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Fallen Comrade Table




The table that you see is set for one, in a place of honor. This table is filled with symbolism.

Tablecloth: is white, symbolic of the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms.

Single red rose: signifies the blood that many have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of America.

Yellow ribbon: on the vase represents the hopes and prayers of the thousands of families and friends who waited for the safe return of their loved ones.

Slice of lemon: represents the bitter fate of the missing.

Pinch of Salt: symbolizes the countless fallen tears of families.

The Bible: represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

Inverted glass: represents their inability to share our toast and all of life’s hopes and dreams never realized by those who were lost.

Lit candle: serves to remind us of the ultimate sacrifice our fallen comrades and their families have made to preserve the precious freedom we all cherish today.

Empty chair: the missing and fallen aren’t present.


Cook your catch at Doc's Seafood and Steaks

Cook your catch at Doc’s Seafood and Steaks

Cook Your Catch!

When you’re on vacation, who wants to cook? Odds are, you probably don’t. However, if you love to fish but you have the “I don’t want to cook because I’m on vacation” dilemma, here’s a list of places who will do the dirty (yet delicious) work for you!

Doc’s Seafood and Steaks


13309 S. Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX

(361) 949-6744


Sunday – Thursday: 11a.m. – 9:30p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11a.m. – 10:30p.m.


Arrive by boat at Doc’s Seafood & Steaks and let the talented kitchen crew cook your catch! Ask waitstaff for details. Doc’s has an extensive menu and full service bar. The staff is friendly and ready to serve you, creating the perfect dining experience. With live music from local artists, Doc’s shows appreciation for the arts and shares it with their customers. As the sun sets, there’s no better place to relax and enjoy dinner than on the deck under the J.F.K. bridge, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway! If you sit on the patio, you might even catch a pod of dolphins swimming by!

Coastal Bend Seafood

Coastal Bend Seafood

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

Nowhere along the Texas coast will you find a more diverse (or delicious) selection of the freshest coastal culinary. Here are some of our picks for when you’re in town and hankerin’ for that perfect seafood dinner!

Snapper Pontchartrain at Railroad Seafood Station

This is what good coastal culinary is all about. Fresh Gulf seafood and fresh vegetables prepared daily. Served with your choice of two sides. From Snapper Pontchartrain (blackened snapper topped with crab meat, mushrooms and shrimp in white wine cream sauce), to fish tacos (grilled snapper set in corn tortillas topped with cabbage, tomato, avocado slices and the house’s special sauce), to creamy baja shrimp pasta and crawfish étoufée (crawfish tails simmered in a spicy New Orleans roux then served with a bed of steaming rice), Railroad Seafood Station has it all!

Railroad Seafood Station

1214 North Chaparral Street

Corpus Christi, TX 78401

(361) 883-6200

Railroad Seafood

A Colossal Dinner at Harrison’s Landing

Harrison’s Landing offers waterfront dining on floating platforms around the restaurant building. Here, in the marina on the Peoples Street T-head, you’ll find live music all week, drink specials, and an excellent dinner menu. If you want to go big, go colossal! Order Cathy’s pecan-crusted Tavern Colossal Shrimp served with melba sauce, cocktail sauce, and orange marmalade.

108 Peoples Street

Corpus Christi, TX 78401

(361) 881-8503

Harrisons Landing

Spend an evening at Water Street Market

Fresh Gulf seafood, friendly service and outstanding value have been the hallmarks of the Water Street Seafood Company since 1983. Water Street is locally owned and operated, and has been voted “Best of the Best” seafood in Corpus Christi for 14 consecutive years. While you’re here, try the oysters (a Water Street staple!), the sautéed tilapia, or the catch of the day, cooked any way you like! After you finish dinner, be sure to walk around and visit the delightful mix of eclectic shops at Water Street Market.

