Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.-Mark Twain-
One of my favorite beaches in Texas is Port Aransas. I haven’t been to South Padre but I hear the water is much clearer. Nothing compared to the water at Florida beaches though. Port Aransas is 4 1/2 hours away from Austin and 1 1/2 hours away from Port Lavaca, my hometown. Unfortunately there was an algae bloom at Port Aransas this year so there was seaweed/kelp all up the shore. The water also wasn’t as clear as last summer when I went with my girlfriends. I was walking along the shore collecting clams when I saw this 4 year old boy shaking the seaweed, so out of curiously I asked him what he was doing. He then showed me his hand and there were tiny shrimp and crabs. I came back the next day with a net in one hand and bucket in the other and spent two days catching shrimp and crabs.
And boogie boarding.
Beautiful dining experience close to the beach. You can either dine inside at a table or at the bar, or outside by the docks. This seems to be a popular spot at Port Aransas so you might need reservations for dinner. Not only do they have seafood but also chicken, steak, and quail.
The oysters were a bit on the smaller side and could have probably been cleaned more extensively. They were a little gritty.
I’ve never tried Mahi Mahi before. Strange they’d name a fish after a dolphin though. It’s rather confusing and shouldn’t be done. Proceeding onto the fish itself, it was pretty good, a nice meaty firm texture too. Very fresh. [Jae Lee]
Ambience: 7; the interior is beautiful especially with sun shining in from the windows and you can see down to the dock to the ocean.
A dark roux based gumbo served with shrimp and fish, served over rice. Unfortunately, the gumbo was bland and there was a lack of fish.
A Cajun favorite made with chicken, ham, smoked sausage, bell peppers, onions and spices. The jambalaya was extremely flavorful and hearty. I recommend!
For the kids, non-seafood lovers, vegetarians, or people like my best friend Jen 🙂
The Crazy Cajun
303 Beach Ave
Port Aransas, Texas 78373