Best Seafood Dishes to Enjoy in the Winter

When you think of seafood, you probably imagine warm beaches with a coastal breeze. It seems like people living in San Antonio, Texas forget that seafood can be enjoyed anytime of the year – without having to take a trip to the beach! So when it’s cold out and you’re trying to decide which restaurant to dine at, don’t leave seafood last! Fish lives matter, too.

Here are our tip dishes at Costa Pacifica, Mexican style seafood in San Antonio, that will be sure to satisfy your taste buds in the colder months.

 

Clam ChowderOnly Available for a Limited Time!

Clam Chowder at Costa Pacifica in San Antonio

Once you try our clam chowder, you’ll be begging us to keep it on the menu forever! Served in a warm homemade bread bowl, people have called this limited time item the “best clam chowder” they’ve ever had. We don’t want to speak for everyone else, so we will let this dish speak for itself. Come try it out, and let us know your thoughts. Hurry up! It’ll be long gone before you know it.

Fish and Cheese Empanada

Fried foods never disappoint, and neither do empanadas! One of our personal favorites is the Fish and Cheese Empanada – it’s also one of Chef Chuy’s favorites. First, we start with our fish al pastor, which is marinated in a special achiote sauce for about 12 hours. When you bite into this, you can expect our flavorful fish and melted cheese to ooze into your mouth.

Of course, we are known for our presentation as well. So this dish is served on a bed of refried beans and drizzled with sour cream.

 

Tlalpeño Marisco Soup

Tlalpeño Marisco Soup

All of our soups are cooked to order, which ensures that you receive the highest quality and best tasting soup you ever had! We can promise it won’t be sitting in a warmer in our kitchen. Every ingredient will be patiently waiting for you.

We put our own spin on this traditional Mexican dish. You may have had tlalpeño soup with chicken, but of course we have to put our own flare into this authentic flavor. This is a warm seafood delight which is filled with all your favorites: shrimp, octopus, clam, fish, and squid. We mix these ingredients in a special broth avocado, panela cheese, and chipotle. Be warned, it comes with a spicy kick!

Shrimp Green Enchilada

Everyone in San Antonio knows that enchiladas never go out of season! Our Shrimp Green Enchiladas are a fan favorite, and unlike any green enchiladas you’ve ever had. Our green sauce is made from poblano peppers, but we promise that it isn’t too hot to handle. We stuff a homemade corn tortilla with sautéed shrimp, and top it off with our green sauce, melted cheese, and cilantro.

Costra Pacifica ShrimpCostra Pacifica Shrimp

Don’t let the name fool you. It’s not quite the name of our restaurant, but it is pretty close!

This one is perfect for all you cheese lovers. If you’ve never had a cheese taco, you haven’t had this dish! Our “tortilla” for this dish is made entirely out of cheese – yes, CHEESE.

We stuff this taco with beer battered shrimp and top it off with pico de gallo, cabbage, and chipotle alioli. Then, we lay it on a bed of homemade white rice. One bite will take you to cheese heaven!

 

Costa Pacifica Mexican Seafood Restaurant in San Antonio, TX

If we’re being honest, food can be enjoyed all year round! Has anyone ever turned down ice cream because it’s cold outside? Of course not. Our restaurant will transport you to the coastal beaches of Mexico in one bite. Come escape the cold at Costa Pacifica!

We’ve told you our winter favorites at Costa Pacifica! What are yours? We’d love to hear what you have to say! Visit our contact page and leave us your thoughts.

 

 

Cracking the Case About Clam Chowder

In San Antonio, Texas, our winter months are very short. However, Texas can be unpredictable, so it decided to skip fall this year and head straight into winter! While we may not have been prepared for the cold, at least we can indulge on our warm favorites a little earlier. Now, there’s more reason to have an extra cup of coffee, sip on hot cocoa by the fire, and order clam chowder from Costa Pacifica.

What is Clam Chowder?

If you search for the definition of “chowder,” you will find it described as "a soup or stew of seafood (as clams or fish) usually made with milk or tomatoes, salt pork, onions, and other vegetables." There are probably hundreds of different ways to make chowder today! Depending on what countries or states you are in may affect the type of clam chowder you will find in most restaurants.

The biggest differences you will find lie in the base of the soup. Some may use milk to produce a thick, creamy broth, while other prefer to use a red broth made with tomatoes and spices. Let’s not forget that there is also a clear broth derived from clam juice. There’s no saying which soup is the best because everyone has their own preference! Some may love a white creamy base, while others prefer a warm tomato broth.

Where was this delicious soup first created?

You are probably most familiar with New England Clam Chowder and assume that was the birthplace of this famous soup! The truth is, we aren’t exactly sure who created it first or where it was first created.

Before clam chowder gained popularity, fish chowder was the meal of choice and was considered a poor man’s food. Unlike today, it might be one of the most expensive soups at the restaurant!

The Oxford English Dictionary says we can trace the beginnings of chowder back to the fishing villages along the coast of France from Bordeaux to Brittany.  There are also early European references made in the Southwestern England and northwestern France.

American Indians heavily consumed clams and oysters along the Atlantic coast. While Northeastern Indians also ate a lot of fish, the Pilgrims were not fond of seafood. Fish chowder was popular among Northeastern Indians, but as this dish has been created instinctively along almost every coast in the world, we can’t credit the Indians for introducing it to Europeans.

What we know for sure is that the dish somehow made its way to America by the 17th century. If we look at Savoring Gotham: A Food Lovers Companion to New York City, the New England style of chowder was introduced to the area by French, Nova Scotian, or British settlers and became a common dish by the 1700s.

Clam Chowder is available for a limited time at Costa Pacifica!

Grab a bite of your favorite soup at your favorite restaurant in San Antonio, TX! Costa Pacifica is switching things up this year by serving our creamy clam chowder (New England style) in a bread bowl. And if we are being honest, the bread is the best part! Slightly crunchy on the outside, but warm and soft on the inside.

Unlike other restaurants, our dishes and even our soups are made fresh to order. You won’t find a pot in the kitchen sitting under a warmer until someone places an order. Your soup will be made for you by hand the moment our cooks receive the ticket for your order. When we say “sea-riously” good food, we aren’t kidding!

Grab your family, get in the car, and drive on over to the restaurant! This soup is only available during the colder months. If our guests show this soup enough love, who knows? It may stay on the menu permanently! One can only hope…

Head on over to Costa Pacifica, located in the Stone Oak area of San Antonio, Texas. Satisfy your stomach with our one of a kind, fresh bowl of Clam Chowder!