Port Aransas Marina Restaurant Roundup!
Dinner with a View!
Vacationers and homeowners at Cinnamon Shore love the restaurants right inside our village—the ever-popular Lisabella’s Bistro and beloved Dylan’s pizzeria. But one night, you might want to dine while watching fishing boats come and go from the harbor or while checking out the yachts docked there. Newcomer Grumble’s Seafood Co., which just opened during Spring Break, offers a brand-new option with great, casual seafood and generous seating inside and out--on a spacious, waterside deck. It’s a new, waterfront option among the go-to spots, Trout Street Bar & Grill and Virginia’s on the Bay!
How fun is it to finish your margarita while kids head down to the docks to check out the boats? You'll head down later, smelling the salt air and perhaps heading out for a deep sea excursion yourself. Here's a look at where you might take the family to dinner next time you're in town.
View from Grumbles Seafood Co. Deck
New in Town: Grumble's Seafood Co.
850 Trout St.
Hurricane Harvey ravaged The Wharf in downtown Port A, there was a push to update and refresh the area. Grumble's is one new option that boasts one of the Port A Harbor's best decks and a menu that pleases kids and adults.
Don't miss the hushpuppies to start! These southern, fried nuggets of cornmeal always make a great side at the coast, but Grumbles elevates the seafood supper staple to full appetizer status, offering the delicious Original version along with two coastal-infused options -- Shrimp and Bacon Hushpuppies or Crab and Corn Hushpuppies. Served with remoulade sauce, a serving of six is just a must.
Other appetizer offering also have a southern flair--from the Fried Green Tomatoes to Corn and Crab Chowder. The Gulf Fish Ceviche is a fresh with the tang of lime juice and crunch of tortillas. And there's nothing like classic Peel and Eat Shrimp with a view of the boats that brought in the catch.
Main dishes include Shrimp Skewers and the Crab Cake Entree, along with the Fresh Catch Of the Day and Blackened Chicken. With salads, sandwiches like the delicious Mahi BLT, tacos, burgers, and a great kid menu, you can't miss when you bring the family to Grumbles. Plus, there's a full bar for your enjoyment. Order at the counter, then pick one of the rustic-looking wooden tables inside that spacious dining room or head to the breezy deck overlooking boat slips where yachts and other vessels bob.
Just one portion of the spacious deck at Grumbles Seafood Co.
Virginia's on the Bay
815 Trout St.
For some, a trip to Port A isn't complete without a trip to open-air Virginia's, with direct harbor views. On tripadvisor, smithmichael1972 writes: "We love eating art Virginia's! The food and service are always top notch. The open atmosphere overlooking the water is always serene. It's a must stop for us every time we are in Port A."
Gumbo and Clam Chowder get things started. Or choose the fried Calamari, Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Oysters to go along with your margarita. An array of sandwiches including po' boys, an Island Burger, and grilled or fried fish sandwiches. The Mesquite Smoked Jalapeño Tuna Dip seems to be a favorite of frequent guests.
The view, the seafood fare, the casual atmosphere--all ingredients for the perfect afternoon or evening of the bay.
Trout Street Bar & Grill
104 Cotter Ave.
With a sports bar vibe in a bar area where trophy fish mounted on the wall preside, Trout Street offers a full-range menu and a great deck overlooking the wharf and bay.
Choose from apps, soups, and salads, along with entrees such as a 14-oz. Ribeye, crispy Snapper served with cream corn, blackened Redfish, and other seafood specialties. The Fried Food section offers favorites, plus Coconut Shrimp and Chicken Fried Steak. There are even pastas and sandwiches to choose from.
Wherever you dine, stay at Cinnamon Shore!
Book your vacation at Cinnamon Shore, where you can enjoy suppertime at the shore every night. Cook a feast in your beach-side rental, opt to dine at Lisabella’s or Dylan’s, or head downtown!
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Published on Thursday, April 8, 2021