is an 8 oz. marinated beef patty on a sour- dough bun with Asadero cheese sliced avocado and ham and topped with a fried egg. Monstrous 707 N. Shoreline Blvd. at Holiday Inn Marina Hotel 361 882-1700 La Playa Mexican Restaurant Cantina In a city with over 80 taquerias the quest for fresh high quality Mexican food especially for out of town visitors can be a hit and miss effort to say the least. La Playa on SPID just south of Weber Road is your first and final stop for great food the best Margaritas in town and friendly prompt service like one would expect in Mexico itself. En- joy delicious sizzling fajitas prepared from beef chicken shrimp and sausage the house signature delicacy the stuffed fried avocado giant shrimp cocktails traditional Tex-Mex tacos enchiladas and tamales a fantastic selec- tion of gourmet seafood dishes from both coasts of Mexico wonderful salads and soups steaks and barbecue including Baby Back ribs and even decadent desserts like tres leches cake. Full cantina bar offering house specialty drinks including top shelf Margaritas and daquiris. 4201 S. Padre Island Dr. near Weber Rd. 361 853-4282 coastline cafe holiday inn marina stuffed avocado la playa spidweber Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 56 Corpus Christi Town Country Cafe Not too many establishments carry the distinction oflocal institutionbut the TC truly is in business in the citys center since the early 1950s where each of their daytime hours seems to be filled with an ongoing stream of devoted customers old young and in between. With your first visit or two you will undoubtedly latch onto one of two menu favorites especially if you order from the breakfast side but if you try something new on every visit your list of favorites will only grow. Long before the chain freeway diners this place was the go-to breakfast place serving the best pancakes an unlimited combination of omelettes fluffy biscuits and Mexican favor- ites like Huevos Rancheros. What you would not expect is what might be the areas best seafood value on a single plate the fantastic broiled redfish topped with fried shrimp. Be patient on weekends as crowds descend. 4228 S. Alameda St. in Town Country Center 361 992-0360 Catfish Charlies For 35 years this Southern-style fish house has delighted generations of diners who enjoy the very best freshwater pure water Mississippi Fried Cat- fish you will find in South Texas along with crowd favorite fried shrimp and oysters. True to the Southern tradition Catfish Charlies is one of the few lo- cal establishments where youll find Cajun style Frog Legs. Terrific Opelou- sas style seafood gumbo and those awesome Hush Puppies along with Bayou Teche Creole Shrimp complete the simple but incredibly delicious menu. Beer wine and homemade Sangria. 5830 McArdle Rd. at Airline Rd. 361 993-0363 catfish charlies Continued on page 59 Coastal Food 58 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Coastal Food Flour Bluff North Padre Island Restaurant Locator Map Island ItalianCasual Italian 15370 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-7737 Brooklyn Pie CompanyN.Y. Pizza 15326 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-1100 La Palma Mexican RestaurantMexican 15326 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-0779 Mikel Mays Bar GrillCasual Waterfront On Bob Hall Pier 361 949-7437 Black Sheep BistroEclectic 15201 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-4819 JBs German Bakery CafeGerman Cafe 15137 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-5474 Rock Rolls Sushi LoungeSushi 15121 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-1110 Costa Sur Wok Ceviche BarPeruvian 15113 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 945-8303 DragonflyEuropeanInternational 14701 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-2224 Good N Crisp ChickenChickenHomestyle 14601 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-0011 Veranda at SchlitterbahnAmerican 14353 Commodores Dr. 361 949-8056 Cancun Seafood Bar GrillSeafood 11862 Texas Hwy 361 361 949-3125 Padre Island Burger Co.Gourmet Burgers 14414 Texas Hwy 361 361 949-3490 Padre PizzeriaGourmet Pizza 14993 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-0787 Texas Mesquite BBQBBQ 14457 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-0065 WhataburgerFamous Hamburgers 14301 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-7777 ScuttlebuttsSeafoodSteaksSushi 14254 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-6769 Mad Meats MoreButcher Shop 14254 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-8888 La Isla Mexican RestaurantMexican 14237 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-3341 SubwaySandwiches 14225 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-9611 Island Time Sushi BarSushiSeafood 14225 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-3046 