Riviera Beach and The Baffin Bay Cafe

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We met fellow bloggers and Montana owners, JoAnn and Doug,  a few years ago when we were in Arizona.  We keep up with their travels at their “Living Our Dream” journal.  We noticed that they were spending some time in Texas near Corpus Christi.

The distance between Corpus and Weslaco is about 180 miles.  They contacted us and suggested a lunch meeting somewhere half-way.  We settled on the Baffin Bay Cafe in Riviera Beach, TX., located 90 miles away for each of us.

Riviera Beach is located about 10 miles east of the small town of Riviera, TX on Baffin Bay, which is an inlet off of Laguna Madre, near the Gulf of Mexico.

We picked a nice 70 degree day and headed north up US 77.   Along the way we spotted a couple of oddities.  First was a US Post Office and change-of-address-online.com. The Armstrong, TX post office is in the driveway of a ranch entrance.  The flag pole is empty.  I guess indicating that the office is closed.


Once we reached Riviera and turned off toward the bay, we noticed this hundred year old bank that appears to have been empty for some time. Notice the buckboard in the front yard.


Ten miles east of Riviera, you run straight into the bay.  At that point, you’ll find the Baffin Bay Cafe.  It is a little overgrown, and therefore not very easy to spot.


A local cat found it comfortable to bask in the sun on the roof.


This place had been recommended by some friends but we wanted to reserve judgment. When we went inside, we found that the place was clean, but not very fancy.


We met up with JoAnn and Doug at the prescribed time.


We asked the waitress for recommendations and she told us that it really didn’t matter, “everything is fabulous”.   Each of us ordered something different and the waitress proved to be correct.  Every dish that we tried was great.  I guess when an out-of-the-way place relies on word-of-mouth advertising, they had better get it right.

There wasn’t much going on in the bay.  This is a look out of the restaurant window toward the bay.


Next door to the Cafe is a boat ramp and an old bait store.  Neither building has seen a paint salesman in decades.


On the unlikely event that you find yourself heading south from Kingsville, TX, you could do a lot worse than taking the detour to the Baffin Bay Cafe.

A final thought appeared on the way home. You will notice this fantastic billboard, and if you are wondering how much does billboard advertising cost, you should anticipate to spend somewhere between $1,000 and $50,000 for a single billboard.


3 Responses to “Riviera Beach and The Baffin Bay Cafe”

  1. Donna says:

    OMG!!! What a great billboard & funny too! How wonderful you got to take a nice drive, saw some great old buildings and met up with friends for a good lunch… That is a good day in my books! Have fun & travel safe!

  2. Sister says:

    I thought TEXAS loved George Bush!! Wonder what went wrong???

  3. Rick and Tinka says:

    Wow, I believe your take on this is exactly opposite of the intended message.

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