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Trout Street and The Crazy Cajun

June 12, 2010

Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.-Mark Twain-

Port Aransas.

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.

Trout Street.

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.

Fried Oysters.
The oysters were a bit on the smaller side and could have probably been cleaned more extensively. They were a little gritty.

Fried Mahi-Mahi.
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.

Food: 7.5; their fried favorites are good. I would like to come back for their fish tacos and po-boys.
Service: 8; our waiter was super attentive [maybe a little bit too attentive] and the restaurant was well staffed
Price: 8; the pricing isn’t that expensive considering that this is a vacation spot and the food is well worth it.
Overall: 7.6; perfect get together for friends to see the sunset or a romantic date. Good food with a good view.
Trout Street Bar & Grill
104 West Cotter
Port Aransas, TX
http://www.tsbag.com/

The Crazy Cajun.
One of the three oldest restaurants at Port Aransas. It opened back in 1987 but it has since moved to a new location but still serving it’s great original Cajun mix. We went for lunch, it was pretty dead and there was a lack in wait staff. Several people came in after us but then left. During the day the business seems pretty slow… However at night the place was packed with a line out the door.
Complimentary bread and butter.
Seafood Gumbo. 
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.
Jambalaya.
A Cajun favorite made with chicken, ham, smoked sausage, bell peppers, onions and spices. The jambalaya was extremely flavorful and hearty. I recommend!
Cheese Pizza.
For the kids, non-seafood lovers, vegetarians, or people like my best friend Jen 🙂
Ambience: 3; the restaurant is run down and their clean up is very low maintenance. Paper plates, plastic bowels, and plastic utensils.
Food: 4.5; no salads and lack of seafood dishes.
Service: 2; there was only one guy who seated, waited, and got our checks.
Price: 4; the price doesn’t match up to the portion size or the flavor
Overall: 3.3; Has anyone tried their Hungry Cajun which is a shrimp, crab, and crawfish boil?

The Crazy Cajun
303 Beach Ave
Port Aransas, Texas 78373
http://www.thecrazycajun.com/

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Jane Ko is the founder and editor in chef of the food blog, A Taste of Koko. She is a blogger, food photographer, social media ninja, pastry chef, recipe tester, and brand developer. Currently resides in Austin, Texas with her Maltese puppy, Basil.

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