Bangkok StarAuthentic Thai 13923 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-4900 Island JoesCoffeeCafe 13923 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 867-1276 Docs Seafood SteaksSeafood 13309 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-6744 Snoopys PierCasual Seafood 13313 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-8815 Laguna ReefCasual Seafood 4242 Laguna Shores Rd. 361 937-2600 Taqueria JaliscoMexican 10533 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 937-4606 Pizza HutPizzaItalian 10525 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 937-6336 SubwaySandwiches 10529 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 937-2161 Hunan ExpressChinese 10421 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 937-2222 WhataburgerFamous Hamburgers 1121 Waldron Rd. 361 937-2661 Little Manilla Lumpia HouseFilipino 2124 Waldron Rd. 361 937-5651 Bustillos BBQ Taco ExpressBBQMexican 418 Naval Air Station Dr. 361 939-7179 Boardwalk CafeCasual American 706 Naval Air Station Dr. 361 937-5189 Howards BarbecueBBQ 10210 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 937-1377 El Gallo de JaliscoMexican 10329 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 939-7726 Coffee Waves Flour BluffCoffeeCafe 10309 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 353-4586 Churchs ChickenFried Chicken 9929 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 937-3333 Pauls Seafood MarketRaw Seafood 9810 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 939-7447 La Palma Mexican RestaurantMexican 9929 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 937-3333 La Playa Grill BarCafeSandwiches 1007 TX Hwy 361 361 749-0825 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 14 15 16 16 17 18 18 19 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 20 11 Many island restaurants are seasonal in their open days and hours. Please call ahead. 2 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 59 JBs German Bakery Cafe and Strudel Mania The Coastal Bends first and only authentic German bakery opened to the raves of grateful Padre Islanders a few years ago and JBs popularity and notoriety has spread across South Texas. Stories of San Antoniansthree-hour spontaneous day trips tothe beachthat always include a long stop at JBs for a big bag of baked goods to go have given way to more frequent testimonials of those who drive half an hour fromin townfor their taste of the best baking in the region. JBs pastries breads cakes pies and yes the strudel will take you back to Europe if youve been and will transport your taste buds to a new delightful place if youve not. Owners Juergin and Brigitte exhibit their love of food daily through the hard work and preci- sion with which they deliver culinary bliss to their lucky customers. 15137 S. Padre Island Dr. on Padre Island 361 949-5474 6062 Holly Rd. 361 947-6662 Padre IslandFlour Bluff jbs german bakery Laguna Reef Locals discovered this Flour Bluff seafood house shortly after it opened but its re- mote location has kept it something of a hidden gem for most visitors to the Coastal Bend except for fishermen heading into the waters of Upper Laguna Madre and Baffin Bay. Laguna Reef is located at Bluffs Landing Marina on the far southern end of Laguna Shores Road and has earned a reputation as a home of culinary creativity and skill with the tender bounty of the sea. For this food snob crab cakes and whole floundereach served as occasional specials at Laguna Reefare the real test for seafood cooking because the chef is dealing with products that fully take on the spices and flavors to which they are exposed not to mention the complex cleaning and preparation work involved. High quality standards permeate to all recipes on the menu which includes just about every imaginable incarnation of grilled broiled and fried seafood many with a Cajun touch. Laguna Reef will cook your freshly caught and cleaned fish filets. 4242 Laguna Shores Rd. Bluffs Landing Marina 361 937-2600 grilled yellowfin tuna laguna reef 60 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Coastal Food loma saltada at Costa surPadre IslandFlour Bluff Costa Sur Months of anticipation came to an end in 2013 when Costa Sur opened on North Padre Island. Small bands of fans of island chef Nick Mackrizz who made his name running the cold food counter at Island Mail-n-More have flocked to Costa Sur to see their man in action at the helm of a fully-equipped kitchen. Chef Nick has been freed to flex his culinary muscle in creat- ing a diverse menu inspired by his native Peru that includes fish tacos Peruvian style fried rice and lo mein sauted chicken breast and tenderloin seared or fried fresh fish of the day and of course the one-of-a-kind Peruvian Ceviche that made him famous on the island This ceviche is an experience that will change how you think about fish and maybe how you think about your entire daily diet. Its that good and good for you. Costa Sur recently unveiled their greatly expanded space which added a new cocktail bar a new ceviche bar and tripled the size of their original space. 