Port Aransas is quickly becoming one of America’s favorite beachside destinations due to its sunny weather, opportunities for wildlife spotting, amazing things to do, and fun town atmosphere. Nothing quite kicks off a great day of vacation than a delicious breakfast. Before you hit the beach, be sure to check out one of our favorite breakfast restaurants in Port Aransas!

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Island Cafe

For a classic, diner-style breakfast that offers great flavor at a reasonable price, head over to Island Cafe. Island Cafe serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but their breakfast menu is a local favorite for no-frills food with a side of great service. Enjoy classic breakfast items such as eggs, waffles, and pancakes alongside Island Cafe originals such as the super taquito, filled with eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, and ham. Best of all, all of their breakfast items are under $10, so you are only getting great food, but you also are getting it at a great price! Centrally located between the Port Aransas Nature Preserve, the Port Aransas Ferry Landing at Roberts Point Park, and IB Magee State Park, it’s a convenient first stop of the day no matter where you are headed! Island Cafe serves breakfast daily from 8am to 11am.

Donut Palace

Although a sit-down breakfast is a nice way to start off the day, sometimes you have too much planned, and you need to grab food and hit the road. Donut Palace is the perfect spot in Port Aransas for a delicious, quick-serve breakfast. As the name might suggest, Donut Palace is the go-to bakery in the area for fantastic, fresh donuts. However, their menu isn’t just for those with a sweet tooth. You’ll also find a variety of breakfast sandwiches to complement their donuts, cinnamon rolls, and apple fritters. Open daily from 5:30am until 12:30pm, they specialize in breakfast and offer up some of the best early morning bites in the area. You’ll find it hard to dine just once at Donut Palace during your stay in Port Aransas!

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Coach’s Island Grill

Sometimes a classic breakfast is classic for a reason, and at Coach’s Island Grill you will find a delightful menu filled with your favorite American breakfast items. Order three-eggs omelets, steak and eggs, or a variety of items a la carte, but no matter what you order it is sure to be delicious. Don’t see your favorite breakfast item on the menu? Simply ask your server and see what the kitchen can whip up for you! Here, the owner goes by the nickname of “Coach,” the staff prides itself of great service, and the sports theme simply adds to the homey feel of the restaurant. As a recent recipient of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for 2021, this is a can’t miss stop for breakfast in Port Aransas!

San Juan Restaurant

Claiming to have “the best Mexican food north of the border,” San Juan is the perfect choice for great Mexican food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! On their breakfast menu you can order your huevos (eggs), just about any way you could imagine from the classic huevos rancheros to more unique options such as huevos con nopalitos (eggs with cactus) and huevos con chicharron (eggs with pork rinds). You can also choose from ordering your meal as a plate or as a burrito or taquito. Although they also serve up American-style breakfast offerings, such as pancakes and biscuits, naturally their Mexican options are where they shine. Best of all, nothing on their menu is over $10, so you are getting a great deal as well! San Juan Restaurants serves breakfast from 6am to 11am daily.

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Coffee Waves

Listed as the best coffee joint in town, and a recipient of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for 2021, Coffee Waves is a must visit breakfast spot in Port Aransas. Open from 7am to 7pm daily, Coffee Waves is a great spot to visit for your morning cup of Joe, or an afternoon pick me up. Their menu is filled with a variety of hand-crafted coffee drinks, such as espresso, lattes, and macchiatos. Not a coffee drinker? You won’t be left out! They serve a variety of non-coffee beverages, including tea, hot chocolate, and fruit smoothies. Breakfast here is great for grab and go, with items such as breakfast sandwiches and fresh pastries. If you stop by in the afternoon or early evening you are literally in for a treat, as the gelato here is a local favorite! House-made weekly, Coffee Waves serves up a daily rotation of up to 18 flavors that are a can’t-miss treat in Port Aransas. From savory breakfast bites to sweet dessert treats and of course great coffee, be sure to visit Coffee Waves during your next visit to Port Aransas!