Texas' Best Seafood Dives

There's plenty of great seafood in the great state of Texas!

Executive Surf Club, Corpus Christi
What to expect: Surfboards for tables and a nice shrimp burger.
Check it out: 309 North Water Street; 361/884-7873 or executivesurfclub.com

Pier 99 Restaurant, Corpus Christi
What to expect: Opt for the shrimp plus fried calamari, gumbo, or clam chowder against a backdrop of the museum ship USS Lexington and views of Corpus Christi Bay.
Check it out: 2822 North Shoreline Boulevard; 361/887-0764 or pier99restaurant.com

Snoopy’s Pier, Corpus Christi
What to expect: Great fried seafood in a bright blue building under the bridge to Padre Island.
Check it out: 13313 South Padre Island Drive; 361/949-8815 or snoopyspier.com

Marchan’s White Sands Restaurant, Port Isabel
What to expect: Nothing fancy, just fresh, well-prepared, plentifully portioned seafood and lots of local fans.
Check it out: 418 West Highway 100; 956/943-2414 or the-white-sands.com

The Boiling Pot, Rockport
What to expect: Mounds of boiled seafood dumped on your table.
Check it out: 201 South Fulton Beach Road; 361/729-6972 or theboilingpotonline.com

Gilhooley’s Restaurant, San Leon
What to expect: Great oysters in innovative combinations (such as barbecued with garlic sauce and shrimp). Nice gumbo, too.
Check it out: 222 9th Street; 281/339-3813

Topwater Grill, San Leon
What to expect: This restaurant-bar overlooks an obscure patch of Galveston Bay southeast of Houston. Go for the locally harvested items, such as shrimp, oysters, crab, and black drum. And don't overlook the thick, spicy crab-and-corn chowder.
Check it out: 815 Avenue O; 281/339-1232 or topwatergrill.com

Wanna Wanna Beach Bar & Grill, South Padre Island
What to expect: Beachfront tiki hut. Cold beer, fried shrimp.
Check it out: 5100 Gulf Boulevard (at Wanna Wanna hotel); 956/761-7677 or wannawanna.com

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