When we decided to vacation at South Padre Island (SPI) this summer, I knew from past questions that there was not a celiac support group there to give me any ideas about where to eat gluten free. I remembered meeting Lisa Krawczynski, a celiac from Los Fresnos, last December when she and her family stayed with us at Chicken Paradise Bed and Breakfast. I contacted Lisa and asked for any suggestions. She very kindly made up a list which I am sharing with you. These places do not have gluten-free menus, and if you go to any of them, you will need to ask all the questions for yourself. I will first list the places that I visited, and then I will tell you Lisa’s other recommendations.
Here are fresh fish options:
This should get you started. First though, I suggest you book one of the many choices of condos or beachhouses. There are many listings online. We happened to use Beach House Vacation Rentals, spi, inc. because there were eight of us, and they allowed us to bring two very nice dogs with us. You can see their listings at www.padrebeachhouses.com/ or call them at 956-761-8750 for more information. If it were just Joe and me, we would probably stay at South Beach Inn. This is an old-fashioned place, one of the oldest on the island, and it reminds me of a place I might have stayed as a child. We passed it each day as we walked to the beach. They have a full kitchen in each efficiency and very reasonable prices. www.southbeachtexas.com. 956-761-2471.
Enjoy the beach. My crew is ready to go back! (AB July 2008)