If you want to try the best taco ( Burrito not fried) anywhere try this place. It isn't on the Island but in Port Isabell right off Highway 100. This place is a small cafe that just really locals eat at. I reccomend the Huevos y Chorizo con queso. That is the eggs and mexican sausage and cheese taco. It is huge but if you want you can order the small one. The large is bigg enough to savor later or share and is around 5 bucks.
This place isnt fancy and doesnt require attire. I use to go there after a morning surf in my shorts and t-shirt and sandals.
Don't go there to impress it isnt that type of place. Just a place to eat the best foods around. Handmade tortillas that are to die for. I crave them on a daily basis since I moved.
You must go to the Radisson's Windjammer Rest. with its glass walls it has the best view. Very affordable too. Weather is great it is Dec 20 and 80 degrees today. Welcome to paradise!
Favorite Dish: Mexican Food buffet with beef and chicken fajitas, chef on hand, enchiladas, rice, beans, salsa, etc. are the best!
My wife ordered Fish and Shrimp w/fries and I got Wednesday daily special, Shrimp and fish w/rice. It was delicious. My wife said it was the best fish she had ever eaten. 1 Iced tea, 1 soda, 1 Shrimp & Fish, and 1 Daily Special cost $20.30.
We visited this restaurant at an off hour, late in the afternoon with the kids for a lunch out on the patio. I love the atmosphere of this place, both inside and out. Gorgeous views of the bay~ a great place to relax and have a beer.
This was the moment where I thought to myself....wow...I really DONT miss work!!
Favorite Dish: Honestly, I can't remember what I ate here, I visted this restaurant prior to being a VT member, so I didn't take notes!!
This place was a lot of fun. We departed on our bay fishing voyage from here. When we came back, they cleaned, fileted, and cooked our fish for $7.99 a person.
This is really good food that you wouldn't find anywhere else.
Favorite Dish: haha...funny you ask....it was the fish I caught...a Pompano
This restaurant was always busy when we drove by it. We ate there Monday night. Everyone sits or stands outside while waiting for a table inside. We had to wait about 20 to 30 minutes during the off season, but you will probably wait considerably longer during the weekends or during the high season. My wife and I ordered Onion Rings for an appetizer, and both of us thought they were very good. We both ordered the Monday special, which was Fried Shrimp. Our shrimp, salads and baked potato were very good, and the service was OK. Two iced teas, an appetizer, and two Specials cost $28.31.
We read the (mostly) glowing reviews on this site about Rovan's and were convinced that in order to make our trip complete, we needed to try the breakfast here. And, well, it was certainly right in line with our S. Padre experience so far - just okay, and a big disappointment compared with the build-up it had been given.
When we walked in, the restaurant looked closed - there were no other patrons, the bakery case lights were off, the tables weren't set, and there was one employee walking toward us - we couldn't tell if she was coming to seat us or to tell us to buzz off. They were open, and we sat down and began to take in the cheap, dated atmosphere - framed prints of farm equipment, photos of Miss USA pageants from the 90's, a tricycle-sized covered wagon, and the non-operational model train looped around the room.
The food was marginal at best. Hubby got the "Country Breakfast," consisting of 2 eggs (he got scrambled, which were overcooked), cold toasted Wonder Bread, hash browns (clearly frozen from a bag, and cooked to dessication), and bacon. I got a waffle - nicely crisp on the outside but chewy batter on the inside. And once we were done, we waited for an agonizing 20 minutes listening to our server talking full voice in the back about Wrestlemania, until finally my husband got up and walked back there to hand her our credit card.
So while we didn't find a live cockroach in our silverware like one of the reviewers did, we still don't exactly recommend it.
We were drawn to Texas Moon for their $12.95 ribeye ad in a local magazine. Located in a shopping strip, I was surprised when walking through the front door: it was as if we were transported to a casual, country-western scene. We chose a booth near the jukebox which played classic country songs from George Jones and Johnny Cash to more recent singers like Reba and Randy Travis. When we sat down, I was amazed at their 3-6pm happy hour specials of $1 draft Miller Lite and Shiner Bock. Although we were there around 9 pm, my partner-in-crime had the Shiner (10 oz) while I ordered a strawberry margarita (too sweet for my taste). For dinner, he chose the 12 oz ribeye (tasty, tender - medium cooked) with a baked potato (condiments in little plastic containers - fake butter, fake bacon bits, real sour cream). In contrast I chose the pecan-crusted snapper (yummy) with green beans (with bacon) and coleslaw. I wished the coleslaw was served in a bowl instead of on my plate mixing with my fish and beans. Both meals came with a salad (iceberg lettuce with a couple wedges of tomato) and our dressings in a little to-go container (which was kinda wierd). Overall there seemed to be a nice group of families and locals at this friendly restaurant. As a side note, the menu was broad with tex-mex to seafood to breakfast and lunch specials. (Love the jukebox!)