15113 S. Padre Island Dr. on North Padre Island 361 945-8303 Snoopys Pier Few establishments can claim true legend status but in the world of Texas coastal seafood Snoopys is the real deal. Stories of Steve Martin Laura Bush and other celebrities stopping in gives way to the fact that year after year the very best fish oysters shrimp and of course hush puppies are served up in this waterfront fish house which offers one of the best views in Texas that of the beautiful Laguna Madre. While fried seafood made Snoopys famous over the years their menu has expanded to include deviled crab fish tacos and the ever-popular Snoopyburger. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway in the shadow of the JFK Causeway Snoopys offers free boat docking for customers and whatever you do dont forget to hit Scoopys next door the on-site dessert and ice cream shop. 13113 S. Padre Island Dr. North Padre Island directly south of JFK Causeway 361 949-8815 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 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 62 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Cajun Stuffed Flounder What You Will Need 2 2-pound whole flounders cleaned with a large pocket cut in the center 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 sticks unsalted butter 1 cup diced yellow onion cup diced green bell pepper cup diced red bell pepper cup diced celery cup chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon grated ginger 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons dry vermouth or dry white wine 1 teaspoon smoked paprika Dash of hot sauce Cajun seasoning 2 pounds medium-size raw Louisiana shrimp shells removed 8 ounces Louisiana white lump crabmeat 1 cup fresh unseasoned bread crumbs 1 whole lemon sliced thin What to Do Preheat the oven to 350F. Place the flounders on parchment-lined trays. Rub the skin with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper in the inside of each pocket. In a large skillet over medium heat melt the butter. Add the onion bell pepper and celery. Saut until the onion turns translucent and then add the parsley rosemary garlic and ginger. Continue cooking to combine the herbs and add lemon juice and vermouth. Season the mixture with smoked paprika hot sauce and a light sprinkle of Cajun seasoning. Remove from the heat. Place the shrimp on a cutting board. Reserve a few of the whole shrimp to garnish the top of the stuffing on each flounder. Chop the rest of the shrimp in smaller bite-size pieces. Add the chopped shrimp and crabmeat to the mixture stirring to combine. Add only enough breadcrumbs a little at a time to reach the desired consistency of a moist stuffing. Set aside to cool. To assemble the dish spoon the stuffing mixture into the pocket of each flounder. Place a few of the shrimp on top of the stuffing. Season the fish with salt freshly ground black pepper and a light sprinkle of paprika. Add lemon slices to the top of the fish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes or until the thickest part of the fish easily flakes at the touch of a fork. For serving use two spatulas to gently move each flounder to a platter being careful not to break off the tail section. Serve with crusty French bread. Flounder is the gem of Southern Seafood cooking for its tender texture rich succulent flavor and versatility in the kitchen. Enjoy this classic Louisiana recipe. Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 63 Padre IslandFlour Bluff brooklyn pie co. Brooklyn Pie Co. For New Yorkers pizza can be something of a religiontheres one way to do it and only one place where you can get it. The style of pizza is thin and crispy the test of authenticity has to do with folding your slice and it not droopingand when New York style pizza is sold by the slice its a GIANT slice that easily suffices as ones lunch. This is what you find at Brooklyn Pie Co. a concept that was perfected in Austin and that opened on North Padre Island late last year. New Yorkers say that the pizza here is as close to what you find in the Big Apple and locals are catch- ing on to the flavor and quality that is achieved by using the freshest high quality ingredients and by making dough and sauces from scratch every day. Build your own pizza stating with traditional Italian red or basil sauce or choose of the many specialty pies you will find including the Margherita the Meat Lovers two varieties of Hawaiian vegetarian the classic New York the Laguna with artichoke hearts white cheddar cheese and spinach and many more. Enjoy terrific Buffalo wings and fresh salads. Deliver to Padre Island and Flour Bluff. 