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Thursday Lunch: June 28, 2018

More of the wife’s fantastic cooking in left over form for lunch. This time it’s leftover Chicken Jalapeño Popper Pasta Cassarole. As my wife knows, I’m a huge fan of cassaroles, which benefits us both quite often since they tend to be easy and quick to make. This one features chicken, lots of cheese, pasta, jalapeños for a mild kick and some cream cheese as well. I can and will attest that not only was it really good when she made it for dinner a couple of nights ago, but it also is a fine lunch as leftovers. Can’t wait to see what’s going to be on the menu for dinner.


Review: La Playa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

La Playa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

4201 South Padre Island Drive

Corpus Christi, TX 78411

(361)853-4248

Hours:  Mon – Sun, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

To my knowledge, there are at three restaurants that are actually labeled as “La Playa” in the Corpus Christi area, and at least one other that basically has the same menu.  Ironically, one of the locations that is actually labeled as a La Playa has a very different menu from the other two, well relatively speaking for Tex-Mex food that is.  It wouldn’t be truthful to pretend that I don’t already have some very set opinions about all these locations having eaten at them all repeatedly over the last several years for a variety of reasons.  By and large, my opinion is generally favorable overall, but that is the past.  This is focused on my visit recently to the location on South Padre Island Drive near Weber Road. (more…)


Review: Beaches Cafe & Bakery

Beaches Cafe & Bakery

118 Beach Street

Port Aransas, Texas

(361) 749-BBQ1

Hours:  Sun – Thurs  7:30 am – 9:00 pm

               Fri & Sat  7:30 am – 10:00 pm

 Sometimes it’s nice to get out to the beach in the summer, especially given my close proximity to it anyway, and a trip to Port Aransas is usually a good time, even if it was just to get my baby girl’s picture taken with a monkey in from of a souvenir shop.  Anyway, the point of all of this is that I found myself in Port Aransas, a couple of hours after lunch time, hungry and with a hungry little girl and a couple of other hungry adults.  My general opinion of most of the places that I’ve eaten at in Port A in years past has been that they are extremely overpriced tourist places.  Many of the old local joints that I used to enjoy when I was out there all the time are no longer there.  It was time to try someplace new.  After a little driving around, we all decided to stop at a touristy looking place called Beaches Cafe & Bakery.  (more…)


Review: Dragonfly Restaurant & Curacao Blues

Dragonfly Restaurant & Curacao Blues

14701 South Padre Island Drive

Corpus Christi, TX 78418

(361) 949-2224

Hours:  Tues – Fri (Lunch) 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Tues – Thurs (Dinner) 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Fri – Sat (Dinner)  5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A lot of buzz was circulating around this place out on Padre Island, almost universally positive, but I hadn’t had a chance to get there and try it out for myself, but I was certainly very curious.  I love local, non-chain places, at least I love to try them out.  History has dictated that despite the local designation some of them turn out to be major disappointments (I’m looking at you Bellino’s Italian Restaurant).  Even so, during the vacation out at Mustang Island, I had a chance to make lunch at Dragonfly and jumped at the chance.  I was accompanied by my baby girl and three other adults, and we arrived right as they opened for lunch at 11:30 a.m.  (more…)