My husband and I are first time visitors to South Padre Island. At my father-in-law's insistence we went to Dirty Al's. It's a great location, across from Schlitterbahn water park on the very south of SPI, and very close to Laguna Madre. It is a one minute drive from the condo where we were staying.
The front porch was full of people waiting to get in. We got in the building and were escorted to the bar to wait for a table. To say the place was dirty is a gross understatement. I wanted salad, but was concerned about the hygienics of the kitchen, which I was standing just outside of and could see into. Instead, my hubby and I ordered a combo of fish, shrimp, (which I don't care for) and oysters(which I love), accompanied by onion rings. We had a wait of about twenty minutes for our food. During that twenty minutes the group of people behind us allowed their three children to run screaming around the bar dining area. We had a seven year old and seven month old with us who looked absolutely dumbfounded at the behavior of the children. No number of dirty looks stimulated any discipline from the parents or other adults at the table. What shocked me was none of the wait staff bothered to say anything or called a manager. Yes, my head was pounding by the time our food arrived.
Now...to the food...fish - cooked to the proper texture with tasteless breading. It tasted extremely bland...the oysters - same tasteless breading and seriously undercooked. I bit into one then spit it out. Hubby did the same...the shrimp - same tasteless breading. Well cooked...onion rings (my personal favorite side dish) - undercooked and tasted like stale repeatedly used oil. Hubby and I will NEVER go back.
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