With its picturesque seaside location, Corpus Christi, Texas provided part of the setting for the film Pearl Harbor. But that’s not its only claim to fame. Corpus Christi has a growing number of innovative and enticing restaurants serving up fresh catch with great views. Here is a list of the top ten.
A favorite in Corpus Christi since 1980, Snoopy’s Pier started out as a simple bait stand, a burger joint and a 600 foot fishing pier. Focusing on local-harvested and quality seafood, Snoopy’s Pier bring diners the very best of Texas’ coastal cuisine at affordable prices. Freshness is guaranteed through their on-site fish house and shrimp breading facility. Highlights from the menu include a wide variety of sandwiches such as the house ‘Snoopy burger’, the popular shrimp sandwich and grilled cheese, as well as seafood combo plates of oysters, shrimp and other fish. Broiled mahi mahi, deviled crab plate, shrimp creole, sides of rice, chips and slaw will also have diners leaving satisfied.
For a relaxing dining experience, look no further than Doc’s Seafood and Steaks. Serving up an extensive menu of lunch and dinner dishes, popular choices include their award-winning seafood salad of blackened yellow fin, shrimp, tuna and calamari, chicken stuffed with crawfish, bacon and cheese, and of course their Angus ribeye served grilled or blackened. Finish off with a sweet treat of their chocolate turtle layered cake. Diners can enjoy the atmospheric deck with relaxing views of the waterfront accompanied by live music from local musicians.
Located on the 20th floor of the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel is the Republic of Texas Bar and Grill, which serves succulent seafood and steaks, alongside breathtaking views of the Corpus Christi bay. Boasting its AAA Four Diamond Award, the restaurant offers tantalising dishes. An assortment of carefully prepared steaks, pork chops, lamb and game dishes feature alongside the freshest seafood of jumbo shrimp, Atlantic salmon, ahi tuna and lobster tail. Accompanying their food is an award-winning wine list of imported reds and whites. For lighter fare, cocktails and aperitifs, diners may visit the Piano Lounge, which features performances by local musicians Wednesday through Saturday nights.
For early risers, Andy’s Country Kitchen is the place to drop by for a tasty breakfast, brunch or lunch. Although a popular spot for regulars, everyone is welcomed and made feel at home. Specialising in old-fashioned, home-cooked comfort grub, Andy’s Country Kitchen serves up dishes with a Southern twist. Diners can look forward to Andy’s breaded chicken fried steaks, famous ‘mile high’ meringue pies and freshly brewed coffee. A quirky attraction of Andy’s Country Kitchen is the G Scale train that travels around the ceiling. With friendly and attentive staff, it is no surprise that diners return to Andy’s Kitchen for seconds and thirds.
Opening its doors in 2006, Hester’s Café and Coffee Shop was the realization of Jason and Hester Rodriguez’s dream. Sharing a love of cooking, the couple know the importance of quality not quantity, and aim to provide diners with the very best of creative and tasty Texas fare. Making food from scratch, Hester’s Café serves up delectable cheesecakes, scones, pies, brownies, cookies and muffins. For those who want something a little more savory, Hester’s also bakes quiches, whips up omelettes, grills panini, and tosses salads.
There is nothing quite like Harrison’s Landing in Corpus Christi, a multi-faceted establishment providing visitors with a place to sail the bay, shop for souvenirs and eat delicious food in the Tavern on the Bay. With an assortment of burgers, salads, seafood and sandwiches, there is something for every taste and palate. Tempting favorites include their Cajun chicken tenders, chilled gulf shrimp, calamari and hush puppies. There is also live music from Thursday to Sunday, creating an exciting buzz at the tavern. Furthermore, drinking on a cocktail will never be the same once you’ve sat on the floating tiki bar with mesmerising views of the bay.
Since 2009, the Black Sheep Bistro has been a sought-after destination for food lovers in Corpus Christi. As the name suggests, the bistro aims to be different from other restaurants in the coastal Texas city. Fresh ingredients and homemade recipes make up the innovative menu, with dishes such as cherry tomato and Danish blue cheese salad; mozzarella and jalapeno stuffed shrimp wrapped in bacon; pan seared gulf and apple bourbon glazed pork chop. Desserts include whiskey infused carrot cake, strawberry almond tart and a fudge brownie. The wine list has garnered equal attention to the food, with an international range of wines from full bodied reds to light and crisp whites. Whether on a date, out for a family occasion or having fun with friends, the Black Sheep Bistro is the place to go.
Good old fashioned American food is the order of the day at the Ol’ Steakhouse Co. Housed in the premises formerly known as Longhorn Steak, the Ol’ Steakhouse Co serves diners carefully prepared and delicious dishes. The menu is jam-packed with enticing dishes, with a mixture of fresh salads, savory seafood, finger-lickin’ good chops, tasty chicken grills, hearty burgers and filling sandwiches. Their steaks are also award-winning and cooked to perfection and to diners’ preference.
Guaranteeing good food and a good time is the Executive Surf Club. With a chilled out atmosphere, diners can relax while taking a break from the busy city. Popular choices include their chicken fried steak, fried gulf shrimp in a flour tortilla wrap, battered fish and chips, and their burger selection. There is also a wide variety of local and imported beers to quench your thirst. With regular live music, comfort eats and a relaxed vibe, the Executive Surf Club attracts regulars and visitors alike, providing them with the perfect break from the hustle and bustle of life.
Bringing the flavors of the Mediterranean to Texas is the Kuzina Mediterranean Grill. Their menu is created with locally sourced ingredients. Key dishes from the menu include with combo appetizer platter of baba ghanouj, dolma, falafel, hummus, and tabouli. Main courses include filet mignon steak, T-bone lamb, shish kebabs and chuck roast. Diners can also choose from vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting. For something a little bit different and exotic, the Kuzina Mediterranean Grill fits the bill.