Irie’s Island Food
The new, bigger location lacks the salty charm of the little blue shack on North Alister, but it does have more room (inside and out on the patio) for the locals and tourists who have declared this eatery the best on the island. Even better, it has a much-expanded menu, with a culinary range (loco moco rice bowl, crispy tacos, chicken-fried steak) that would invite skepticism if you didn’t know that everything the kitchen puts out is a winner. Order this to go: Irie’s is known for its tacos, and they don’t disappoint. The house-made flour tortillas come filled with the likes of panko-crusted mahi, fried chicken, and deceptively delicious grilled pork with roasted poblano. The crispy beef tacos are sheer nostalgia on a plate and absolutely wonderful. Fried seafood baskets are perfectly executed, with some of the best hush puppies we’ve had in a long time. Pro tip: Go early if you want the curried coconut shrimp, which sells out quickly.
Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.
City: Port Aransas
Drinks: Beer, Wine