After a long day of exploring the pristine shorelines of the Island, indulge like a local with eats off the beaten path. With over 40 local spots to choose from, the Island offers visitors casual, take out, and fine dining, with beach and bayside settings. From fresh, Gulf Coast seafood samplings to authentic Mexican cuisine to All-American favorites, these hidden gems are not to be missed!
Hidden Island Gems
Chillito Pikin – An Island favorite, Chillito Pikin offers the most authentic taste of "South of the Border" flavors. The restaurant serves up homemade chalupas, enchiladas and tacos of all kinds, as well as several varieties of fresh "aguas frescas" (fresh fruit drinks). You can't go wrong with their Tacos Pastor — just don't forget to try the guacamole! Have a big appetite? Take the Monster Torta challenge! This gigantic sandwich is big enough to feed a family, but if you can tackle it on your own the sandwich is free. Regardless of what you try, you won’t leave hungry!
Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday | 3305 Padre Blvd.
Upper Deck Poolside Bar & Grill – Looking for an adult only spot to relax on the Island? This hidden bar and grill is attached to the Upper Deck Hotel, and offers up classic burgers and sandwiches. Grab an Island beverage like the Mango Margarita, order up a Jalapeño Philly Cheesesteak or a Monte Cristo sandwich and enjoy the relaxing vibes of dining poolside.
Hours: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday | 18 & up only | 120 Atol St.
The Palms Cafe on the Beach – This hidden gem is nestled in the dunes with an unobstructed and breathtaking view of the beach. Their menu offers a wide variety of breakfast choices to sandwiches, salads, and entrees like Blackened Mahi Mahi. Try the Redsnapper Sandwich with cilantro-lime tartar sauce or the creamy seafood bisque, complete with salmon, shrimp, redsnapper and crab!
Hours: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. everyday | Breakfast served until 11am Monday through Friday & until noon on weekends | Pet-friendly | 3616 Gulf Blvd.
Around the Island
Will & Jack’s Burger Shack & Beer Garden – Just a quick drive from the Island, the “Shack’” burgers simply can’t be beat. From mouthwatering toppings to crispy French fries, this local staple is serving up All-American favorites on a funky outdoor patio. Try a classic BBQ burger, or even a gyro, but if you're looking for something different, go for the Cubano Burger — it's just as delicious as it sounds. You wouldn't think that a burger joint would be known for it's salsa, but trust us, you will definitely want to order the chips and salsa. Grab a cold brew, relax on the eclectic patio and enjoy "The Shack!"
Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday | CASH ONLY | 413 E Maxan St., Port Isabel