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“Best Seafood on South Padre”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Dirty Al's

Dirty Al's
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: About Us Dirty Al’s has been in operation since 1986 and has always provided the freshest seafood to thousands of visitors from all over the world. As a family owned and operated business, we have always taken great pride in taking care of each customer and providing them with a unique experience that they can only get from eating at Dirty Al’s. Dirty Al promises every customer that they will only be served the absolute freshest seafood caught in the wild off the Gulf of Mexico. A Father and his Sons Make a Great Team! Alfonso Salazar, better known as “Dirty Al” originally started shrimping as a young man with his father and 6 brothers. In 2003, he and his youngest son, Cameron, who graduated from Culinary School, transformed his bait stand into a restaurant where together they have been known for having “The World’s Best Fried Shrimp”! In 2005, his other two sons returned home to help grow the business. To this day, they now own 6 restaurants on beautiful South Padre Island and continue to bring only the “best” Gulf Seafood to each customer’s table.
Ashland, Kentucky
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13 reviews
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“Best Seafood on South Padre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

Dirty Al's is no "fancy" place, just great food at good prices! Their fried shrimp, oysters and fish are excellent! By far my favorite Island restaurant! The kicker is that you can go just as you are! No dressing up! Shorts and flip flops...my kinda place! Bottom line...food is the best, service is good and people are friendly!

  • Visited April 2013
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saginaw, tx
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

fried shrimp was excellent, some pieces were so meaty it was like biting into a chicken breast. Very enjoyable. Went early cause place fills up. Only problem was my wife and I ordered 9 piece dinner and they gave her a 6 piece. When we checked bill and saw they charged us for 2 9 piece dinners the manager came over and would not change bill but said would bring more shrimp and came back with 3 tiny little shrimps that were nothing like the size in the original meal. It was like they thought my wife was lying about what she ordered. that left a bad taste in my mouth and with so many other seafood places to chose from would not come back to this place

Visited July 2013
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Denton, Texas
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3 reviews
“50th Birthday”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Dirty Al's has excellent fried seafood. My daughter had shrimp, oysters, fish and fries catered for my 50th birthday party. It was awesome. We eat at Dirty Al's often and it is always great!

Visited June 2013
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Texas
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Best Fried Shrimp”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

Everything is awesome here! The fried calamari, fried shrimp, chicken fingers, and french fries are all wonderful! The fried shrimp is the BEST of anywhere. It doesn't get any better than the big gulf shrimp. If you aren't a seafood person, the chicken is also delicious. This is the best food on the island!

  • Visited July 2013
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Texas
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Nice location not so great food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

Ate here one night. The food was expensive for what you got which was a basket of fried seafood where everything in the basket tasted the same.

Visited June 2013
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