Dad’s Favorites at Costa Pacifica Seafood Restaurant
They always say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Here at Costa Pacifica, we can tell you that men in San Antonio sure love to eat! It’s no secret that we are known for tasty, fresh, and authentic Mexican-style seafood. With so many delicious options to choose from, you may have a hard time deciding just ONE thing to chow down on. Don’t worry – we are here to give you the perfect meal for dad, based on the favorite meals hand-picked by the dads that regularly dine with us.
APPETIZERS FOR DAD
Chicharron de Ribeye
We all know that dads love beef. Our restaurant may be known for seafood, but our Chef Chuy is no stranger to cooking up juicy and tender steaks, ribeyes, and more. Our Chicharron de Ribeye is a popular favorite for everyone, not including just dads. We cut chunks of seasoned ribeye and lightly fry them to perfection and serve them over fresh handmade guacamole.
Marinero Rice at Costa Pacifica
This is not the traditional Mexican style rice you can expect when you dine at a Mexican restaurant. Don’t forget our specialty is seafood, so this is a must try for everyone. Based off traditional fried rice, we mix in fresh octopus, shrimp, fish, and squid with a dash of cilantro.
ENTRÉES FOR DAD
If you grew up in San Antonio, you have probably tasted hundreds of tacos by now! However, we bet you’ve never tasted one like this. We cook our shrimp with poblano peppers, onions, and oregano. Next, we serve the mixture on a corn tortilla and top it off with some grilled cheese. This is a mouthful of flavor that will keep you coming back!
Marisco Stuffed Filet
We have a very strong feeling that dads gravitate towards this dish because they see the word “beer” in the description. We can’t argue with that logic, though! This dish is also one of our chef’s favorites. Our beer battered fish filet is stuffed with shrimp and octopus. Then, we add a little extra love and top it off with “ali-oli” sauce. Of course, no plate is complete without our famous refried beans and rice!
Dinner at Costa Pacifica Seafood Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas
Now that you’ve heard some of our dad’s favorites, come to Costa Pacifica in San Antonio, TX, and let us know what yours is! We’d be happy to add it to the list.
Now comes the tough decision.. When’s the best day to come dine at Costa? Honestly, every day is a good day! There’s something to look forward to every day of the week. From live music to karaoke to ALL DAY happy hour and MORE, every day is a great day at our restaurant. For a list of our full schedule of events, see below:
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.
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
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 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.
Painting Al Pastor Red
In central parts of Mexico, al pastor is a pretty common dish. In fact, it’s commonly ordered at Mexican restaurants around the city here in San Antonio, Texas. Al pastor is typically pork based and is marinated in a mixture of dried chilies, spices, and pineapple. Have you ever ordered Tacos al Pastor? If you have, you probably fell in love at first bite! But did you ever wonder where the redness of the meat came from? It came from the plant achiote!
You may know it as the lipstick plant, achiote, or Bixa Orellana. Nonetheless, most Mexicans know this plant as achiote, so we’ll stick to that term for now. For centuries, it was primarily used as a textile dye and as a natural food coloring originating from South America. The plant gets its color from their red capsules which contain tiny red or yellow seeds inside. The seeds themselves are called annatto. While annatto smells pleasant, sweet, and peppery, it tastes dry, mild, and earthy.
History of Achiote
According to famous legends, when the Spanish explored the Amazon Basin, they came across Yagua Indians or Nihamwo. The Yaguas territory stretched from Colombia to Brazil, and they were dressed in red palm fiber skirts (dyed with annatto) and were armed with blow guns as weapons. The Spanish thought these men were actually women since they were dressed in skirts. They decided to name the large river after Greek mythological Amazon women warriors… the Amazon River.
Back in the day, they not only used the coloring for textile dyes, but they also used it for body paint. They may have used the body paint for different purposes or reasons like to distinguish a level of importance or hierarchy, for ceremonies, etc.
The native people from the Amazon saw annatto much more resourceful than just for color. They were able to produce gum from the bark’s resin and made string from the plant’s fibers. The gum helped create a substance that would treat conjunctivitis, and the leaves from the plant helped treat dermatitis and hepatitis.
In the 1700’s, European explorers realized the huge importance of the plant and the plant began being exported. Soon, the plant was also being shipped to India and Southeast Asia. In Latin America, Europe, and the USA, annatto was primarily used as food coloring for cheese, butter, margarine, egg products, seasonings, and more. Now, you are probably more familiar with it being used to provide color and flavor beef or pork!
Al Pastor at Costa Pacifica
If you are looking for traditional Mexican food in the San Antonio or Stone Oak area, look no further than Costa Pacifica Mexican-Style Seafood. Offering more than just seafood, Costa Pacifica also specializes in various flares, like beef ribeye and oriental chicken. Be sure to order Tacos al Pastor or another one of our popular, traditional dishes. There’s something on the menu for everyone to enjoy! Next time you’re craving Mexican food, be sure to head on over to Costa Pacifica.