Shrimp Cook-Off, Restaurants

Restaurants participating in the 27th Annual Shrimp Cook-Off and Seafood Festival will prepare cook-off sized shrimp samples. They may also offer seafood samples that can be offered for curbside pickup or dine-in enjoyment. The expansion of the schedule allows ample time to take advantage of the $5 (tax included) sample offerings during the participating restaurant’s open hours. The Cook-off is self-guided and diners can schedule stops at their leisure.

Google map with participating restaurants:



Daddy’s Seafood & Cajun Kitchen
1808 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island

Dirty Al’s
33396 State Park Rd. 100
South Padre Island

Dirty Al’s at Pelican Station
201 S. Garcia St.
Port Isabel

Doubleday’s Sports Bar & Grill
402 Highway 100
Port Isabel

Into the Blue
313 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.
Port Isabel
(956) 524-8044

Josephine’s Kitchen
3409 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island

Liam’s Steakhouse and Oyster Bar
202 W. Tarpon St.
South Padre Island

Pirates Landing Restaurant
110 N. Garcia St.
Port Isabel

Senor Donkey
4215 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island

Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce

The Shrimp Cook-Off and Seafood Festival is hosted by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. For more information on being a sponsor or a participating restaurant, call 956-943-2262 or email

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Day of the Dead Celebration ~ Shrimp Cook-Off ~ Telling Our Stories & more…

Day of the Dead Celebration ~ Dia de los Muertos! Washington Park. 10/29 4 - 11 p.m.


The Museums of Port Isabel, in collaboration with the City of Port Isabel, the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation, the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, the Laguna Madre Art League, present their Annual Day of the Dead festival – “Los Colores Del  Muerto” on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 4 to 11 p.m. in Washington Park (new location, 156 W. Madison St.) in Port Isabel.

The event includes hands-on activities including sugar skull decorating and altar making, vendors with a variety of food and wares, costume contests, dancing and music. No admission charge to the event.

The Port Isabel Lighthouse, Historical Museum and Treasures of the Gulf Museum (where the altars will be on display) will be open from 10am-4pm on Saturday, October 29th. Special event admission: $1 for each site.

Altar Display—

The Treasures of the Gulf Museum (308 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.) will be exhibiting altars made by the Laguna Madre area residents. A special admission fee of $1.00 applies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. Altars will remain on display through November 15.

Museums of Port Isabel, Telling Our Stories! October 27th. 7 p.m. Treasures of the Gulf Museum.October’s Telling Our Stories features an original Play by Gloria Bates~ “Capt. Isley Bell & Los Ratones”.
Captain Bell is the Customs Administrator of the Custom Duty House on St. James Island off Point Isabel in 1857.
This exciting drama includes the Texas Rangers, the local town beauty, Queen Isabella (suffering memory loss due to amnesia), a princess stowaway (from Spain that lands on Brazos Island) and a dashing Capt. Bell, the hero.
Lots of wheeling and dealing and tricks! Justice prevails in the end! Honesty pays! And the truth triumphs!
The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2016 on Thursday, October 27th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. at 7pm.
No admission charge. Open to the public. Refreshments. Call 956/943-7602 for more information.

Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market. 1st Sunday. 9a-4p. Beulah Lee Park.

Sunday, NOVEMBER 6 & 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market. Beulah Lee Park on Highway 100. Dozens of dealers & thousands of deals! March – October: 1st Sunday of the Month. 1st & 3rd* Sunday 9a-4p November – February. FREE ADMISSION! For more information: Gloria Bates 956/455-6798.

23rd Annual World's Championship Shrimp Cook-Off! Sunday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Live music by "The Agency", vendors & more...


World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off Winners Declared

Padre Rita Grill represents at the World's Championship Shrimp Cook-Off with a grilled chimichurri shrimp with lime & cilantro rice. Served with a non-alcoholic piña colada.    . See more here: 21st Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off was marked by great food, great weather and great music with The Agency! The panel of judges selected top winners from nearly a dozen and a half capable competitors including the Showmanship Award which went to Padre Rita Grill (South Padre Island).

Winners in the Professional Division:
1st Place – Dirty Al’s at Pelican Station (Port Isabel), 2nd Place – Senor Donkey (South Padre Island), 3rd Place – Palm Street Pier (South Padre Island).

Winners in the Amateur Division:
1st Place – Dennis & Renee Sanchez, 2nd Place – Delicias Express, 3rd Place Sutherlands Express.

Archer Business Systems donated a 32″ TV which was raffled off to winner Rachel Davidson (South Padre Island).

For more information about this event, contact the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 956/943-2262 or email

20th Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off Winners Announced!


Dirty Al's at Pelican Station.20th Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off Winners Announced!

Showmanship: Padre Rita Grill.

Amateur Division: 1st Place- The Brew Crew; 2nd Place- Las Tortugas Seafood; 3rd Place- Sea Pak Shrimp Co.

Professional Division: 1st Place- Hilton Garden Inn; 2nd Place- Senor Donkey; 3rd Place- Dirty Al’s @ Pelican Station!

Please support these local restaurants and their award winning recipies using Fresh Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp! For more information on the World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off, contact the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 956/943-2262 or email:

The Agency, a shrimp cook-off tradition and a crowd favorite!
For the 13th year, THE AGENCY performed to an enthusiastic crowd of shrimp lovers!

Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible!

Get Ready for the 20th Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off!


Gates open at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, November 3rd for the 20th Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off. Located in Las Palmas Shopping Center in front of Beall’s Department Store on Highway 100, this culinary tradition is expected to be even bigger and better!

Dozens of professional and amateur will expertly prepare over one ton of fresh wild caught Gulf shrimp in a wide variety of ways from boiled to coconut to cocktails to fried and scampi. While munching on tasty shrimp you can shop for jewelry, collectibles, art and more from the vendors set up on the grounds. There will be a mini-carnival for the kids, balloon animals, face painting and games.

The Agency, a shrimp cook-off tradition and a crowd favorite!
Another World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off tradition, The Agency, pictured above, will be performing all day under the big tent.

For more information about this event contact the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at

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World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off Wrap Up!

Chamber of Commerce weather, over 2 tons of expertly prepared Fresh Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp offered by nearly three dozen cooks and cooking teams, live music by The Agency and lots of vendors, games and booths, this year event was picture perfect!

Winners in the Professional category are:
1st Place: Hilton Garden Inn – Great American Grill (SPI)
2nd Place: PadreRitaville (SPI)
3rd Place: Papa Restaurant (Port Isabel)

Winners in the Amateur Category are:
1st Place: Beatriz Zapata
2nd Place: Angelcare Home (TSTC cooking team)
3rd Place: The Brew Crew

PadreRitaville (SPI)


Sponsored by: City of Port Isabel ~ Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation ~ Sutherlands Express, LLC ~
Coleman Hall & Heinze Insurance ~ Port Isabel South Padre Press & Parade ~ Coastal Current Weekly ~ H. E. B. ~ AEP Texas ~ L & F Distributors / Budweiser ~ Texas Department of Agriculture ~ Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport