The Texas Gulf Coast is a truly beautiful place. Along the entire stretch, you’ll find blue water, white sand, quaint fishing towns that seem frozen in time…and absolutely amazing restaurants. From hole-in-the-wall, unassuming eateries to waterfront restaurants with breathtaking views, here are 11 of the best places to eat on the Texas Gulf Coast.
1. Ceviche Ceviche (South Padre Island)
If you've never had ceviche, it's a delicious salad-type meal of seafood, mango, onions, lime juice, avocado, and other fresh fruits and vegetables - oh, and a heaping serving of chips to scoop it all up, of course. The seafood is fresh as can be, and the prices are reasonable. Ceviche Ceviche definitely deserves its ranking as the #1 restaurant on the island.
2. Snoopy's Pier (Corpus Christi)
Snoopy's has been serving up freshly-caught seafood for almost 40 years. Just hours before making it to your plate, it's fished out of the Gulf and cooked to your liking. There's everything from oysters to catfish to shrimp, and you won't be disappointed with whatever you decide on.
3. The Spot (Galveston)
If you like big, juicy burgers, The Spot is the place for you. The portions are huge, and there's even a topping bar where you can load up on all your favorite veggies and condiments. The atmosphere is just what you'd expect from a beach town - laid back with tons of outdoor seating to watch the waves and feel the wind in your hair. Oh, and don't forget the waffle fries.
4. Boiling Pot (Rockport)
It doesn't get much more Cajun than this, y'all. Crab, red potatoes, corn, sausage, and crawfish boiled to perfection and dumped in the middle of the table for everyone to enjoy. Delicious and authentic.
5. Moby Dick's (Port Aransas)
Moby Dick's is a fun restaurant in Port Aransas with great seafood and an atmosphere that'll instantly raise your spirits. Pirate ships, parrots, and palm trees are all around as you dine on oysters, shrimp, crab, or whatever you prefer. They even serve breakfast! How does a shrimp omelet sound?
6. Joe's Oyster Bar (Port Isabel)
Not only are the oysters at Joe's fresh and delicious, but they're also cheap - $10.95 for a dozen. Good luck finding a deal like that anywhere else!
7. Tookie's (Seabrook)
Seabrook might not be the first place that comes to mind when you want a good burger, but Tookie's will change your mind for sure.
8. Louie's Backyard (South Padre)
Louie's is a laid-back, island-vibe restaurant with a breathtaking view of the water. The food is buffet-style, but that doesn't mean it isn't high quality - everything is fresh and replaced in a timely manner. It's a great place to hang out, have a drink or two, and enjoy the weather with friends and family.
9. Doc's Seafood and Steaks (Corpus Christi)
Doc's is a waterfront seafood restaurant with impeccable service, amazing food, and even a pet-friendly area! They use interesting sauces and seasonings, like this Poblano sauce over blackened catfish, and you'll think you're eating at a gourmet restaurant.
10. Gaido's (Galveston)
Of course Gaido's had to go on the list. It's been around for over a century serving up some of the freshest, most flavorful seafood around. It's an obligatory stop when in Galveston.
11. Irie's Island Food (Port Aransas)
This unassuming eatery has some of the most delicious island food you'll ever eat - and a wide variety of it, too. From fried rice to tacos to hamburgers (they make their own buns and tortillas!), there's something delicious for everyone. They even have homemade beignets for dessert.
If you take this beautiful road trip down the Texas coast, you can stop and enjoy them all.