309 North Water Street

Corpus Christi, TX 78401

(361) 882-8683

Waterstreet Seafood

On the Deck at Doc’s

Whether you arrive by land or by sea, as the sun sets, there’s no better place to relax and enjoy dinner than on the waterfront deck at Doc’s Seafood & Steaks— right under the J.F.K. bridge, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway! Doc’s extensive menu and full service bar offer a little bit of everything for everyone! Don’t leave without trying the Oysters Rockefeller, the Blackened Flounder Florentine, and to finish, have a slice of their homemade Key Lime Pie!

13309 South Padre Island Drive

Corpus Christi, TX 78418

(361) 949-6744

Doc’s Seafood & Steaks

Have a ‘Ball’ at Scuttlebutt’s

Three words: avocado, crab, and spicy mayo. Alright, that’s four words. Either way you spin it, the Avocado Beach Ball at Scuttlebutt’s is a must-try! This huge Haas avocado is filled with soft shell crab, spicy fish, tobiko, sesame seeds, topped with spicy mayo and unagi sauce. This avocado starter is a perfect segue into your main course — we recommend the Drunken Sea Scallops, large sea scallops flambéed in orange liqueur! Don’t miss this one!

14254 South Padre Island Drive

Corpus Christi, TX 78418

(361) 949-6769

Scuttlebutt’s Bar and Grill

Cook Your Catch at Laguna Reef

Located next to Bluff’s Landing Marina & Hotel, the Laguna Reef Restaurant offers a variety of fresh seafood and delicious meat. They even let you bring in your own catch and they cook it for you! With an excellent view of the bay, this is waterfront dining at its finest! In addition, the restaurant also has a fully stocked bar of domestic & foreign beers, and spirits. Start off with some you-peel-‘em shrimp, fried calamari, and move into the main course — try the fried mahi sandwich or grilled tilapia with cajun cream shrimp sauce!

4242 Laguna Shores Road

Corpus Christi, TX 78418

(361) 937-2600

Bluff’s Landing

Dive into the Gulf at Glow

Take a short drive to Rockport. Grouper, snapper, and shrimp, oh my! Fresh gulf catches, the best steak au poivre on the Texas coast, and a to-die-for bread pudding dessert. While you’re dining in at Glow, be sure to order a side of the bacon roasted Brussels sprouts and try the seafood chowder — the cognac and cream base is absolutely delectable!

1815 Broadway Street

Rockport, TX 78382

(361) 727-2644

Glow Rockport

Italian Perfection at Shells

Shells in Port Aransas is where Italian classics and the Texas Gulf come together in the tastiest possible ways. Sushi grade yellowfin tuna with ginger vinaigrette, mixed seafood over linguini… it’s a match made in heaven. Try the farfalle alfredo — bowtie noodles in a homemade traditional alfredo sauce, fresh ground black pepper, parmesan cheese, and add ten grilled shrimp — you won’t leave dissatisfied!

522 East Avenue G

Port Aransas, TX 78373

(361) 749-7621

Eat at Shells

Get Crabby at The Boiling Pot

From a la Carte crab claws and crab legs, to gumbo and red beans and rice, The Boiling Pot is your cajun coastal culinary must-have. Get a half-pound of blue crab, stone crab, or king crab, and spicy crawfish with boudin sausage on the side.

201 South Fulton Beach Road

Rockport, TX 78382

(361) 729-6972

The Boiling Pot

Irie’s on the Island

The perfect marriage of exotic Asian cuisine and the traditional coastal menu. From the Panko Fried Oysters (crispy Gulf oysters fried in seasoned Japanese bread crumbs), to the curry crab dip (lump crab meat blended with cream cheese, curry, and coconut milk), Irie’s offers the most delectable selection for the coastal foodie’s palate.

503 North Alister Street

Port Aransas, TX 78373

(361) 749-2310

Irie’s on the Island

Best Seafood in Corpus Christi!

A culinary journey for the best seafood in Corpus Christi will take you to docks in the bay, piers on the beach, destinations downtown and shopping centers off the beaten path. Seafood lovers will find an incredible variety of fish caught daily and prepared fresh in a number of Corpus Christi’s seafood restaurants.

