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“Gritty But Tasty”

La Playa Mexican Grille
Ranked #12 of 78 Restaurants in Port Aransas
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Granbury, Texas
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“Gritty But Tasty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

When we went to Belize, our favorite bar came equipped with a sand floor. Seriously.

LaPlaya has concrete, but the atmosphere is similar. This is "shack" dining at its best, a gritty hangout where you certainly won't feel out of place in sweaty beachwear, wearing your oldest flipflops.

As one might expect, the wait staff is comprised of dreadfully cute kids, they keep busy dashing back and forth to the many tables crowded inside the modest building. Chances are, from looking around inside, it won't win a health department award; but, all those concerns are wiped away when the food arrives. You'll munch ordinary chips with fine, garlic-tasting salsa during the wait, which can be substantial when the place is packed. The crab enchiladas are as good as anything you'll find on either coast. Don't bother with margaritas, no matter what the newspaper staffer said, they're comprised of mix rather than real juice, and resemble the old $3 per bottle Margarita Classico we used to pick up at the airports in Mexico, and dubbed "hot tub margaritas" for their ability to either trigger a night of passion or maybe heft the space shuttle into low orbit. At an adjacent table, a couple were enjoying guacamole, and their waiter was using two gianormous Haas avacados to do the job.

For "barefoot dining" in Port Aransas, this modest spot is the place to go.

  • Visited June 2013
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Austin, TX
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97 reviews
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“Our favorite Mexican dinner place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

Go here for good TexMex and seafood! Be sure you get the tableside made guacamole. They also have a great line of TEQUILAS! Probably a wait during tourist season, but typical for Port A-it's worth it!

Visited June 2013
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Pflugervillle, Tx
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“Expensive but good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

Cash only, great food but pricey. Had fajitas and taco's, live music. Just make sure you have cash, they have atm, expect a wait to get in

Visited June 2013
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Austin, Texas
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18 reviews
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“take your cold hard cash here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

order one of three (or all three) ceviches, tableside guac, and one of the usually multiple fresh fish specials. crawfish or crab enchiladas if you must...but the fresh grilled is the best. a bizillion tequilas! cash only, ATM available...

Visited June 2013
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“Great food, a little expensive.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

My husband and I had never been to Port A. So any place was going to be a gamble. But La Playa has really good food! We ordered an awesome appetizer... Crab avocado with an awesome sauce! Then we ordered very cheesy enchiladas! So delicious! The service was pretty good & the atmosphere was ok. Small dining area but it has been there a long time!

  • Visited June 2013
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