One of the greatest things about fishing is the freedom to have freshly caught fish as your next meal. Although when you’re on vacation, you may not want to actually do the cooking. These restaurants know you want to enjoy your catch without the work that goes into preparing it. So, leave it to them! Here are restaurants in Corpus Christi that will cook your catch.
Let the talented kitchen crew cook your catch, just ask the waitstaff for details. As the sun sets, there’s no better place to relax and enjoy dinner than on the deck under the J.F.K. bridge overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. If you sit on the patio, you might even catch a pod of dolphins swimming by!
Doc’s serves fresh Gulf seafood with an extensive bar menu. In fact, Doc’s is a three-time 1st place winner of “The Taste of the Island” People’s Choice Award. The winning entries were blackened ahi tuna and freshly sliced watermelon on a won-ton crisp and Doc’s homemade seafood gumbo made with local mahi-mahi, shrimp, blue crab and fresh okra with a homemade roux!
13309 S. Padre Island Drive
Over yonder from Doc's is Snoopy's Pier, a family-friendly casual seafood restaurant right on the water. The restaurant also has an on-site fish house and shrimp breading facility so they’re about offering the freshest quality possible for customers. Owner Ernie Butler was a commercial fisherman who decided to stop trying to catch fish and shrimp and started cooking them instead. Be sure to check out Scoopy’s Veranda next door for dessert!
13313 S. Padre Island Dr.
Angry Marlin, known to the locals as “desert-short” since co-owner Rick has lived on Padre Island for years and co-owner Glenn moved to town as a transplant from Sante Fe, is serving up a combination of seafood and New Mexican flavors of chile, corn and beans. Some of their specialties include pan-roasted sea trout topped with lemon beurre blanc and roasted corn salsa and calamari served with a Thai garlic pepper sauce.
15605 S. Padre Island Dr.
Chef Dominque brings French flair to Padre Island at Dragonfly. The menu includes savory escargot, grilled shrimp skewer topped with spicy sambal sauce served with sweet potato plantain cake and jumbo shrimp linguini tossed in garlic lobster Cognac cream sauce with mushrooms and mild roasted peppers. Too much to choose from? Check their website for their daily special.
14701 S. Padre Island Dr.
In addition to an expansive and delicious sushi menu and a steam bar featuring peel and eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell, snow crab, steamed clams/mussels and Alaskan king crab all at market price, Scuttlebutt's also offers a “Cook Your Catch” service.
Their “Cook your Catch” service is super simple—upon your arrival to Scuttlebutt's, inform the host that you have fish for “Cook your Catch.” All fish must be presented cleaned and ready to cook. Once seated, one of the chefs will greet your table to discuss the variety of ways that your fish can be prepared and to offer sauce pairings.
14254 S Padre Island Dr.
The Boathouse Bar & Grill in North Padre Island is the place to be for a beach party and sports bar all year round! They have a “you catch it, they cook it” -- grilled, pan seared, blackened or fried plan which includes one side at just $12 per plate. The best part? You can eat right on the water across from the Gulf of Mexico. It doesn’t get much fresher than that!
15241 Leeward Dr.
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