If you love fresh fruit de mer, then check out these three tips for finding the best seafood in Corpus Christi.

1. Patronize restaurants that advertise fresh Gulf seafood. They buy from local suppliers.

2. Go with the chef’s special. Chefs who buy from local fish markets generally feature that day’s catch as a special on the menu.

3. You can’t go wrong with red. This area of the Gulf is known for its great red fish and red snapper fishing. It’s always a good menu pick, offering flaky and tender white meat.

Whether you dress up or dress down, bring your appetite when you visit Corpus Christi. You can start your tasty trek for the best in Corpus Christi seafood with this list of local favorites.



Doc’s Seafood & Steaks

13309 South Padre Island Drive

(361) 949-6744, (361) 949-6755

Doc’s Seafood and Steaks is tucked under the JFK Causeway overlooking the Laguna Madre. Ring the bell on your way out after a great seafood and/or steak dinner. The restaurant, which has been locally owned by the Blankenship family since 2004, was founded by Bill “Doc” Blankenship, the highest-decorated living doctor in the U.S. Navy until his death in 2010. Market fish available daily with a wide selection of homemade sauces. Menu includes fried platters, sandwiches, burgers and fish tacos.

Come Enjoy Valentines Day With Us!

This Valentines Day enjoy a breathtaking sunset and a dinner we’ve put together like none other!  We are the only full-service restaurant on Padre Island where you can sit back, relax, sip on a drink and enjoy our one-of-a-kind view of a spectacular sunset overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway! Contact us now to make your reservation.   361.949.6744


PIBA November Mixer at Waterline at Doc’s

The Padre Island Business Association (PIBA) held it’s monthly mixer at the new Waterline – Waterfront Bar & Grill at Doc’s Thursday night November 15th. Open on the weekends, the Waterline features football, entertainment, and drink specials… and of course the sunsets are always FREE!

3 Reason’s to Book Your Holiday Party NOW!

merry-christmas from Doc's Seafood and Steaks

merry-christmas from Doc’s Seafood and Steaks

Fall is going by fast, then it’s hello holidays! Waiting until December to stress out about your company’s holiday party can cost you. It may seem odd to think about booking a holiday party in this Corpus Christi heat, but NOW is the time. Want to know why?

Why You NEED a Company Holiday Party
As if eggnog and Christmas cookies aren’t good enough reasons, having work parties are beneficial in boosting the entire office’s morale. Giving employees the opportunity to interact in a non-professional setting helps them connect as friends rather than co-workers.

Keeping the mood light with a relaxing water view setting, and steering clear of work-related topics can recharge tired batteries and send the elves back to the workshop the next morning with a jolly attitude.

3 Reasons to Book Your Holiday Party NOW:

(1) The earlier you set the date the better turnout you’ll have. During the busiest time of year, it’s important to have your party details locked in early so guests can plan around it.

(2) Or try booking your Christmas party for January! This way everyone’s family parties and vacation time are over, and you can give them one last hurrah to kiss the holidays goodbye and kick off the New Year.
(3) Venues fill up, FAST. And the best ones go first. The early bird catches the worm, so make sure you reserve with Doc’s or Waterline early or you’ll be stuck having your party out in the cold. (Not ideal.)

The Perfect Venue for Your Company Holiday Party

And speaking of venues, Doc’s Seafood and Steaks is the ultimate place to relax while taking in a sparkling water view complete with holiday lights for your company celebration. Do you like the view from Doc’s? Wait til you see the sea level view from our spacious Waterline Lounge sits right on the water with a floating dock, live music venue, 100 foot long bar, with boat parking acre ranch with plenty of space for parking. You can choose from a variety of holiday party packages ranging from traditional buffets, to casual cocktail holiday mixers.

With over 100 years of event planning experience under our belt, Doc’s Seafood and Steaks specializes in making your event unforgettable. Contact us today and see for yourself what makes Doc’s the most memorable venue for your company holiday celebration.

