Crystal Beach and Port Bolivar don't offer a wide range of restaurant choices but that's also a part of the charm of this remote beach escape. One of the local eateries is Tiki Beach Bar and Grill that serves of plenty of small town beach culture, drinks, and food. The Tiki is dark and reasonably crowded, just the way a bar and grill should be. The service staff are just friendly enough to make you feel welcome but not too friendly to make you feel like you've wandered into another cookie cutter chain where you are suspicious of the false charm offered.
The Tiki serves up ice cold beer and other adult beverages that are a welcome treat on a hot Texas coast summer day or evening. During my visit to the Tiki I chose to sit at the bar with some locals who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying a BBQ brisket plate with all the traditional sides (I.e., beans, potato salad, pickles, and onions). I opted for the Tiki burger since the mark of a really good bar and grill is the quality of the burger. The Tiki didn't disappoint as they serve a well prepared cheese burger served on a delicious roll that seemed to me freshly baked in-house or at least locally. Another member of my party ordered the shrimp po-boy which was fully dressed and was filled with at least a dozen lightly breaded shrimp that we're fresh, hot, and tasty. The po-boy was also served on a freshly baked hogie roll. The po-boy could have served two people and the cheeseburger was also large enough to share. However, both were so good that no one was willing to give up a bite. Both the burger and po-boy were served with French fries that didn't quite measure up to th quality and taste of the featured sandwiches.
The Tiki Beach Bar and Grill is a good choice for an afternoon lunch or an evening dinner when you are ready to cool off from the beach with a cold beer and fill-up with a delicious meal while mingli g with the locals and your fellow visiting beachcombers.