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Corpus Christi WATER STREET OYSTER BAR..................................................8

HESTER’S CAFE & BAKERY......................................................15

EXECUTIVE SURF CLUB..........................................................9

AKA SUSHI DOWNTOWN..........................................................16

WATER STREET SEAFOOD CO..................................................9

BELLINO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO.......................................... 18

REPUBLIC OF TEXAS BAR & GRILL........................................10

8TE RESTAURANT...................................................................19

HARRISON’S LANDING...........................................................11

HOEGEMEYER’S BBQ BARN.....................................................19

HAMLIN FOUNTAIN & GIFTS...................................................12

BONNA-PETIT........................................................................20

HULA PEACH........................................................................13

SUGARBAKERS...................................................................... 21

FEELINGOOD BAKERY............................................................13

URBANA MARKET + DELI........................................................21

THE POST AT LAMAR PARK...................................................14

MIKE COTTEN’S BBQ............................................................. 22

DOWNTOWN SEAFOOD, RAW BAR & SUSHI BAR DOWNTOWN BAR & GRILL FRESH SEAFOOD

THE TRUE MEANING OF FINE DINING

YOUR DESTINATION FOR DINING, SAILING & SHOPPING

WHERE HERITAGE & CORPUS CHRISTI CULTURE COLLIDE FRUIT HUB & CAFÉ

HOME IS WHERE THE GOURMET TREATS ARE

MODERN AMERICAN FUSION IN THE HEART OF CORPUS CHRISTI

Padre Island

CAFÉ. BAKERY. COFFEE

LOCAL’S LIST WINNER FOR FAVORITE SUSHI RESTAURANT TRATTORIA STYLE AUTHENTIC ITALIAN CUISINE

IN GOOD FOOD WE TRUST

DOWNTOWN CORPUS CHRISTI BBQ

CASUAL FRENCH DINING & CONVENIENCE BISTRO, BAKERY & COFFEE BAR DOWNTOWN ITALIAN MARKET

3RD GENERATION BBQ RESTAURANT

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LANCE’S BLACK SHEEP BISTRO & THE BARREL.................... 24 A CURIOSULY UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCE

Rockport

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LATITUDE 28˚ 02’................................................................26 COASTAL CUISINE MEETS FINE ART

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FINS GRILL & ICEHOUSE .....................................................30 FAMILY, FRIENDS & FOOD

THE BREWERY.....................................................................30 FAMILY, FRIENDS & FOOD

MACDADDY’S.......................................................................31 FAMILY, FRIENDS & FOOD

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Thanks for picking up a copy of The Bend Magazine’s Coastal Bend Dining Guide. I promise you will be glad you did! We partnered with a few of the area’s most popular restaurants around the area to bring you an appetizer-sized taste of all the delicious food this region has to offer. The guide is organized by location, so no matter where you find yourself, you will have a bit of dining direction. Be sure to check out some dish descriptions and feast your eyes on some incredible menu items. But don’t forget to read the restaurant’s story and discover the passion and influences behind their menu and guest experience. One of our goals at The Bend Magazine is to connect readers to the vast array of dining options in our region. The Coastal Bend offers a unique, cultural mix of flavors to residents and visitors alike. From mesquite-smoked South Texas BBQ to the freshest seafood on the Texas Gulf Coast, you can find just about anything your heart, and palate, desire. There is no end to the amount of new tastes and flavors our local chefs are cooking up each week. If you love dining out as much as we do, hopefully this guide becomes and remains a go-to reference in your home...go ahead, try them all! If you are looking for more information on a restaurant, or would like to know more about all the Coastal Bend has to offer, including dining, shopping, entertainment, neighborhoods and wellness, check out www.thebendmag.com. There you will find articles, events, guides and other helpful resources for enjoying the best of Coastal Bend life.

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A Shell of a Good Meal A raw bar is either a small restaurant or a bar within a restaurant that serves raw shellďŹ sh. Here, they are shucked and served cold over ice. A wide variety of raw and cooked seafood can be seen on a platter such as oysters, clams, mussels, scallops, octopus, crab, shrimp, and the list can go on. Spritz the platter with the often accompanied lemon slices, and dig in! The Bend | DINING GUIDE 2017

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WATER STREET OYSTER BAR

DOWNTOWN SEAFOOD, RAW BAR & SUSHI BAR

Family Owned, Locally Loved Once an old transmission shop, The Oyster Bar was the first signature restaurant and the flagship of Water Street Market. Serving the freshest gulf seafood, and with a coastal ambiance all its own, this classic location is a local treasure and a “must do” during a visit to Corpus Christi.

Sample Menu SALMON POKE

Fresh salmon, diced into cubes and tossed in the perfect mixture of sauces and flavors. Served with seaweed salad or rice.

BLACKENED REDFISH

Served with a zesty Vera Cruz sauce.

SEAFOOD PASTA JAMBALAYA Shrimp, crawfish, chicken, sausage, penne, andouille cream sauce.