15326 S. Padre Island Dr. on Padre Island 361 949-1100 brooklynpie.compadre Dragonfly Curacao Blues This French-owned and operated island bistro is home to the most international menu in the Coastal Bend with fully authentic dishes from Europe and Latin America. DragonflysWorld Tour by Landside of their menu includes French-style filet mignon in tarragon sauce lamb meatloaf and healthy Mediterranean chicken plus a wonderful Italian beef lasagna. TheWorld Tour by Seaside offers deli- cious American crab cakes a French-inspired crusted fish and grilled shrimp plate seafood-stuffed cannelloni from Italy fish tacos from Hawaii and a savory grilled shrimp skewer with coconut sambal sauce ala Malaysia. Curacao Blues next door is the islands first tapas bar which offers a laid-back place to relax and enjoy Spanish- style delicacies and wonderful wines and cocktails like their signature blackberry mojito homemade watermelon martinis and island-favorite sangria. 14701 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-2224 Black Sheep Bistro The addition of Black Sheep Bistro to the North Padre dining scene has pleased locals and vacationers alike with a diverse menu of very well-prepared largely Italian-influenced culinary creations. The short but sweet appetizer menu includes crab nachos sauted mussels grilled jumbo shrimp and jumbo lump crab cakes. The bistro excels with beef offerings of which include a 14 oz. bone-in rib eye a 12 oz. peppercorn New York strip a tender 8 oz. filet topped with caramelized onions and Gorgonzola butter and even an ultra-prime Akaushi beef burger topped with mozzarella. High octane creativity shows through at Black Sheep Bistro with its grilled mahi mahi paired with a blood-orange bur blanc sauce Jamaican style jerk shrimp plus a variety of unique pasta selections. We recommend adding sauted lump crab demi glace mushroom sauce or one of a variety of side items to your entree. 15201 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-4819 64 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Great Cooking with Everyones Favorite Shellfish Barbecue Shrimp Texas Style What You Will Need 2 large Shallots peeled and chopped 1 2-inch piece fresh Ginger peeled and chopped 4 cloves Garlic smashed 34 cup Soy Sauce 12 cup fresh Lime juice 2 tablespoons Sugar 14 cup chopped Green Onions 14 cup Peanut Oil 14 teaspoon coarsely ground Black Pepper 2 pounds Jumbo Texas Gulf Shrimp shells and tails on What to Do Place shallots ginger garlic soy lime juice and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the green onion and oil and blend until combined. Season with black pepper to taste. Place shrimp in a large bowl pour the marinade over and let marinate at room temp for 20 min. Preheat grill to High. Remove shrimp from marinade assemble on skewers and grill for 2 min per side. Serve on rice in tacos in a salad or create Kabobs with peppers pineapple and onions. Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 65 Island Italian Padre Island natives harbor a soft place in their hearts for this beloved local institution. 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 deli- cious 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 high- way 361 949-7737 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. Beef- eaters 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 ex- periences including unbelievable sunsets over Laguna Madre. Outdoor events facility available for reunions weddings fishing tournaments and more. Live music on weekends and boaters can dock and dine. 13309 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-6744 island italian 66 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Coastal Food Port Aransas Mustang Island Restaurant Locator Map Trout St. Bar GrillFine Seafood 104 E. Cotter Ave. 361 749-7800 Virginias on the BayCasual Seafood 815 Trout St. 361 749-4088 Frankies KitchenCasual Diner 717 Tarpon St. 361 749-1909 GiggitysBar Seafood Steaks 722 Tarpon St. 361 749-3663 Liberty Hall InfernoEclecticSushi 106 E. Cotter Ave. 361 749-4888 Roosevelts at Tarpon InnFine Dining 200 E. Cotter Ave. 361 749-1540 Tarpon Bar GrillSeafood 224 E. Cotter Ave. 361 749-1947 SubwaySandwiches 605 N. Alister St. 361 749-5650 Iries Island FoodCasual Gourmet 503 N. Alister St. 361 749-2310 Port Aransas Brewing Co.Casual 429 N. Alister St. 361 749-2739 EATS Port ACafe Breakfast Lunch 112 E. White Ave. 361 749-4286 Oceans of SeafoodCasual Seafood 165 W. Cotter Ave. 361 749-4994 Harbour Lights GrillCasual Waterfront Woodys 134 W. Cotter Ave. 361 749-0771 FINS Grill IcehouseCasual Seafood 420 W. Cotter Ave. 361 749-8646 Dairy QueenHamburgers 307 W. Cotter Ave. 361 749-3339 The PhoenixEclecticSeafood 337 N. Alister St. 361 749-9277 CastawaysCasual Seafood 320 N. Alister St. 361 749-5394 Wild Horse Saloon GrillAmerican 212 E. Beach St. 361 749-0105 La