By Gaige Davila
Causeway Cafe returned after several weeks of closure, with a name, menu and design change.
In the downtime, after Texas Governor Greg Abbott closed in-room dining at restaurants for several weeks, Causeway’s owners and staff remodeled the space nestled just to the right of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway, enclosed their kitchen, repainted their façade, and added picnic tables to their back patio.
Causeway Bar & Grill’s food under its previous moniker was a Meditarrean style, and a few items from that menu remain today, namely Vickie’s Chicken Salad. Now, the menu features sandwiches, seafood, salads and tacos, using only fresh Mahi for their fish tacos, fish sandwiches and flawless, classic ceviche.
The “Mr. Bean” burger, a black bean patty with chipotle mayo, and the blackened Mahi sandwich are great from start to finish, with a mix of textures and flavors that, unsurprisingly, were tasty and complex, which is what many have come to expect from Causeway. Their menu may have changed, and the options may look familiar, but it’s anything but, and they do it better than most everyone else.
Causeway’s drink selections may have the most variety of any place in the Laguna Madre area, with a full bar, rotating craft beer selections and its espresso bar, the latter featuring Causeway’s beloved lattes of pre-COVID times.
Inside is a mix of contemporary and traditional design, with exposed-bulb lights that are soft on the eyes during the day or night, accenting the wood paneling along the walls. Still unique to Causeway, regardless of its location by the road, the space is quiet, with lots of natural light to read or lounge with coffee.
Regardless of what you’re going for, Causeway Bar & Grill’s options are universally good and worth multiple visits.
Restaurant: Causeway Bar & Grill
Address: 418 E. Queen Isabella Blvd, Port Isabel
Hours: Every day, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Type of cuisine: Seafood, sandwiches, salads, tacos
Contact information: (956) 433-5004, firstname.lastname@example.org