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Review: The Angry Marlin Restaurant and Coolwater Bar

The Angry Marlin and Coolwater Bar
15605 South Padre Island Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Telephone: (210) 272-9973
E-mail: gmier@theangrymarlin.com

In recent years there has been an upswing in what I would describe as casual upscale dining on North Padre Island just across the JFK from Flour Bluff and the greater Corpus Christi metropolitan area.  Popular eateries like Dragonfly and Black Sheep Bistro have joined in with long time favorites like Island Italian to create a food scene that’s as varied and vibrant as any in the area.  They each tend to offer something a little more than just your standard dining experience, be it an outdoor area, distinct dining environment, culinary distinctiveness or infused liquors and unique beverages, each is little different and worthwhile to visit.  The Angry Marlin is a welcome addition to the Island dining scene and describes itself as:

“The Island’s newest restaurant experience, where fresh and local ingredients are always a must. Explore the ever evolving menu of seafood and Santa Fe flavors of chile, corn, and beans with a fusion of French and Italian cuisine.”

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Fast Food Feature: Taco Bell Fiery Doritos Locos Taco

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The new Taco Bell Fiery Doritos Locos taco has been on my radar for a little while recently after I saw one of the commercials for it, and while my overall opinion of the first two tacos in the series is hit or miss (thought the original unimpressive and overly salty, even by Taco Bell standards, but enjoyed the second, ranch style one) I always keep an open mind when it comes to something that sounds good and is potentially at least a little spicy.  Besides, Taco Bell is admittedly one of my favorite fast food places and I always look forward to trying their new specialty items.   Now that full disclosure is completed… 

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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: 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…)