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South Padre Island is a barrier island along Texas’ Gulf Coast and a popular holiday destination, with beautiful beaches and plenty of outdoor activities on land and sea to work up an appetite with. We explore the 10 best places to dine on the island when you need refueling.
Pier 19 is located on the pier on South Padre’s Laguna Madre and specializes in fresh, Gulf of Mexico seafood; you can even bring in your own ‘catch’ for Pier 19’s chefs to cook up. Pier 19 serves traditional breakfast favorites, vegetarian options, burgers and soups. Try the mahi po’boy with mahi-mahi battered in crushed potato chips and served with chipotle crab mayo. Other delicious menu items include baja tacos, seafood enchiladas, seafood burritos, Cajun steamers and seafood pasta.
Pier 19, 1 Padre Island Blvd., South Padre Island, TX, USA, +1 956 761 7437
On weekends, Kranzler Café’s breakfast menu is one of the best on the island, offering treats such as specialty frittatas, specialty scrambled eggs (such as the ‘Big Apple,’ with diced apples, apple-smoked bacon and caramelized onion), crepes and an assortment of omelets and egg dishes. For lunch and dinner, Kranzler Café serves up hand-crafted sandwiches, pasta dishes, salads and delicious entrees daily. The saffron shrimp with mussels, lemon and herb chicken, rack of lamb and seafood puttanesca are recommended.
Kranzler Café, 3109 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX, USA, +1 956 772 1840
Gabriella’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria, offers some of the only brick oven-made pizzas in the state and a rich menu of Italian favorites. Antipasti at Gabriella’s includes Italian nachos (topped with black olives, Roma tomatoes, Tuscan relish and mozzarella), zucchini fritters and toasted ravioli. Other delicious dishes include ‘The Sicilian’ and the ‘Leaning Tower of Cheeza’ pizzas and freshly made house pastas.