SHRIMP PICAYUNE Oven broiled in a spicy Cajun-style sauce, served with freshly baked bread for dunking.

ALOHA ROLL Tuna, cream cheese and pineapple with sweet chili sauce.

EGGS SARDOU Zesty mixture of sautéed bacon and spinach with artichoke hearts on top of crisp English muffins topped with lightly poached eggs and homemade hollandaise sauce. (brunch menu)

EGGS ORLEANS Two lump blue crab cakes on toasted English muffins topped with lightly poached eggs and homemade hollandaise sauce. (brunch menu)

Coastal Cajun Cuisine Fresh, Texas Gulf Coast seafood with a Cajun vibe is the inspiration behind The Oyster Bar’s diverse menu. Guests can experience highquality creole cooking in an approachable, laid-back atmosphere. With an upbeat, popular happy hour and sushi bar for the more adventurous, there is something for everyone at The Oyster Bar. The sushi is always rolled with fresh, high-quality fish, and the oysters are straight from the Texas Gulf. PRICE RANGE: $$ SERVING: LUNCH AND DINNER SPECIALS: DAILY HAPPY HOUR 4-7PM, SUSHI HAPPY HOUR 4PM - 7PM ( mon-thurs ) SUNDAY BRUNCH 11AM - 2PM ( weekly)

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LUNCH HOURS: MONDAY: 11AM - 11PM TUESDAY: 11AM - 11PM WEDNESDAY: 11AM - 11PM THURSDAY: 11AM - 11PM

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executive surf club DOWNTOWN BAR, GRILL, PATIO & MUSIC VENUE

Corpus Christi’s Unofficial Happy Hour Since 1990, the Executive Surf Club has been Corpus Christi’s most reliable post-work happy hour, as well as the perfect casual family dining spot. All the while, they supply over 30 beers on tap alongside the best in local music. So loosen up your tie, call your friends, and head downtown to the Executive Surf Club.

Water street seafood company FRESH SEAFOOD

Relaxed Fine Dining Water Street Seafood Company is a popular choice for seafood in downtown that offers a unique blend of fine dining with a relaxed atmosphere. Fish and oysters both come from the Nueces and Corpus Christi Bay. All of the shrimp are from the Gulf. If they can get it local, they only get it local. If there is any room left over, the Key Lime Pie is a must try.

Sample Menu Sample Menu EXECUTIVE SURF BURGER

JOHNNY JOE NACHOS

A juicy hamburger served with refried beans, fritos, onions, cheese and salsa. Try it with the hand-cut battered French fries.

Named after veteran bartender, these off-the-menu nachos include mushrooms, bacon, beef, and cheese.

CHICKEN FRIED STEAK

Delicious and handmade fresh to order. (drink menu)

One half pound of USDA choice beef, hand-breaded and deep-fried, topped with homemade cream gravy, hand-cut French fries and toast.

306 NORTH CHAPARRAL STREET

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 361.884.SURF EXECUTIVESURFCLUB.COM

SCRATCH MADE BLOODY MARY

PINT OF KARBACH HOPADILLO

Craft brewed in Houston, Texas.

(drink menu)

BARBEQUE SALMON SALAD

SHRIMP PICAYUNE

Bourbon-barbeque glaze, Atlantic salmon, corn, black beans, tortilla strips.

Sweet and spicy barbequed shrimp served on toast points, drenched in a bold spiced-based sauce.

GULF FISH PONTCHARTRAIN

AHI TUNA SALAD

Blackened gulf coast fish with pontchartrain sauce.

Sesame crusted seared tuna, bell peppers, and creamy wasabi dressing served with mixed greens.

MAHI MAHI Mesquite grilled and served with the popular crab and crawfish nueces sauce.

PRICE RANGE: $

PRICE RANGE: $$

SPECIALS: GEEKS WHO DRINK TRIVIA. (monday) PINT NIGHT WITH LIVE MUSIC. (tuesday) OPEN MIC NIGHT (wednesday)

SPECIALS: HAPPY HOUR 4PM - 7PM.

HOURS: MONDAY: 11AM - 11PM TUESDAY: 11AM - 11PM WEDNESDAY: 11AM - 11PM THURSDAY: 11AM - 11PM FRIDAY: 11AM - 12AM SATURDAY: 11AM - 12AM SUNDAY: 11AM - 11PM

HOURS: MONDAY: 11AM - 10PM TUESDAY: 11AM - 10PM WEDNESDAY: 11AM - 10PM THURSDAY: 11AM - 10PM FRIDAY: 11AM - 11PM SATURDAY: 11AM - 11PM SUNDAY: 11AM - 10PM

SUNDAY BRUNCH 11AM - 2PM. CATERING, CURBSIDE PICKUP & PRIVATE BANQUET SPACE AVAILABLE.

