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20161222 Baffin Bay Seafood Logo

While it may be a little farther than most restaurants, the Baffin Bay Seafood Company, located in Rivera, is certainly worth the effort to get there. The restaurant sits right on the coast of Baffin Bay, a well-known fishing spot for black drum, redfish and speckled trout.

It can also be a good spot for birders as roseate spoonbills can often be spotted in the area during their migratory stays.

The bay borders the King Ranch and the Kenedy Ranch, so the possibility of seeing wildlife is good, including deer, javalinas, Nilgai, and smaller mammals like raccoons.

One of the most popular items on the restaurant’s menu is black drum ribs, usually served with hand-breaded onion rings. The Baffin Bay Seafood Company may just be the only restaurant to serve these tasty ribs fried with cornmeal. They are delicious! Especially with their homemade tartar sauce made with special secret ingredients.

They offer other tasty sides, such as the grilled vegetables with onions and mushrooms.

In addition to the black drum ribs, we tried the grilled and fried drum, which were both delicious. We just had to sample the fried shrimp and grilled shrimp. Both are very good, and my personal favorite was the big, plump grilled shrimp with a delicious fresh-catch taste.

My husband, the gumbo expert in the family, said their gumbo is great! We also had oysters on the half shell and fried oysters. Steaks and chicken are also available for those who aren’t in the mood for a great seafood dinner.

Save room for their delicious desserts! You’ll enjoy rounding out your meal with molten lava cake, brownies with ice cream or New York cheesecake.

Patrons Rick and Mary Ann had come from San Antonio to try the black drum ribs they had heard about and they said they really enjoyed them.

Linda, a local, said the drum ribs are so good they don’t need any kind of sauce to complement their delicious flavor. She loves the ribs and the Baffin Bay Seafood Company is the only place she knows that serves them. Greg, another local, said his favorite by far is the frog legs. “I like to come on Mondays when frog legs are the special,” he said.

A trip to the Baffin Bay Seafood Company, combined with a sightseeing trip to the King Ranch, might just be unbeatable. Winter Texan resorts may want to organize a dinner trip for their residents. If a busload is going, please call 361-297-5174 and let them know in advance how many are coming. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. They are located at 1294 CR 2360 E on the coastline in Rivera.

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