“Come and enjoy fresh fish!”
Snoopy's Pier was literally a product of the Redfish Wars, a battle over commercial fishing rights in the inland waterways and bay systems of Texas. As with many commercial fishermen in the late 70's and early 80's, Ernie Buttler realized the Redfish Wars signaled the beginning of the end of the commercial fishing industry in Texas.Over time, the place was transformed with a lot of hard work and patience into a family-friendly seafood restaurant. Special attention is given to providing local harvested quality seafood at affordable prices. We have an on-site fish house and shrimp breading facility that enables us to monitor and control the quality and freshness of our seafood. In 1993 Scoopy's was added to give Snoopy's customers a choice of tasty treats.
No trip to a beach town is complete without a little seafood in your belly. Snoopy's is an area legend, serving up delicious fried seafood on paper plates, just like you'd hope for at a little seaside dive! Absolutely must eat at Snoopy's.
OK, so it's pretty much all fried food, which is hard to really mess up. Still, Snoopy's does a better job at serving up fried seafood than most places. As proof of that, I submit the half-sampler, a plate with two fried shrimp, two pieces of fried fish, and two fried oysters (though on mine, there were four fried oysters; I didn't mind the error), plus french fries and a small, possibly only symbolic, ramekin of coleslaw.
Of the three meats, the fish was the best. The pieces were good sized, and lightly fried in very hot oil to come out crispy, juicy and delectable. The seasonings in the batter were subtle but pleasing, and the fish was cooked through without being allowed to overcook by even a few seconds.
Well, no; no; I'm going to say the oysters. They were the best. Delicious little nuggets of highly-seasoned shellfish, crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Cha', bé, don't you know that how they s'posed to be, mais yeah.
I take it back: the shrimp were the best. Though there were only two (and the quantity of cocktail sauce was, shall we say, understated), they had an excellent flavour and a superb texture. And I'm one of those people who eats the tail shells, thanks to my proper finishing school in Loozianny, so I know from shrimp texture. If I could have only one meat course, it'd have to be the shrimp.
Well. OK, I can't decide. Even the fries were very well done, and I find that's true less often than you'd think. My only complaint has to be that this half-sampler doesn't come with hushpuppies, and I believe it's an assertion I couldn't challenged were Snoopy's Pier to assert that it has the best hush puppies In The Whole World. Luckily for me, the friend I was with, poor benighted soul, doesn't like hushpuppies, and so I got his. Mmmm.
One other fact of note: we arrived just before sunset on a partly-cloudy day, and got the last table on the back deck. The sun went down dramatically beyond the Laguna Madre, and suddenly we were alone. Everybody comes for the show as well as the food.
THE CURMUDGEON’S RATINGS (explained, sort of, on the Curmudgeon-About-Town blog):
FOOD: 4 chili peppers (out of 5)
SERVICE: 2 1/2 chili peppers
AMBIENCE: 3 chili peppers
VALUE: 2 1/2 chili peppers
Was told this was a locals tradition and was happy with the experience. They open up the back of the restaurant to make seating on the inside seem more like sitting outside, minus the wind. Was nice watching the birds play on the deck, which also has tables for perfect seating on a pretty day. The food was delicious and we all enjoyed how courteous and friendly the staff was. Be sure to order at the front desk and then seat yourself, had to ask because its laid back local atmosphere, guess its like everyone just knows. Its pretty much self serve, but that doesn't detract from it being just a great place to eat.
Be the first to add a review to the Snoopy's Pier.
- Sun - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Is there a problem with this listing? Let us know.
Credit Cards not Accepted