Roosevelt’s at the Tarpon Inn – Port Aransas Texas

Ordinarily I enjoy trying out as many of the gastronomic offerings as possible when I am traveling. My first night in Port Aransas I found Roosevelt’s at the Tarpon Inn on Cotter Avenue where I became involved in a committed relationship immediately.

I would see no other restaurants in Port Aransas during my three-day escape to the Gulf Coast. I was smitten.

My new relationship began with a cool glass of Chardonnay. I was quite ravenous having pitched most of my lunch in the trash bin during my pit stop in Lockhart, Texas for barbecue. I perused the menu and my eyes locked onto the coconut shrimp and I envisioned three tasty grilled shrimp.

Gulf Coast - Port A - Coconut shrimp - Roosevelt's

Coconut shrimp – Roosevelt’s appetizer

The menu says three but my plate was blessed with four gorgeously grilled coconut shrimp – the raspberry chipotle orange marmalade was delightfully zingy – sweet, and spicy. I shamelessly ate all four shrimp in quick succession.

Gulf Coast - snapper with ravioli - Roosevelt's

Pan-seared Snapper with shrimp & ricotta ravioli at Roosevelt’s

Homemade ravioli brings back fond memories of my mother’s ravioli making days – although she always made them with a traditional filling. These delicious morsels of shrimp and ricotta were a wonderful pairing with the pan-seared lemon and herb encrusted snapper. Julienned yellow squash, carrots, and zucchini rounded out the meal – prepared al dente just the way I prefer my veggies.

Red velvet cheesecake at Roosevelt's

Red velvet cheesecake at Roosevelt’s

I didn’t take a photo of the French press coffee because I was mesmerized by the divine presence of the red velvet cheesecake – topped with a healthy dollop of cream – it’s one of those deserts that makes me moan with delight at every bite.

I couldn’t finish the desert and I didn’t think it could be packed up to go but I was told no problem. I had only eaten half of the snapper and ravioli so that was bundled up as well.

Total cost for 1 glass Chardonnay, Coconut Shrimp, Pan-seared Snapper with Ravioli, French press coffee & Red Velvet Cheesecake = $73.61 + $15.00 tip = $88.61

I ate the rest of the cheesecake for breakfast – after I went out to grab some coffee at Coffee Waves – it’s mandatory to have coffee with cheesecake.

My lunch was of course the leftover snapper, ravioli, and julienned veggies. Delicious!

Do you have any idea where I went for dinner on my second night in Port Aransas….


Practical Information:

Address: 200 E. Cotter Ave, Port Aransas, TX
Phone Number: +1-(800)-365-6784
Hours: daily 5AM – 10PM


About the Author

Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter

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