Playa Mexican GrilleMexicanSeafood 222 E. Beach St. 361 883-3773 Venetian HotplateFine Italian 232 E. Beach St. 361 749-7617 The Crazy CajunSeafood Boil 303 E. Beach St. 361 749-5069 Beach Station St. GrillSeafoodSteaks 235 E. Beach St. 361 749-2303 Stingrays Taphouse GrillAmerican 401 E. Beach St. 361 749-2287 Donut PalaceDoughnuts 210 N. Alister St. 361 749-2110 San Juan RestaurantMexican 410 Cut Off Rd. 361 749-6521 Island CafeCasual AmericanBreakfast 301 S. Alister St. 361 749-1741 Moby DicksCasual SeafoodBreakfast 517 S. Alister St. 361 749-9447 Averys KitchenCasual AmericanBreakfast 200 W. Avenue G 361 749-0650 Port A PizzeriaPizza 407 E. Avenue G 361 749-5226 Shells Pasta SeafoodSeafood 522 E. Avenue G 361 749-7621 WhataburgerFamous Hamburgers 729 TX Hwy 361 361 749-0681 Seafood Spaghetti WorksSeafoodItalian 901 TX Hwy 361 361 749-5666 Ed the BeachcombersFine Dining 905 TX Hwy 361 361 749-2662 Coffee WavesCafeSandwiches 1007 TX Hwy 361 361 749-0825 Cancun Grill CantinaMexicanSeafood 1023 TX Hwy 361 361 749-5596 Miss Ks Bistro CateringCafe 1726 TX Hwy 361 361 749-7776 KodysCasual SeafoodBurgers 2034 TX Hwy 361 361 749-8226 Pizza HutPizza 2200 TX Hwy 361 361 749-4555 Slice of Chicago PizzaPizza 2217 TX Hwy 361 361 749-1530 La BaratariaAmerican Fine Dining 3500 Island Moorings Pkwy. 361 749-2212 Black Marlin Bar GrillSeafood Steaks 258 SnapdragonPalmilla Beach 361 749-4653 LisabellasEclectic American Cinnamon Shore 361 749-4222 Seaside CafeBarCafeBreakfast Cinnamon Shore Club 361SeafoodSteaksBreakfast Port Royal Ocean Resort 361 749-5011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 23 11 Many Port Aransas restaurants are seasonal in their open days and hours. Please call ahead. 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 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 Liberty Hall Inferno Legendary island restaurateur Guy Carnathan has run some of the most acclaimed eateries on the Texas Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 69 70 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Coastall in Port Aunder the aliases Beulahs at the Tarpon Inn The Other Guys and The Pelican Club. These days he and his keen sense of what diners really want can be found at Liberty Hall Inferno where menu selections are centered on classic Southern Seafood including Bouillabaise Yucatan style Grilled Yellowtail Plantain Crusted Red Snapper Chicken Fried Floun- der Blue Crab Crusted Flounder Brazilian Fish Stew and even South Texas favorites like Jumbo Gulf Fried Shrimp. 106 E. Cotter Ave. 361 749-4888 Oceans of Seafood This fish market of almost 40 years in Port Aransas took the big step a couple of years ago and opened a seafood restaurant largely based on the large collec- tion of Southern seafood recipes published as a book by the owners mother decades ago. The culinary result is a wonderful selection of fresh simple but perfectly prepared fried fish shrimp and oysters grilled snapper blackened tuna stuffed crab and crab cakes as well as the very popular Louisiana shrimp boil with corn potatoes and Adouille sausage. The atmosphere at Oceans of Seafood is genuine Texas fish house with colorful fishing memorabilia on the walls and dozens of wind chimes hanging from the ceilingalmost all for sale. The great seafood quality you find here may be exceeded only by the terrific value as no plate on the regular menu is priced above 18. 165 W. Cotter Ave. 361 749-4994 La Barataria Chef owner Lezlie Keebler has for four years been delighting guests with an elegant fusion of American cuisine with French and Cajun influences. La Baratarias Continental menu that includes escargot chops and prime steaks and a variety of seafood including Mahi Mahi sashimi grade Ahi tuna and impeccably pre- pared crabcakes and equally delicious lobster cakes plus terrific gourmet pizzas. Enjoy an extensive wine list. Champagne Brunch now offered Sunday starting at noon. And the big bonus Great service. 3500 Island Moorings Pkwy. 361 749-2212 Moby Dicks One of the most popular and busiest establishments on the island and for good reason. Some of the best seafood in town is a good start which includes oysters served raw Mexicali and Rockefeller. The catch of the day is prepped how you like it and youll find Texas cut steaks on the menu traditional seafood served grilled fried and even Hawaiian style and without a doubt locals know Moby Dicks is one of the best breakfast houses around. 517 South Alister St. 361 749-9447 Stingrays Taphouse Grill On the surface Stingrays is a first-class open air sports bar complete with almost 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- Port Aransas Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 71 Port Aransas 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. 