Though dining inside a grocery store affords vast culinary choices and midmeal scratch-off tickets, its conveyor belts make poor tables and its feral children are not confined to high chairs. Enjoy the dining comfort of restaurants with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of fine American cuisine at Roosevelt's at the Tarpon Inn in Port Aransas.
Cozily quartered in inside a century-old, elegant Louisiana-style home, diners at Roosevelt's at the Tarpon Inn can feast their eyes upon a varied menu of eclectic American and surf-and-turf cuisine. Entrust the two human stomachs to a duo of jumbo crab cakes, which simmer with sautéed vegetables ($15), or pay tribute to the Beatles' first underwater tour by taking in a melodic sextet of cheese-and-vegetable-stuffed grilled oysters ($18). The shrimp and tenderloin marries the flavors of shrimp resting on a mushroom risotto with the beef tournedos' hearty earthbound proteins ($38). Or try a rack of dijon-encrusted lamb smothered in an apple-rosemary demi-glace and served with savoyard potatoes and crisped asparagus.
Roosevelt’s adjoins the Tarpon Inn, a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After dining amid history in the elegant wood-paneled eatery, guests can traipse across the sand or intercept bottled voicemails at the nearby beach on the Gulf of Mexico.