Shrimp Eating Championship Coming To Doc’s!

On October 16, 2014 at Doc’s Seafood and Steaks, “Island Tom” Hartford set a Guinness World Record for the most shrimps eaten in 3 minutes. And now, we’re getting ready to do it again.

Destination Texas is teaming up with Doc’s Seafood and Steaks to host a Texas “shrimp eating” championship with the goal to set a new Guinness World Record.

Facebook Post about Texas Shrimp Eating Championship

What are the requirements to set the record?

Only one shrimp may be eaten at a time and must be fully swallowed before starting on the next. And you have to use a standard seafood fork must be used (no using your hands) AND one hand must remain behind your back at all times.

When will the Texas Shrimp-Eating Championship take place?

We’re ironing out the details so stay tuned!

How can I enter the competition?

Go comment on the post by Destination Texas and like both their Facebook page and our Facebook page to see any updates we make about the event.


Doc’s Seafood and Steaks Wins 28th Annual Taste of the Island People’s Choice Award

The 28th Annual Taste of the Island event was held on October 21st, 2015 at Port Royal Ocean Resort & Conference Center. Twenty-three venues participated offering food samples by some of the best restaurants from Padre Island, Mustang Island, Port Aransas and Flour Bluff areas.

There was also Live Auction and Silent Auction items at the event with the proceeds benefit the Scholarship Program for TAMUCC and Del Mar and the promotion of businesses on Padre Island.

Doc’s Seafood & Steaks won 1st place. Island Time Sushi Bar & Seafood Grill came in 2nd; and Angry Marlin Restaurant & Palapa Bar came in 3rd.

Doc’s Seafood & Steaks served two dishes: Blackened Ahi Tuna and Watermelon Crisp – Blackened Ahi Tuna and fresh Watermelon over Seasonal Greens tossed in a sweet chili vinaigrette and topped with sesame soy and Horseradish Cream drizzle layered on top of a crispy wonton; and Doc’s Homemade Seafood Gumbo – Local Mahi-Mahi, Local Shrimp, Lump blue Crab, and New Orleans Andouille Sausage with fresh Okra and homemade Rue.

Thank you to all who voted for us! Great job to all the restaurants who participated! We know you have many choices when eating out –come visit Padre Island — great restaurants await!

Doc’s Seafood & Steaks is a full service restaurant and bar located under the JFK Bridge, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Come by and experience the relaxing atmosphere, taste great seafood, and enjoy time with family and friends. Planning a party? Doc’s has event space for up to 300 people.

The 28th Annual Taste of the Island event is presented by the Padre Island Business Association (PIBA). The PIBA seeks to advance and promote a growing economic environment, to serve as a voice for businesses on the many issues facing the community, and to encourage quality education, while staying true to the distinctive characteristics that makes the community great.

The Padre Island / Corpus Christi area is home to many great restaurants of all varieties. Next time you’re in the area, stop by and sample the great food and get a ‘taste of the island’.

Merry Christmas!

Doc’s Seafood and Steaks will be closed Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th to observe Christmas. The Doc’s Family would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Doc’s will reopen Saturday, December 26th at 11:00 A.M. We would like to thank everyone who booked holiday events with us. We are very privileged to provide our guests with the best food and service that you all deserve. Doc’s would like to encourage all of our patrons to come visit us at Doc’s so, that we may continue to deliver the feeling of holiday cheer in the form of great service, smooth beverages, and fresh seafood. With the new year right around the corner keep in mind we will be open during our regular service ours Thursday December 31st 11:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M. New Year’s Eve, and Friday January 1st 11:00 A.M.-10:00 P.M. New Year’s Day. Come catch some Happy Hour Specials while we cook and serve some of the freshest catches from the Laguna Madre and Gulf of Mexico. Doc’s would like to thank again all of our loyal customers for a wonderful year with you all, and look forward to another year of Great food and Free Sunsets.


merry christmas  new year