South Texas and the Coast Restaurants

South Texas is not a place for trendy gourmet cuisine. A few high-end restaurants experimenting with interesting combinations and the newest food fads can be found dotting Corpus Christi and McAllen, but nowhere else. That doesn't mean the food here is bad, just cheap, informal, and reliable. Family-owned Mexican restaurants dom
South Texas is not a place for trendy gourmet cuisine. A few high-end restaurants experimenting with interesting combinations and the newest food fads can be found dotting Corpus Christi and McAllen, but nowhere else. That doesn't mean the food here is bad, just cheap,
South Texas is not a place for trendy gourmet cuisine. A few high-end restaurants experimenting with interesting combina

South Texas is not a place for trendy gourmet cuisine. A few high-end restaurants experimenting with interesting combinations and the newest food fads can be found dotting Corpus Christi and McAllen, but nowhere else. That doesn't mean the food here is bad, just cheap, informal, and reliable. Family-owned Mexican restaurants dominate the scene in all corners of the region. Good seafood and barbecue establishments also are found in proliferation.

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  • 1. Dirty Al's Bait Stand and Seafood Kitchen

    $$ | Seafood

    Dirty Al's serves fresh seafood but in a noticeably informal—and sometimes rowdy—environment. This place gets packed with pilgrims who have...Read More

  • 2. Manuel's

    $$ | American

    Once tourists have satisfied their urge to taste the fruits of the sea at island establishments, they discover that many of the best alternative...Read More

  • 3. Republic of Texas Steakhouse

    $$$$ | American

    On the 20th floor of the Omni Corpus Christi hotel, you'll be on top of the dining world in this multilevel restaurant that specializes in prime...Read More

  • 4. Sea Ranch

    $$$$ | Seafood

    This is one of the pricier restaurants on the island, and the seafood here is worth it. The view of the returning boats late in the day also...Read More

  • 5. Water Street Seafood

    $$$ | American

    Voted "Best of the Best Seafood" in Corpus Christi for 14 consecutive years, this restaurant pulls in the locals and piles on the tourists who...Read More

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