South Padre Island

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Phil Peterson, AR*V All-Star

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? Rocks Off wouldn't say we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    What if Texas Split Into Separate States Like California is Proposing?

    Apparently, the folks in California have done lost it. There is a ballot initiative being circulated that would divide the Golden State up into six separate states, increasing the United States to 55 states in the process. The proponent of this plan is some venture capitalist who really just wants t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Poachers Kill More Than 50 Sharks in Gulf

    Coast Guard crews in the Gulf of Mexico have found what they're calling a bootleg fishing net operation about 37 miles north of the Mexican border that left more than 50 sharks dead and decomposing in the ocean. According to the Coast Guard, "Crews in South Texas located and recovered a gill net wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Bartender Chat: Kathy Brophy of Prego Talks Speed Bartending and People Pleasing

    Quick, picture the rowdiest beach bar you've ever been in. Now, picture the exact opposite. These are the two ends of the spectrum in which Kathy Brophy, bartender at Prego, has worked. She started out in clubs and bars on South Padre Island, and now she's at Prego, the subdued Italian restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Top 5 Restaurants To Try on South Padre Island

    Eating on South Padre Island? Don't you just go there to drink? Well, perhaps if you're an early twenty-something on spring break from college. The rest of us are more okay with splitting our money between booze and food. If you're SPI-bound and looking for places to eat, here are my top five reco ... More >>

  • Film

    March 21, 2013

    Harmony Korine Explains the "Beauty in Horror" of Spring Break

    Spring Breakers' provocative director on the darkness beneath college partiers' booze, boobs and bad decisions.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Why Electric Daisy Carnival Texas Should Be In Houston

    The largest music festival in the United States in terms of attendance is not Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, or Austin City Limits. While each sees thousands of music fans pass through the gates every year, the real attendance champ is Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. The 2012 version of the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Mario Valdez on Cooking Wild Game

    Mario Valdez The Rainbow Lodge 2011 Ella Blvd. 713-861-8666 This is the second part of a three-part chef chat series. Read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this same space on Friday. EOW: As chef de cuisine, how much control do you have on the menu? ML: It's mostly my menu, b ... More >>

  • News

    March 29, 2012

    In Search of Spring Break: Then and Now

    How Spring Break '89 stayed with me

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Cover Story: In Search of Spring Break on Galveston Island

    Earlier this year, Coed magazine cobbled together a listicle of America's ten trashiest Spring Break locales. Among the criteria: the number of liquor stores, tattoo parlors and Hooter's in a given town, and the number of visits from the Girls Gone Wild bus. (And it should be noted that "trashy" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    More Texas Cities Considering Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags

    Brownsville set a trend last year when it became the first city in Texas to ban the use of plastic grocery bags in nearly all consumer settings. Brownsville mayor Pat Ahumada told the New York Times that the ban had eliminated 350,000 plastic bags per day, a decrease that "transformed our city from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Coogs Whip Tulsa, Now One Game Away from the BCS

    It's the same story that's been written six other times about the Cougars this season. Team goes on the road. Struggles in the first half. Explodes in the third quarter. Buries opposition in the fourth quarter. It's the same story, but this time it's different. This time the Cougars were vis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    The Bridges of Texas: 12 Beauties

    We don't do rustic covered bridges here in Texas; we don't do massive Golden Gate spans either. But that doesn't mean the state isn't home to some beautiful pieces of bridge art. You can look for abandoned bridges here. Here, though, are a dozen of Texas' best. ​12. Suspension Bridge, Waco T ... More >>

  • Music

    June 16, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Whataburger Edition

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2011

    Cold Turtles: Rescued & Headed Back to the Gulf

    TPWDIt shrinks like a cold, frightened turtle​More than 800 sea turtles who had been stunned by the state's cold snap are getting their release back into the wild starting today, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department says. In the past the animals were kept for weeks, but TPWD says a new philo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Ted Williams: Golden-Voiced Ohio Beggar Reportedly Now in Texas Rehab

    Ted Willaims might be on South Padre Island​In a sadly predictable story, it seems like for Ted Williams, the Ohio beggar with the golden voice, his Internet super-celebrity proved to be too much, too soon. Now informed speculation has it that the 53-year-old former soul radio DJ will be a te ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 23, 2009

    Loaves and Fishes

    The best taquerías, like Taquería Jesus Maria, serve great Tex-Mex along with the regional Mexican fare.

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Looks Like South Padre Island Will Get An Offshore Windfarm

    Photo by rasmithukt looks like South Padre Island will be home to a wind farm featuring 500-foot tall turbines off the coast.They'll be 10 miles off the coast, but that doesn't mean everyone's happy about it.Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has signed a deal with British firm Baronyx to build ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Corpus Christi: Home of the Whataburger

    Photos by Craig HlavatyThis past weekend, we visited the hometown of Whataburger, Corpus Christi. The burger chain is based there, but the center of operations will be moving to a bigger complex in San Antonio in the next few months. The move is a sad one. The chain has been based in Corpus since ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    Lonesome, Onry and Mean: Pat Green's Instant Karma

    [Ed. note: Turns out this story was exaggerated just a bit. Wishful thinking, maybe? See the comments for the clarification. We decided to leave this up because it's still hilarious.] I’ve written so much negative stuff about Pat Green that I’ve kinda put that away as something that’s be ... More >>

  • News

    July 24, 2008

    Homeland Security Won't Let a Former IRA Man Out of Prison

    After living in the U.S. for 25 years, Pól Brennan is now stuck on the Texas-Mexico border

  • News

    July 3, 2008
  • Dining

    July 3, 2008

    Temples of Tex-Mex: A Diner's Guide to the State's Oldest Mexican Restaurants

    We took a pilgrimage in search of old-fashioned tamales, chili con carne and cheese enchiladas

  • News

    June 22, 2006
  • News

    October 20, 2005

    Speed Racers

    Every kid wants an ultra-fast sport bike -- until the day he dies

  • News

    July 8, 2004

    Golden Boy

    Morgan Faulkner may be the best surfer Texas ever kicked out

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2003

    NYPD Black and Blue

    Houston police boxers plan to bruise the Big Apple

  • News

    March 27, 2003

    Sex It Up

    Spring turns the media's thoughts to racy women

  • News

    March 20, 2003

    College Credit

    Shopping spree for your first apartment: $2,500
    Spring break in Cabo: $1,000
    Avoiding college credit card debt: priceless

  • News

    October 4, 2001

    Sound the Retreat!

    When the going gets hot, federal prosecutors head south

  • News

    August 12, 1999

    Jana's story

    Everyone in Brenham was shouting about the rape case. Now the victim has her say.

  • News

    July 15, 1999

    Conspiracy Theory

    Arms dealer-turned-gadfly Al Johnson thinks everyone's out to get him. He's right

  • News

    June 26, 1997

    Pain for the Prosecution

    Assistant district attorney Kristen Pain sent criminals to jail -- and then went to jail herself.