Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Searching for Road Treats near Rockport, TX…


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Larmdi Gras Rockport TX 044One thing we are always on the lookout for is a unique little spot to enjoy whether it be little hole in the wall dive bar, cool little pub or quaint restaurant. When we planned on staying in Rockport we figured we might stumble across a few such interesting places. After being here nearly a month we have finally concluded that there weren’t as many as we had hoped.

Every once and a while we feel the need to go out and have a cold adult beverage at one of the local watering holes. We identified several here that we thought were worth checking out. The first little restaurant/bar we visited was known for its oyster poor boys. After visiting Goose Island State Park we stopped in at Pop’s Place. My original plan was to first have a cold beer as a way to get to know the place then maybe get a poor boy. The place was deserted… except for one nice rough Larmdi Gras Rockport TX 027around the edges but friendly fellow. We struck up a conservation with him only to discover that he was the artist who created the interesting artwork in this establishment. Prominent in the restaurant are two large artistic murals created out of bottle caps, one of a red fish and the other a speckled trout. So happy was he to have an audience he Larmdi Gras Rockport TX 028also ushered us into the men’s room (I kid you not) to show us his bottle cap mural depicting the Texas flag..  He also showed us his collection of carved wooden fish replete with bottle can fins and explained he sells these for the modest price of $10.00 apiece. Although we enjoyed the chat the overall vibe did not inspire us to try the food.

Another neat little spot we found was the Pickled Pelican Sports Bar. Why did we stop here? Because every other Saturday they feature the Belt Sander Races. Another dive bar but with a full blown Belt Sander Race Track set up in its backyard. What fun! We ordered a couple of beverages and took a seat in the bleachers to partake in the afternoon races… After several “Stock” races where we watched non-modified belt sanders compete there was also several head to head matchups between Modified” belt sanders. Believe or not there actually is a Belt Sander Racing Association. We had too much fun watching the modified belt sanders take off and hit speeds of up to over 20 mph while racing down the 75 foot track. Adding to the race atmosphere was the colorful introductions of the racers, their type of "rig" and their race record.  The big screen TV in the middle of the track allowed the spectators to join in the action as the red, yellow and green lights ticked down the cue to the start

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2013-02-01_17-20-57_483One of our favorite little dive bar discoveries is called the Sugar Shack. It became our favorite little watering hole for a few reasons. One was that on our fist visit it had great energy and interesting people. Sharon especially enjoyed one of the patron's pet parrot who sang, "You are my Sunshine" . Our next visit proved more of the same. We also like it due to its proximity to the Fulton Harbor where we usually stroll around the harbor and enjoy the sights before finishing our walk by returning to this tavern for a cold beverage.

The only brew pub in the area is the Port Aransas Brewing Company. We stopped by there while passing through Port Aransas to sample their crafted beers. I ordered an Island Pale Ale and Sharon got a Pop Pilsner. I can truly say that these two beers may have been the worst crafted beers I have tasted since we have Larmdi Gras Rockport TX 001been retired…. Oh, how I miss Portland Oregon's nice selection… I will say however, that they have a great selection of other crafted bottled beers and their lunch must be great since every time we pass by this establishment it is crowded.

We haven’t had much luck finding really good food that Larmdi Gras Rockport TX 019fits within our budget here so we finally just gave up… We feel that none of the places we have eaten at here are worth writing about as they hve been simply average in taste and quality in our opinion. However, since we don’t usually visit places where most of the menu items start with entrees in the $15.00 and up range  I can’t comment on some of the more popular tourists spots here.

We have decided that probably the best place for us to have a nice cold beverage and some excellent tasting food is found right here in our park, at our home…


  1. Your last paragraph about says if for our sentiments as well.
    Thats what we usually do too.

  2. If you stop at Abita Springs Brewery in Louisiana, they have free tours and sampling of all their brews several times a week. A very worth while stop in our opinion, so much so that we have been there several times.

  3. PA Brewing uses a brewing method where they brew, ferment and serve in and from the same vat and just rely on adding the CO2 to trap all the yeast and hop residue at the bottom of the tank as they tap it off and serve it drawn from just above that residue. Never heard of anyone else in the world using that process and is surely why there beer is so bad. The two main beer rating sites, Rate Beer and Beer Advocate, confirm how bad their beer is.

    A great brewery in Texas is up in Conroe -- Southern Star. They have an open house every Saturday from 1 to 3. Buy a glass and they will fill it for free three times that Saturday and any Saturday thereafter.

    1. good to know... we drove thru your park yesterday but as big as it is we couldn't isolate where you were parked at...

  4. I noticed the picture of the Shiner beer at the end of this post. You are not too far from Shiner, TX where all the Shiner beers are brewed and bottled. It is between Houston and San Antonio near I-10. The brewery tour and sampling room is fun. There is a nice city park where you can camp, just outside of town. Might be a good stop some time.

  5. yes we plan to make Shiner a stop or at the very least a day trip visit...

  6. I told you the beer was bad at the Port A brewing company. The pizza is really good.

  7. Great Photos! I like your blog and also that last paragraph is perfect :)