Fish Tales

Oct 28, 2019 By Texas Monthly

This Seawall spot packs them in for fabulous views and a wide-ranging menu.

The Gumbo Diner

Sep 2, 2019 By Texas Monthly

If you know what it means to miss New Orleans, you might want to stop by the Gumbo Diner.

Star Drug Store

Dec 3, 2018 By Texas Monthly

This historic landmark offers patty melts and egg creams at a U-shaped counter straight out of the twenties.

The Spot

Nov 4, 2018 By Texas Monthly

A knockout Gulf view plus burgers, po’boys, and massive platters of seafood.


Nov 2, 2018 By Texas Monthly

Mariachis, margaritas, and Mexican food on the Seawall.

Shark Shack

Sep 20, 2018 By Texas Monthly

A laid-back vibe and excellent seafood make colorful Shark Shack a welcome addition to the Strand.


Nov 26, 2017 By Texas Monthly

Old-school Italian favorites in a restored bank building on the Strand.

BLVD. Seafood

Nov 18, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Seafood is king in this coastal city, and this spot attracts crowds with its generous portions and fresh takes on timeless classics. The creative cocktail menu and impressive wine list don’t hurt either. Start with the lightly battered calamari and work up an appetite for the Gulf Coast Flat Fish…

The Original Mexican Cafe

Mar 1, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Cheerful colors add a tropical touch to this erstwhile corner store, where the service is as brisk as the spicy salsa that accompanies the warm tortilla chips. We stop by often, as much for the atmosphere as the Tex-Mex favorites like gooey cheese enchiladas and crispy tacos stuffed with spicy…

Mi Abuelitas

Feb 9, 2016 By Texas Monthly

There’s nothing better than Mexican breakfast done right, and this is where we go for our weekend fix. You can drive right by it and never know what pleasures await inside, like migas with fluffy scrambled eggs and handfuls of jalapeños and onions to add to your tender flour tortillas…

Mama Teresa’s Flying Pizza

Feb 3, 2016 By Texas Monthly

After Hurricane Ike shut down this popular spot on the Bolivar Peninsula we thought that was the end. But thankfully all is not lost. This tasty pizza parlor has, at last, found a new home near the Strand, and it is as delicious as we remembered. They really do toss…

Leon’s World’s Finest In & Out Bar-B-Que

May 3, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

2010: Side dishes do not usually get a high billing on the pages of this site, but Leon’s “stepped up” rice does—the combination of tender rice, stewed celery, onions, and a few other veggies along with a nice spicy kick made for one memorable dish. I placed a to-go order…