401 Beach St. 361 749-2287 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 sand- wiches like chicken salad BLTs and the Club. Enjoy a full selection of homemade breakfast items like blue- berry 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 FINS Grill Icehouse One sure sign of how a Port A restaurant is doing is not the size of the crowd on a Friday night but the size of the crowd on a Wednesday afternoon. FINS is packed with locals who have chosen this casual seafood and hamburger haute as regulars frequent visitors who never miss this place when on the island and new tourists who have heard about the great food and fan- tastic waterfront view. Enjoy the fresh Gulf catch of the day fried or broiled a terrific selection of shrimp cre- ations including tropical Coconut Shrimp fresh salads and seasonal offerings like ceviche and Mahi salad dip. At FINS youll also find one of the best burgers in Port A the increasingly famous half-pound Angus burger. Cooks your catch. Live music on weekends. 420 W. Cotter Ave. next to Deep Sea Headquarters 361 749-8646 fins grill icehouse 72 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Upper Laguna Madre 1 Padre Island National SeashoreThe lon- gest stretch of natural beach in the U.S. offers legendary fishing on both the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre sides of the island. 2 Padre Island BeachKleberg County Less wild than PINS and easier to access this stretch of island beach offers great surf fishing. 3 Bob Hall PierFew public piers are more notable home of the world record onshore catch-and-release an 800 lb. Blacktip Shark. 4 Packery ChannelOpen migration route between the Gulf and the Laguna offering new jetties ample parking boat ramps and fantastic cast and wade fishing onshore. 5 Padre Isles Public Boat RampsCanal- front community provides at least five free public boat ramps providing access to Upper Laguna Madre. 6 Marker 37Bait shop marina storage launches ethanol-free fuel and pier on Laguna Madre take first exit on island side of JFK Causeway. 7 JFK Causeway Low RoadFrom Flour Bluff take causeway to the island but exit to low road along water for great wade fishing. 8 JFK Causeway Island SideUnderneath the bridge find Clems Marina and Billings Bait offering launches store and pier. 9 Packery Channel ParkOnshore wade fishing along channel and flats prime migra- tion route and feeding waters. 10 Kayak LaunchFree launch site situated within productive flats fishing zone. 11 Corpus Christi PassSome of the re- gions best wade fishing can often be found on the back side of Mustang Island and this site Coastal Bend Fishing Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 73 just north of Beach Access Road 3 offers fantastic access to the flats feeding and breeding zone toward the northern end of Laguna Madre. All-vehicle access near highway trucks can traverse extensive series of trails. 12 Fish PassMustang Island State ParkFish Pass was once many years ago open to the Gulf of Mexico from the northern end of Laguna Madre. Although now closed jetties remain extended into the Gulf several hundred feet and some species are known to congregate and feed in between the jet- ties. Beach can be accessed for a fee from the park entrance or free by using Beach Access Road 2 and working your way south. Excellent surf fishing along the typically-uncrowded route. The back side of the pass marks where Laguna Madre becomes Corpus Christi Bay and harbors numerous species feeding just about yearround. 13 Naval Air Station Corpus ChristiThose with military credentials can access the excellent launch and shore fishing facilities on the Navy base located at a perfect strategic loca- tion at the northern end of the Laguna. 14 Boat Hole BasinThis is perhaps one of the least-known but most unique fishing sites in the Coastal Bend. Multiple channels feed bay and gulf waters and the fish that come with them into this heavy seagrass zone. 15 Humble ChannelThe damming effect of the JFK Causeway means that the flow of water and fish in the Upper Laguna Madre is funneled through limited passageways. The first of course is the Intracoastal Waterway under the bridge to the island and the other is Humble Channel located a little more than a half-mile from the mainland Flour Bluff. In addition to being a popular spot for fishing boats two of the areas busiest fishing piers Cos-Way and Red Dot straddle the channel and provide the best access possible to the many species that traverse the channel in their migration through Laguna Madre. 16 Laguna Shores RoadRuns along Laguna Madre in Flour Bluff numerous boat launches and sites for shore and wade fishing. 17 Oso BayWhile this small bay which is fed freshwater by Oso Creek is known more for flounder gigging warm water released from the electrical power plant is said to attract large Redfish. Access at Yorktown Blvd. 18 Bluffs LandingLocated at the southern end of Laguna Shores Road this full service marina facility offers a boat lift storage facility launches fuel lodge and guides for charter in Laguna Madre and Baffin Bay. Home to popular Laguna Reef Restaurant. 