Views of The Neighborhood

Today I thought I would take you on a tour of some of the places we all love to go to grab something quick. It may be a sweet or something for dinner. I purposely left out the pizza places, and fast food joints cause you can see those right where you are. So here we go.


Our first stop is a place where you can grab crabs and shrimp. They also have some bait, but most of the business is fish, crabs, and shrimp. Here is the sign on Highway 361. (don’t be confused it is a two lane road.)

Now a shot of the store

Port Aransas Treats

If you are in the mood for something cold, then a sno-cone is right up your alley. Here is Tropical Sno in the Spanky’s liquor store parking lot (Could be worse)

The building is cute and fits with the burnt orange of the Spanky decor. Not to be confused with that Coors Light semi in the background.

How about a pickle sno-cone. (you first)

Right across the street is a shaved ice stand. Now you have to know the difference between a sno-cone and shaved ice. I’ll bet you thought I was going to tell you didn’t you. Well okay, a sno-cone is served in a paper cone and is crunchy. The syrup added more or less makes its way to the bottom where the last bites are the most delicious. Shaved ice is finer and resembles snow. The syrup generally penetrates all the snow, so each bite is uniform. It is usually served in a foam cup.(Even though Nola’s sign looks like it is in a paper cone.  There, now you know.

We also have Ice cream on the island and in fact tow ice cream shops. This one is cute and like all things, in Port A it has an interesting neighbor.

I will be doing a feature on tattoo parlors another time but doesn’t this place look interesting?

Here is the other Ice Cream parlor. By the way, that circle of what looks like smoke is a Blue Angel. They are giving a show in Corpus Christi. I didn’t even know I had caught it until I got home.

Here is another view. The place is called “Desserted Island.”

Our final stop is the newest fish place. The guy’s name is Paul, and this is Pauls Seafood. Paul is very popular in Corpus Christi, and he took over another seafood shop here in Port A. I’m sorry, but the idea of live crawfish gives me the willies.

Hope you enjoyed the view this week.


  1. You’re making me quite peckish now, John.

    1. Think spring. 🙂

  2. Those buildings are all so colorful. I guess colorful goes along with vacationers. If they want ordinary they can go back home. Good pictures, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. Yes, colorful seems to be the way to go here. I think most of the buildings have some kind of uniqueness. 🙂

  3. You have quite an interesting and colorful neighborhood. Thanks for taking the pictures!

    1. Thanks for coming by, GP. Always nice to have you here. 🙂

  4. Gwen Plano · ·

    This was a fun morning jaunt. The dolphin, in the Desserted Island photo, looks like it is being lassoed – you might have the beginnings of a TX story. 🙂

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Gwen. It did look that way to me as well. Have a super day. 🙂

  5. Thanks for the tour and the education. I feel I’m ready for the sno cone / shaved ice exam. Wait, where does the flavor go, damn.

    Nice photos, John. It looks like you guys are on permanent vacation. We have places like this, near the shore, but they’re all still boarded up for the winter.

    1. I think permanent vacation sums it up, Dan. We need to get away for some stress.:-D

  6. I always look forward to these tours, John. The photos are great with the colorful buildings against the blue sky, it brightens my day. “Live crawfish gives me the willies.” Me too! I’d be getting some of that shaved ice every day!

    1. Thanks, Jill. The summer is when it would really taste good. 🙂

  7. Whoa! Now I have the munchies! Great shots John – I love your neck of the dunes 😀

    1. Thanks, Jan. Go munch. 😀

  8. Now I’m craving ice cream…

    1. Yes. Always. 🙂

  9. John! Let’s meet at the Tattoo Addiction and get dolphin tattoos on our butt cheeks! Just kidding of course……Baaa Haa Haa Haa, no needle is going in this butt cheek my friend! Happy Sunday! Love your views of the neighborhood!

    1. Darn. I had already downed two martinis in prep. Thanks Lennon.

  10. Love Port A and love these photos.

  11. Those tropical snow joints are a must in south Texas. Many stops look familiar. This was fun, John

    1. Thanks Audrey. I thought you would find them familiar.

  12. Visiting your neighborhood has become my favorite part of Sunday morning, John. Snocone vs shaved ice? I never knew. I’ll forgo the pickle snocone, but I’d take a cranberry one. (What a selection!) I wonder if they’d mix cranberry and lime… I see the other tattoo place across the parking lot from the snocones. But I think I’d have to spend considerable time at Spanky’s bar before I went for a tattoo… very considerable time… 😀 Have a sublime Sunday. Mega hugs!

    1. Me too on the bar, Teagan.Thanks. 🙂

  13. Thanks, John, for giving us fresh ideas. The only place we’ve been to so far is Tropical Ice Cream. We’ll explore more next time in Port A. Before that, though, we’ll be to Galveston [next week, for my 70th birthday].
    Have a great day,

    1. I found it in Spam, Pit.

      1. Now I see it! Thanks, John! 🙂

      2. Yup it was in spam again.

  14. Port Aransas certainly is a colourful place, John. Thanks for the tour… I’ll stick to snack joints that don’t feature fish or seafood.

  15. Such colourful buildings, John. How could anyone not enjoy living here? Love to know some the flavours of ice cream on offer. Please tell me there’s a peanut butter one. 😀

    1. There is a peanut butter one. The elephant got the last ten gallons though.

      1. Darn, that elephant. 😟

      2. I know right? Hard to argue with it as well.

  16. Thanks for the tour. I love the colorful buildings! They remind me of some of our eastern shore points. I’ll have some of the shrimp to go!

    1. Her you are. Sorry it is uncooked though. 😀

      1. I can fix that! 🙂

  17. Love the seafood, but I’ll skip anything pickle flavored – except pickles.

    1. I’m with you, Teri. Thanks,

  18. Fish, crabs, shrimp, oysters, and even pickle sno cones. It looks an awesome place to live, John.

    1. Thanks, Julian. We love it.

  19. Another great look at your town. It might make a good story with a sno-cone stand across the street from a shaved ice stand. Kind of like one of those competing Christmas lights comedies.

    1. I think it would be a good one.

  20. I’m sitting here wrapped up like an Egyptian Mummy, telling myself that this new and marvelous cold-country-air will not freeze my tush off if I venture outside. Sigh. This delightful post and these images make me hungry for Summer and Ice-cream and seafood! Mind you, I do love breathing in Champagne air in lieu of city smog! Port A looks just lovely, John. Thanks so much for taking me there.

    1. Hope the chill says away.

  21. Bang goes the diet John… and brought back great memories.. Friday nights we would hit a seafood place near where we lived.. I loved shrimp with spicy tomato dip and David loved the Oysters.. great post thank you..

    1. Thank you, Sally.

      1. The prawns here are so small or if Dublin Bay Prawns very expensive.. I remember the platefuls that we used to get. xx

      2. I was at a place last night that offered 22 shrimp for $19.00. Not sure I could eat 22 shrimp.

      3. Oh wow.. we would be lucky to get three or four… and very expensive.. hug x

      4. I didn’t get them though. (Too many for me)

  22. Another great tour, John. I love crawfish but I would rather they not be live.

  23. Miam! I’d take a warm brownie sundae. 🙂

    1. Here you are. Take a napkin.

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