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Restaurant Review: Snoopy’s Pier, Corpus Christi, TX

Posted on | May 19, 2010 | 5 Comments

Snoopy’s Pier

13313 S. Padre Island Drive

Corpus Christi, TX 78414

(361) 949-8815

www.snoopyspier.com

I just returned from a fabulous trip to Corpus Christi and San Antonio and just had to share this! Snoopy’s is a casual, family friendly, open air shack of an eatery where the employees are friendly and easy going. It is a perfect place to stop on the way way from a day at the Padre Island National Seashore.

Years ago, I dined at this eatery, and simply loved it. It is right on the water  and the fresh seafood is incredible.  Since then and since learning I have celiac disease, I felt apprehensive if they would have anything I could eat, with cross contamination being my #1 fear. The problem: 95% of the menu is fried, sauted, breaded, or otherwise inedible for gluten free diners.

After scanning the menu and noticing they featured one “broiled” fish option, I chatted with the cooks and they simply said ” no problem” when I explained my dietary restrictions. It couldn’t be so easy, could it? I was afraid they didn’t understand what I was talking about when I asked them to check the labels on the seasonings, etc. They acted like  it wasn’t a big deal. I really appreciated that, since there is nothing I hate more than feeling like a “special” case when I go out to eat.

My mahi arrived with fresh lemon and a side of plain white rice with a touch of seasoning and garnish on an unassuming paper plate with a can of soda ( I told you this is a casual place!) Well, my meal was nothing less than delicious. The rice was perfectly cooked and my fish tasted moist,  flaky, and was incredible drizzled with fresh lemon. I was able to enjoy my food while my family munched on their breaded fish and shrimp and I didn’t feel left out at all. Success.

Granted,  the broiled fish and plain rice are really your only safe gluten free seafood options at Snoopy’s , and that is OK.  I was just glad to be included in our post-beach feast and the delicious fish was the icing on the cake to my day.

Dining Tips: Snoopy’s only accepts cash and travelers checks, NO credit cards or checks. You order at the main counter and then seat yourself. Condiments are centrally located next to the counter where you pick up your food, reminiscent of  fast  food style eating. Most plates and cutlery are disposable.   All seats are open air. If you want to be served and waited on, look elsewhere. Part of the charm of Snoopy’s is the “come as you are” mentality and offers an excellent view of the sunset and water, especially if you sit on the dock.

Comments

5 Responses to “Restaurant Review: Snoopy’s Pier, Corpus Christi, TX”

  1. Cassidy
    July 3rd, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

    Hi,
    I live in Corpus, and we LOVE Snoopy’s. I’ve been Celiac for 12 years (I’m 17), and I can honestly say that I’ve never had what you had. We went there before the new management took over, and I got broiled shrimp – with the heads still on, and children (or, this child) didn’t like looking at the eyes of what I was eating, before I ate it.

    So thank you for giving me back my favourite beach place. Also, did you go next door to Scoopy’s? Last time I was there they had Blue Bell ice cream. (:

  2. Karen
    July 23rd, 2010 @ 8:42 am

    head on shrimp- ugg! I can’t even handle that as an adult! I do love Blue bell, one of my favorite ice creams ever!

  3. tracy
    November 22nd, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

    But did you know blue bell chocolate ice cream has gluten! Such a bummer for my son who loved it but now can’t have it :(

  4. Cassidy
    June 1st, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    I sadly did know about the Blue Bell chocolate…totally depressing.

    I’m coming back here because I’ve been to Snoopy’s twice in the past three days and boy am I fuming.

    I wanted to know if they knew of the diet any more now than they did before, so when we went a couple days ago, I asked about gluten free options. The two guys working were really excited about it – said that the shrimp and rice plate, mahi mahi, and broiled shrimp were safe…AND their curly fries (but don’t get all excited yet…)! We asked about the frying vats and were assured that they were dedicated and the fries weren’t coated. I DIDN’T GET SICK!

    But. Today we went back and asked out of habit, but planned on ordering fries. We were told by two different people that the curly fries were NOT safe, as they were fried with the stuffed japs. (which are breaded) and that they were coated. I didn’t get them this time – too big of a risk.

    So, I’m planning on going back sometime this week before they open and talking to the cook. I really liked those fries!

  5. Beth
    August 2nd, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    I found your review while planning a weekend visit to Corpus! Next time you’re in San Antonio, join us for a visit :0) Also, visit our website to check out our amazing gluten free products! http://www.thelittleaussiebakery.com. Can you imagine going to a restaurant you don’t have to ask questions about before you order? PLUS the food is amazing. If you’re ever around, ask for me, Beth!

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