Lower Gulf Coast restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Port Isabel

Joe's Oyster Bar Restaurant

Ask for recommendations on where to eat in Port Isabel, and this combination fishmonger and restaurant is the most common suggestion by far. It makes a mean po'boy sandwich, the oysters are renowned, and you can get…
Mexican in Port Isabel

Manuel's Restaurant

The steady 'patting' sound you hear comes from the ladies in the back room making flour tortillas. Everything is dead simple here, including the decor, but the classic Mexican fare is excellent and the ambience casu…
Seafood in South Padre Island


It's been dishing out seafood in SPI since 1978, and while the large servings and quality speak for themselves, the huge outdoor terrace certainly isn't hurting its cause. Blackbeard's is popular, and you might have…
Seafood in South Padre Island

Pier 19

On a pier jutting far out along the water, this rambling eatery has a huge menu of fried seafood, burgers, ceviche, fish tacos, po'boys and much more. If you're just looking for a sundowner, head to the bar all the …
Seafood in South Padre Island

Sea Ranch

A little classier than the beach-bum standard on SPI, Sea Ranch has an impressive menu of wild-caught seafood and Angus steaks. It overlooks the harbor and has an elegant vibe. It doesn't take reservations, but it's…
Cafe in South Padre Island

Grapevine Cafe and Coffeehouse

Tasty fresh coffee ($2-$5) is backed up by a reliable menu of American and Tex-Mex breakfast and lunch dishes, ranging from eggs Benedict to huevos rancheros, with a decent number of gluten-free and vegetarian choic…
Cajun in South Padre Island

Daddy's Seafood & Cajun Kitchen

It's not exactly Cajun spicy, but it certainly has Cajun flavor. Order big with the Cajun mixup: a mess of shrimp, crawfish, sausage, potatoes and corn all boiled up together. Lunch specials for $10 are also popular…
Mexican in Los Fresnos

Elva's Mexican Restaurant

The portions are huge, the prices are small and the staff are friendly. It might take a poco of Spanish to get an order placed, but once it comes it's more than worth the effort.
Market in South Padre Island

Blue Marlin Supermarket

For self-catering, this is the best choice on the island and prices are similar to the mainland.
Barbecue in Port Isabel

Porky's Pit BBQ

It may not look like much from outside, but we dare you to walk around Port Isabel's museums and not be drawn in by the tantalizing smells coming out of Porky's pit smoker. We like the Porky's pulled-pork sandwich, …