Port Aransas, Texas
End of the Line
Featured photo courtesy of Red Dragon Pirate Cruises.
If you are chasing redfish and seatrout on Mustang Island down on the Texas coast, a great place to end the day of fishing is Fins Grill and Icehouse on the harbor waterfront in Port Aransas. Whether it’s a full meal or just a cold libation after a hot day on the water, Fins is ideal for the moment.
The eatery and watering hole features a full bar that is constantly serving some of the best drinks on the island, as well as a Palapa Bar overlooking the Port Aransas Marina. That teams with the atmosphere the owners envisioned when they opened for business, and the great food keeps customers coming back as they eat at one of Port Aransas’ must-stop places.
The establishment’s story begins back in 1987, when Capt. Kelly Owens met and married Beth, a young lady from Dallas. Then in 1996, the couple bought the marina where Capt. Owens worked, Deep Sea Headquarters. Next, in 2005, they expanded into the adjoining property to open an emporium offering fresh seafood and an inviting friendly atmosphere. Thus, Fins Grill and Icehouse was born.
Their menu offers such island favorites as Fins Famous onion rings, homemade seafood gumbo, shrimp or fish tacos, the Port “A” burger and crab-stuffed fish. If you have been out fishing, you can bring in your cleaned catch for their “You hook’em, we cook’em” service, featuring grilled, blackened, fried or garlic cooking.
The motto of Fins is family, friends, food. With regard to the youngsters, they have kid-friendly menu selections, an under-sea mural of fish and boats, as well as the opportunity for enjoying a variety of pirate cruises aboard the Red Dragon that is docked at the restaurant.