A food essay about Coaches Island Grill Port Aransas, Texas by James Bonner

Coaches Island Grill, Port Aransas: Culinary Delights and Hidden Gems in a Coastal Haven – From Legendary Pancakes to Unique Seafood Twists!

I would never have discovered Coaches Island Grill if I hadn’t wandered through an old residential area in the stereotypically coastal town of Port Aransas, Texas. As soon as I stepped inside Coaches, I was greeted by the inviting, hoarder-like atmosphere of what would become one of my most memorable dining experiences.

            The menu at Coaches is an arsenal of classic diner food to innovative signature dishes, whether you’re craving a burger, fresh seafood, or a hearty salad, it doesn’t matter, because it’s likely not only available at Coaches, but it might also be the best you’ve ever had. One of the standout features of Coaches Island Grill is its signature dishes. The “Island Burger,” features a perfectly spiced beef patty topped with caramelized onions, crispy bacon, and melted cheddar cheese. And for seafood lovers, the “Catch of the Day,” never disappoints, showcasing the freshest local catch prepared with a unique twist. And I’m partial to the “Coaches Famous Pancake Platter.” Finishing off my last bite, and although I was sitting alone, I genuinely said, and aloud to nobody. “These were the best f%&king pancakes I’ve ever had!”

Whether you’re a Port A local or are visiting, and exploring the beauty of the Texas coastal island, a stop at Coaches Island Grill is an experience you cannot miss. Walking through the front doors your first thought will be the unique décor: a genuine Michael Myers mask from one of the many Halloween movies is displayed, behind glass and resting on a shelf behind the counter, the mounting sports memorabilia, and even a placard posted on the rear wall that memorializes the flood depths and devastation of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Upon finishing your Pancake Platter, the floor-to-ceiling décor will exist in your memory only as an afterthought. I’m grateful that Coaches, and the island of Port Aransas, Texas, are still there for the memories.

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