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78 Texas Coastal Bend tour guide Early Spring 2016 Padre IslandFlour Bluff 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 Mediter- ranean chicken plus a wonderful Italian beef lasagna. TheWorld Tour by Seaside offers delicious 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. Cura- cao 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 dragonflycuracao.com Bangkok Star Restaurant Without a doubt this is the island home for authentic Thai cuisine plus wonderful sushi prepared more in the Thai style. Enjoy sensational soups and curry with chicken and shrimp always the best products and best cuts like real white chicken breast in every order. Traditional dishes like orange and sesame chicken are prepared perfectly as like you would find in some of the best West Coast Thai food houses. Popular Masa- man and Panang curry and even Flounder curry com- plete a first class menu that caters to those who have enjoyed and appreciate the cuisine and of Thailand and Southeast Asia. Bangkok Stars sushi selection is second to none on the island and Port A residents might remember Thai Phoon. 13929 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-3550 Texas Mesquite BBQ Grill Padre Islands single barbecue joint recently came under the new ownership of two veterans 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 res- taurants Texas barbecue to new heights but also in- troduced 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. Every- thing here is homemade including rubs and sauces that contain the most tasteful and natural ingredients like hand-selected peppers and spices. The gourmet burgers are fantastic and this is one of the few eateries where you find exotic meats like elk bison goat and even kangaroo 14457 S. Padre Island Dr. 361 949-0065 texasmesquitebbq.com