South Padre Island

The Painted Marlin Grille

Dec 13, 2016 By Texas Monthly

We can’t say that the fried seafood, burgers, or ceviche served at the Painted Marlin stand out from the typical array served up and down South Padre Island. But we certainly enjoyed the fun atmosphere, complete with whimsical painted fish, from our sunny bayside table. The service was friendly, and…

Gabriella’s

Jun 7, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Gabriella’s is known to serve some of the best pizza on South Padre Island, but it has so much more going for it. Checkered tablecloths adorned with dripping wax candles atop Chianti bottles make a cozy atmosphere for classic dishes like littleneck clams and linquine in a garlicky butter-vermouth sauce…

Smokey Tales BBQ

Feb 3, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Like beachcombers searching for treasure, we’ve scoured South Padre Island from shore to shore for good barbecue, and we just may have discovered it. Smokey Tales’ hot links had a nice spicy punch and very little grease. The pulled pork and well-rendered fatty brisket were served moist with a nice…

Sea Ranch

Aug 24, 2015 By Texas Monthly

As we watched a fishing fleet return with the setting sun, we were disheartened to learn that the snapper throats we craved were sold out (who leaked the secret?). Nevertheless, we were delighted by the General Hector: broiled flaky flounder with sweet Gulf shrimp riding atop. A local’s hangout, this…