Favorite Dish: The ribeye and pecan crusted snapper were yummy!
This restaurant was recommanded and we were glad we paid them a visit. Seven of us visited south padre between July 23 - 29, 2006 and had a great time. We all tried something different on Blackbeard's menu and everyone was pleased. The Red Snapper was excellent and the best I had ever tasted. Serve was great. Get their early - busy place.
Favorite Dish: Red Snapper
I was disappointed in this restaurant, there was a salesman at the front of our hotel selling tour tickets, he recommended this restaurant to us, for a casual place to eat- and gave us a coupon.
It is behind the KOA on the water, but I was not impressed with the atmosphere...or the food. More of an attraction here, is that they will cook fish that you catch in the area.
The kids enjoyed the pirate hats..that's about it...
Favorite Dish: No favorites, I wasn't impressed.
Me and my wife read a review on Rovan's and it seemed very nice. See we went there for breakfast, hoping for a warm meal and great local service. As soon as we walked in the door there seemed to be a uncomfortable amotsphere. We ordered and when our food was about to come out my wife unrapped her knife and fork only to find a live cockroach staring back at us. I brought this to the attention of the establishment and there was no apology, nothing. Very unprofessional. Our waiter made us feel very uncomfortable about it and right away we knew this wasnt a place we were EVER going to come back to or recommend. Overall it was terrible service and a filthy establishment.
Favorite Dish: We couldnt eat due to the fact that it was too filthy.
I ordered a frozen margarita and my husband ordered a beer (mug size). It cost us $18 for two drinks. I would not recommend eating or drinking here despite the romantic atmosphere. The buffet was upstairs and it was $19.99 per person.
Way overpriced for the quality and service
Favorite Dish: n/a
The Sea Ranch and Pirates Landing are two seafood houses on either side of the Causeway that are apparently owned by the same people. We were pretty disappointed in both. Prices are high, as expected in a resort area, and the food was mediocre -- bland, breaded seafood and iceberg lettuce salads. To be honest, Red Lobster is far, far higher on the culinary scale than either of these establishments. They seem to cater to older folks who prefer a bland, 1970s style seafood menu. We much prefer to shop at HEB in Port Isabel and cook on our own in the condo, saving our money to eat at better restaurants when we return home after vacation or to add to our shopping fund for a trip over the bridge to Matamoros.
While the pirate ambiance of Pirate's Landing was very appealling to our two sons, ages four and seven, the food is greasy and bland.
Service at both establishments was fine.
Favorite Dish: The Kids Meal paper boat serving dishes at the Pirates Landing are adorable. I can't say that anything we ate at either the Sea Ranch or Pirate's Landing would be considered a "favorite."
My wife and I went here for lunch one day. When we walked in the restaurant, it seemed too warm for us, so we decided to eat at one of the tables outside. The weather was great, and we enjoyed it. She ordered the grilled shrimp salad. She said it was good, but the lettuce was a little bit bitter. I ordered the one-half pound hamburger. It had mustard and mayo, pickles, onion, lettuce on the side. It was very good. The french fries were very lightly battered and very good, and I generally don't eat fries. The salad and burger and two drinks cost $18.00.
This restaurant was the most expensive place that we ate at in 4 days. It was 5 to 10 dollars, per person, more expensive than other restaurants we ate at. We thought that it was over priced for the quality of the food and service that we got. I ordered the Seafood Mix and Match. I ordered broiled fish and fried shrimp. The fish was good and the shrimp was very good. The baked potato was overcooked. My wife had the Shrimp Sampler, - 4 kinds of shrimp. If you do not like spicy food, do not get the jalapeno shrimp. It is spicy. Our salads and coleslaw were very good. My wife's shrimp were very good. The Mix and Match Shrimp and the Shrimp Sampler with one iced tea was $39.98.