19 Baffin Bay20 miles south of Flour Bluff rests one of the most famous fishing destinations in the United States. Baffin Bay is renown for record Speckled Trout which dwell in the extensive network of Serpulid Worm reefs that began forming over 3000 years ago. Boaters should exercise extreme caution in this area as the reefs present a boating hazard. You will see dozens of private fishing cabins situated along Laguna Madre all of which are privately owned on plots leased by Texas Parks Wildlife. The mainland is the private property of the King Ranch so visitors are cautioned against unboarding at these locations without permission. Want to go Fishing Then Fish with the Best Captain Fred Cardona and the Coastal Bend Guides Corporate Outings and Groups 469 867-5653 74 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Port AransasAransas Pass 1 Mustang Island State ParkGreat surf fishing north of Fish Pass Jetties use Beach Access Rd. 2 north of entrance. 2 Shamrock IslandCrossroads of migra- tions route and feeding areas wade fishing and clear water in the summer. 3 Port Aransas BeachSome of the best surf fishing in the Coastal Bend. 4 East FlatsBack side of Mustang Island good kayak wade and flats fishing. 5 Island Moorings MarinaBoat launches and ships store. 6 Horace Caldwell PierExtends 1230 feet into the Gulf good year-round fishing. 7 Port Aransas MarinaNumerous char- ters along waterfront boat ramps at park. 8 St. Josephs IslandUndeveloped island with great surf and jetty fishing. 9 Charlies PasturePark and open area with pier along ship channel. 10 Aransas Pass WetlandsRegulated no- prop zone in marshes with network of kayak trails great wade fishing along causeway. 11 Stedman IslandMarina bait shop pier and boat launches on Redfish Bay. 12 Aransas PassBoat launches and dry dock at Conn Brown Harbor marina bait and launches at San Patricio Co. Navigation Dist. 13 Redfish CoveLittle-known productive spot along boat channel. 14 Ingleside-on-the-BayPublic boat launches along ship channel. Coastal Bend Fishing 76 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Late Summer 2015 Keeping it Legal Texas Bag Size Limits - Saltwater Fish Important rules and details denoted with should be consulted for complete and accurate informa- tion that applies to certain species. This can be found on the TPWD web site Source Texas Parks Wildlife Department Species Daily Bag Length in Inches Min-Max Texas Fishing License Info Obtaining a fishing license in Texas is particularly easy and not particularly expensive but is required for all forms of fishing in Texas watersand while Texas Game Wardens are among the friendliest folks youll ever meet they do have search and entry authority that is more broad than any other Texas peace officer. A fishing license is required for any person over age 17 who takes or attempts to take fish clams oysters shrimp or any other aquatic life in Texas public waters and for fish brought ashore in Texas but taken in federal waters which begin nine nautical miles offshore. In addition to children under age 17 fishing licenses are not required for Texas residents born before January 1 1931 anyone fishing in a Texas State Park and mentally disabled persons who are supervised. Every year the first Saturday in June is Texas Free Fishing Day when no license is required. Anglers should know that TPWD fishing regulations prohibit a number of activities including tournament fraud or to take kill or disturb sea turtles or their eggs endangered or threatened fish species such as paddle- fish smalltooth sawfish and others diamondback terra- pin a turtle species or any marine mammal including dolphins whales and porpoises. It is also illegal to leave edible fish or bait fish taken from public waters to die without the intent to retain the fish for consumption or bait. Rules also apply to tag and release fishing. Fishing license packages most popular in the Coastal Bend are Saltwater Package 30 for Texas residents R and 63 non-residents NR Freshwater Package 30 R 58 NR All-Water Package 40 R 68 NR Saltwater Sportfishing Stamp required 10 for all Freshwater Stamp 5 for all One-Day All Water Fishing 11 R 16 NR Senior age 65 but born after 1930 Resident Saltwater 17 Senior Resident Freshwater 12 Senior Resident All-Water 22. A number of hunting combination licenses are also of- fered along with a Lifetime Resident Fishing License for 1000. Active duty military members pay the Resident fee fishing licenses expire in Texas on August 31 each year and year-from-purchase licenses are available. Fishing licenses are sold in over 1700 locations includ- ing grocery stores outfitters park offices and more. 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