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Top five places to eat on South Padre Island

I’ve already visited South Padre Island twice this year, and have at least one more trip planned this summer. My frequent visits have allowed me to explore most of the restaurants on the Island. So here are my top five places to eat on South Padre Island:





5) Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill – This restaurant didn’t make the list because of the food. It’s the atmosphere that makes this place fun. It claims to be the biggest beach bar in Texas. There is a concert stage, ample seating, volleyball courts, and the list goes on. You can eat standard bar food while enjoying some of the best people watching on the beach. It is located adjacent to the La Quinta and the Hilton Garden Inn. If you stay close by, be prepared to hear the crowds at Clayton’s until closing time.




4) Padre Island Brewing Company – This restaurant and brewery is located on the main drag in South Padre Island. The variety of food is great, not to mention the beer sampler tray. All 5 beers that they are currently brewing are put on one board for you to try. I consider myself a ceviche connoisseur, and I love that theirs shrimp based and served with fresh tortilla chips.



3) Senor Donkey – This Mexican restaurant has some of the most friendly wait staff on the Island. My  boys love the selection of Mexican sodas, including Coke made with pure can sugar. The fajitas, burritos and fish tacos are all top notch. Hubby loves that you can order the queso with meat added to it. I wish their salsa was a little more chunky, but it definitely had spice to it.

2) Daddy’s – Owned by the same family as Señor Donkey, this is their Cajun restaurant. While we’ve enjoyed their cajun food, we think the best items are the simplest. The seafood baskets of fried shrimp or fish, taste like they were caught that afternoon. One friend commented that she thought the salad dressing were so rich and creamy that they had to be homemade.



The view from the Cafe on the Beach…


1) The Cafe on the beach at the Palms Resort – The Palms Resort is actually a small 2 story hotel with a tiny pool that reminds me of the 1950s. But don’t let the unassuming nature of the “resort” deter you from visiting. The Cafe sits on the end of the rectangular building and faces the gulf. It is by far, my favorite food and atmosphere on the Island. This indoor/outdoor restaurant is small on space, but big on charm. Not only is the food freshly made and well presented, the wine list will surprise you. I’m always tempted by the daily lunch or dinner specials and have never been disappointed.

There are lots of other restaurants that we’ve visited on the Island. I can’t say that any of them have been bad. Peak vacation weekends can mean big crowds and long wait times at most restaurants. Trying to have dinner late or early might be a good idea. No matter which restaurant you visit, you won’t go away hungry.

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