Texas, besides Alaska, is the largest state in the U.S. Texas, as we know, is filled with cultural history and diversity. But, somewhere along the shorelines of those fields is a nearby island that also has a fair share of diversity and wonders of the state.
This barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Texas has a five-mile coastline that gives its visitors a huge space to swim and relax under the sun. The thing is since it’s an island, swimming and sunbathing are not only the things you can do. The Mustang Island State Park offers a variety of activities to do, and it’s up to which one you’ll do first. You can either go camping, swimming, hiking, kayaking, or picnic. It’s a place filled with activities you can enjoy with your friends and family. But, one thing you can enjoy and maybe everyone does, is to eat, right? So, if you’re planning a trip to Mustang Island and looking for somewhere to eat, you might want to check Port Aransas out.
Port Aransas was formerly known as Ropesville, and it was established in 1855 when Robert E. Mercer moved in and built a cabin on the island. A rich history formed the island from when the first community post office was built, the first school was established, up to the resorts started to appear one by one after World War II. With the history written all over Port Aransas, it’s a surefire that most of the visitors will enjoy their visit. But one thing that’s sometimes overlooked is the restaurants established at the Port. Though Port Aransas is known for its relaxing beaches and stunning views, the food also gives its fair share of its attraction. Port Aransas; home to a variety of seafood restaurants and places serving distinct flavors of Cajun and Creole.
Top Rated Restos at Port Aransas
If you’re looking for a list to pick which restaurant to eat at, then we got you covered. This list won’t give out any point details, but a summary of what you can expect. Without further ado, here it is.
1. Irie’s Island Food
If you want a combination of fresh food and crazy twists, well, this is for you. I’ll go right with the popular choices on the menu; it’s the grilled Wahoo Taco and Panko Mahi Taco. But, you might opt to try their sandwiches and burgers as well. You can either eat on their picnic tables outside for a better view and ambiance or maybe do takeout and eat by the shorelines. They’re open from 11 am to 3 pm. But during summertime, they tend to close their store early because they sell out very quickly.
2. Beach and Station Street Grill
This is one perfect example of the quote, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” It doesn’t really vibe even you stare at it, but once you tried their food and specialties, no doubt it’s a recommendable resto. The most picked specialties are the Broiled Flounders and Shrimps, but you can also trust the staff’s recommendation for the day. They also serve typical American staples such as a burger with fries and chicken. Do make sure to order their Lime pie and Bourbon Pecan pie; those are top-tier choices when you’re there.
Are you looking to eat some pasta? Shells has you covered. This family-run restaurant serves pasta and seafood with some twists. They get a lot of customers on a daily basis, so unless you’re fine with waiting for a table, then you should definitely go early. The pasta they serve is mixed with seafood, and the way it’s prepared made their customers come back. So, if you want something new with a pasta dish, do try this.
4. Crazy Cajun
If you enjoy that distinctive taste of Cajun and Creole flavors, then you’re in the right place. From the name itself, you’ll surely enjoy the fresh plates of seafood seasoned with Cajun or Creole. It’s also worth saying that this place is more of a “fun with friends” type of place. They offer live bands every night that can add a layer of fun to the atmosphere. Things can also get messy since plates are barely used here, so eating with your hands is highly recommended. They have a variety of dishes you can choose from, but a must-try is their signature dish Crazy Cajun Favorites; it’s a combination of crab, clams, crawfish, shrimp, smoked sausage, corn-on-the-cob, and potatoes.
Explore Port Aransas!
There are a lot more choices in Port Aransas you can definitely check out, so if you’ll be in the area or planning to go there, make sure to check those out as well. Do remember to enjoy your trip and make the most out of it, eat, relax and enjoy!