Matagorda County, Texas
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Hotel Blessing Coffee Shop
817 FM 616          361-588-6623
HOURS: Sun-Sat Breakfast 7am-10am
Lunch 11am-2pm

Historic Hotel Blessing, now over a century old, offers visitors a chance to step back in time to early Blessing. The Spanish-style building is frame rather than stucco. The coffee shop provides an excellent buffet every day except Christmas day.


American Legion Restaurant
Railroad Avenue          361-588-6813
HOURS: Tue-Sat 6pm-10:30pm

The Cecil Lee American Legion Post 649 was organized in 1948 and named for WWII casualty Cecil Lee. The bricks for the current building were from the Pal-Port Brick Company in Palacios. The facility opened on September 1, 1961, just in time to house 300 Hurricane Carla refugees. Many historic pictures line the walls of the restaurant.



Waterfront Restaurant
190 County Road 214 at the Harbor      979-863-2520
HOURS: Mon-Sun 11am-9pm; Thu 11am-9pm;
Fri-Sat 11am-10pm

The Waterfront, which specializes in seafood, is located at the Harbor.

River Bend
FM 2031, 1 mile south of the bridge          979-863-7481
HOURS: Sun, Wed-Sat 11am-10pm

Eat fresh seafood while watching river traffic and the wild hogs across the river.

773 Cypress          979-863-7766
HOURS: Sun 11am-2pm; Mon-Tues 5:30am-9pm;
Fri-Sat 5:30am-9pm

Spoonbill's is located in a renovated home, thus preserving another early Matagorda building.

Poco Playa
582 Fisher Street          979-863-7308
HOURS: Sun 11am-Midnight; Wed 11am-Midnight;
Thu-Sat 11am-2am

Poco Playa is a newcomer to Matagorda and has a collection of vintage items and pictures decorating the inside.



Palacios Mexican Restaurant
511 Main Street          361-972-2766
HOURS:  Sun-Thu 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm

Dorothy's Dress Shop was previously located in this building.

Outrigger Grill
515 Commerce Street          361-972-1479
HOURS: Wed 5pm-8pm; Thu-Sat 11am-9pm; Sun 11am-3pm

This building was formerly the location of the Price Lumber Company.

Tran's Restaurant

1009 Henderson Street          361-972-1008
HOURS: Mon-Fri 11am-9pm

Tran's offers Palacios visitors an opportunity to enjoy Asian cuisine prepared by native Vietnamese whose families were refugees who settled in Palacios.

Mi Casa Mexican Cafe
1601 First Street          361-972-6024
HOURS: 11am-9:30pm

Los Cucos was the restaurant that was previously located at this site.


Bay City

El Zarape

1917 Thirteenth Street          979-245-2097
HOURS: 11am-1:30pm; 5pm-9pm

El Zarape has been serving Mexican food for over fifty years. It is a family-owned business and is now being operated by the younger generation. Vintage pictures of the family and business provide a visual history for patrons to enjoy.

Fat Grass
1717 Seventh Street          979-244-7277
HOURS: Sun brunch 11am-3pm
Sun-Tue 11am-10pm; Wed-Fri 11am-Midnight; Sat 11am-1am

The Fat Grass is the third restaurant at this site. Etie's Cafe and Confectionery opened here in 1932. The building was owned by the Simon family and family members opened the Conspiracy Restaurant in the 1970s. The building later stood vacant until it was purchased, renovated and opened as the Fat Grass. The restaurant includes three corbelled store fronts one of which provides outside dining. The brick facade was once covered with stucco, but is once again visible.

Town Square Restaurant
2125 Avenue G     979-245-4900
HOURS: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm; Sat 11:30am-2pm

This building, another with brick corbelling, was owned by C. Langham in 1903 and V. L. LeTulle in 1906. Brackin Jeweler & Optician was here in 1913. Other businesses occupying the building were Something Special, Lagnippe, and Thyme & Again.

Lisa's Main Street Salon & Coffee Bar
1822 Seventh Street          979-245-0555
HOURS: Tues - Fri 8am-6pm; Sat 8am-12pm
Beauty Salon & Coffee Bar
Designated as a Landmark Building April 20, 1998

This is the last frame structure on the town square and was built in 1901 by William Walker for his furniture store business. Another salon, the Hair House, was located here before the Main Street Salon opened in 1989.


Health Food Cottage
1840 7th Street        979-245-3833
HOURS: Mon-Fri 9:30am-6pm Sat 9:30am-5pm
Health products, organic foods, with Juice, Smoothie Bar & Deli
Designated as a Landmark Building October 5, 1998

Built in 1913 of red brick as Ehlert's Sanitary Bakery and has come full circle with food once again being served at this location. LeTulle Mercantile occupied the building 1925-1980 before it was remodeled and opened as the Smart Shop dress shop. Sue's Quilt Shop opened here in 1990.

La Casona Bar & Dining
2416 Avenue F          979-245-2449
Sun-Thu10:30am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 10:30am-10:30pm

The John Corbett home originally stood on this site. The house was demolished and the current building was erected. The Etie family relocated their cafe here after their restaurant on the square was destroyed by fire. Etie's operated here until 1975. The business was purchased and operated by three owners until the third owner closed it. The building deteriorated after standing empty for nine years. It was renovated and opened as Victoria's Mexican Restaurant and later La Casona.

K-2 Steak House
1708 Eighth Street          979-245-6936
HOURS: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm;
Sun 11am-10pm

K-2 is located in a renovated building that once housed the Bay City Food Market. It is decorated inside and out with vintage farm and ranching items and tools. The soup and salad wagon was created from an old Civil War mail cart.


Bay City


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