Food at the Beach
Living a 1.5 hours’ drive from the beach means that the beach is literally around the corner, and one must visit often. South Padre Island is a jewel for those of us in South Texas.
When you go to the beach you have to give food a lot of thought. Do you plan to have picnics on the beach, or if you are spending a few days, do you buy food to prepare at your place, or do you just eat all of the meals out? If you go often, you probably already have a routine and or strategy that works for you.
I have been going to the beach quite often since after high school and one thing that I got in the habit of doing, even if it is only a day trip, is getting away from the beach for a few hours in the middle of the day. So for the most part, we hang out for a while until about noon or 1, then leave and return sometime after 3 or 4, and hang out until dinner time. When my daughter was little we used to go back out to hunt for crabs after dinner often, but now a days not that often.
We now have a place of our own at the beach, and so we prepare a lot of foods there. We prefer to eat lunch inside away from the sun, but if we take food to the beach, it is always something in an ice chest. It most likely is a sandwich that is prepared ahead of time because I do not like to handle food packages around the sand, and most likely we will also eat fresh fruit or vegetables that are easy to eat.
We of course still like to go out and grab something quick for lunch at a restaurant from time to time.
Many years ago I used to like to have lunch at an Italian restaurant that served the best Italian food. It had the most delicious calzones. It was nice to leave the beach, go have a delicious calzone, stop and browse a few shops, and then return to the beach until we decided to drive back home. I think the name of the restaurant was Rossi’s, but I am not really sure. Did I arouse cravings for Calzone? Here is a super simple calzone recipe from the NYT cooking website.
If you visit the beach often these days, you know that there is a farmer’s market on Sundays. There are no restaurants, but several times we have picked up our lunch there, when a certain vendor comes and serves the most delicious falafel pita sandwiches made from fresh chickpeas. We at times are disappointed because we go to the market with the idea of picking up these sandwiches for lunch, but the vendor doesn’t always set up his booth. Do you like falafel? Here is a simple recipe for falafel sandwiches from Finedining Lovers.
A couple of times recently we have picked up our lunch from Ceviche Ceviche and below you will read more about it.
A Restaurant in South Padre Island, TX
Ceviche, Cheviche is a small restaurant on Padre Boulevard. It is mainly a food-to-go establishment, although there are two tables outside where you can enjoy your food, if the tables are available. On one of the two times we visited the restaurant, we ate outside on the way out of the beach. It is not the best to eat on the sidewalk close to parked cars, but it was nice weather and there was no foot traffic. The second time we took the food and ate it at home.
You place your order at a display bar, through where you can make your selections and observe the staff prepare your order. You can see their food assembly process and if you want you can engage in conversation with the staff. You are likely to have a lively exchange at the Ceviche counter.
If you like fresh seafood and fresh fruits and vegetables, you will like Ceviche Ceviche. They have fresh ingredients and you are able to see that for yourself as your order is prepared.
They have a good predetermined selection, but you can also have them build to your specification from the variety of ingredients. After they build your Ceviche you have a choice of delicious savory and spicy sauces which are also very good. I know one is a cilantro pesto, and another is a delicious mango-habanero sauce.
Just as with any other food, if you prepare your own ceviche or already have a favorite place, you might find something to critique, but it will be hard to deny that the staff know what they are doing and that they serve very good ceviche.
I love corn chips, and the corn chips are going to be the one area where I think they could really improve. The chips are bit too toasted (dark) and greasy and I prefer my chips to feel lighter.
The size of one order is pretty large for one serving. The first time we didn’t know, and we each bought one, but the second time we knew better.
The second time we picked up lunch from here was after a long walk on the beach, and the Ceviche was just the perfect meal. It was super refreshing and the mango-habanero sauce added just the right amount of heat. I loved it!
The owner was serving customer both times that we visited. She has a very pleasant personality and you can tell that she has set the tone for a great customer service attitude among her staff. She is very welcoming and sounds genuinely interested in giving you great customer service.
The staff worked well together side by side, as they processed our food orders.
If you value excellent customer service, you will not be disappointed.
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