314 NORTH CHAPARRAL STREET

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 361.882.8683 SEAFOODCOMPANYCC.COM

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REPUBLIC OF TEXAS BAR & GRILL THE TRUE MEANING OF FINE DINING

Captivating Views Paired with Award-Winning Cuisine The famous restaurant that sits stately atop the beautiful Omni Hotel is one of Corpus Christi’s top dining destinations. Situated on the 20th floor, this multi-level steakhouse is a scenic showoff. Sweeping views of the Corpus Christi Bay offers diners the most beautiful panoramic sunsets around. But breathtaking views aside, their award-winning cuisine and spectacular wine cellar keeps the patrons coming back for more. Accompany the view and the food with a pianist and bass player, they have all the ingredients for the perfect celebration.

Classic Steakhouse Comfortable, dimly lit, and homey are the feelings that consume guests when they enter the restaurant. The classic menu caters to all the characteristics of a South Texas Steakhouse. Featuring primebeef cuts and wild game from right here in Texas to shrimp from our own waters, a diner will also find pasta, venison, quail, scallops and an assortment of other high-end ingredients. Ask your server for the perfect wine pairing.

Sample Menu USDA PRIME “BONE-IN” KANSAS CITY STRIP

RACK OF LAMB

A whopping sixteen ounces.

TAHITIAN VANILLA CRÉME BRULEE

PRIME “COTE DE BOEUF” BONE-IN RIBEYE (FOR TWO)

Shortbread cookies, chantilly cream

Rosemary garlic potato, baby carrots, shallots, asparagus, sautéed mushrooms.

CARROT CAKE

Sixteen ounces, port wine reduction.

PAN-SEARED FRESH FISH Freshest catch available, beurre blanc sauce, jumbo lump blue crab meat and vegetable medley.

PRICE RANGE: $$$ - $$$$ SERVING: DINNER SPECIALS: SOCIAL HOUR DAILY FROM 5PM - 7PM. SELECT DRINK AND FOOD SPECIALS DURING SOCIAL HOUR.

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and fresh berries. (dessert menu)

Maple cream cheese frosting, toasted pecans, Crown Royal almond sauce. (dessert menu)

SALTED CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CAKE Smoked sea salt, caramel sauce. (dessert menu)

HOURS: MONDAY: 5PM - 10:30PM TUESDAY: 5PM - 10:30PM WEDNESDAY: 5PM - 10:30PM THURSDAY: 5PM - 10:30PM

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HARRISON’S LANDING

YOUR DESTINATION FOR DINING, SAILING & SHOPPING

A Local Hotspot Harrison’s Landing is a family-owned and -operated business, comprised of three areas of service: Tavern on the Bay, Cathy’s Boutique and Gifts, and the Yachting Center. Located in the heart of Corpus Christi’s marina, The Tavern’s waterfront location in the perfect spot for lunch or cocktails and dinner. Take in the peaceful sounds of the harbor and gaze out at the marine wildlife. Enjoy live entertainment on the floating tiki bar dock – a favorite spot for locals. Although primarily an outdoor patio restaurant, indoor dining is available in the Marina Room, which offers a beautiful view of Corpus Christi Bay and is also available for private events.

Sample Menu

An Exceptional Experience From fresh seafood to delicious hamburgers, the menu is plentiful. Harrison’s Landing is fido-friendly on the tiki bar dock and offers live entertainment Wednesday – Sunday. Happy Hour is Monday – Thursday from 3pm to 7pm. Ask about the daily drink specials and all-youcan-eat fish and chips on Mondays and all-you-can-eat fish or shrimp tacos on Tuesdays (September – February).

OYSTER NACHOS

SHRIMP DIABLOS

A half dozen fried oysters atop freshly fried flour tortilla chips drizzled with homemade chipotle aioli then topped with pico de gallo and feta cheese.

Bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with jalapeños, hand-tossed in a blend of seasonings, then deep-fried golden brown. Served with remoulade, along with garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes and fresh grilled vegetables.

CARIBBEAN SALAD Mixed salad greens, topped with sliced strawberries, mandarin oranges, mango, pineapple, cran-raisins, red onions, feta cheese and pecans with blueberry vinaigrette dressing on the side.

HANK’S GNARLY BURGER

8oz certified Angus burger layered with pepper jack cheese, bacon strips, fried onion ring, fried jalapeños and spicy homemade chipotle aioli dressing. Served on choice of bun, with seasoned fries.

TROPICAL CHICKEN Tender grilled chicken breast brushed with a sweet tropical glaze, served over a bed of red and green bell pepper, a grilled pineapple wedge, and complimented by wild rice and fresh mixed veggies.

PRICE RANGE: $$ SERVING: LUNCH AND DINNER SPECIALS: HAPPY HOUR 3PM TO 7PM. ( mon - thurs ) RELAXING SAIL BOAT CHARTERS AND BAY TOURS AVAILABLE. BOUTIQUE OPEN DAILY.

108 PEOPLES ST., T-HEAD, CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

AHI TUNA Grilled, Cajun or pan-seared. An 8oz fillet prepared medium-rare unless requested otherwise, and served on a bed of Asian slaw. Served with our spicy homemade chipotle aioli on the side with garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes and mixed grilled vegetables.

TAVERN SUNSET A refreshing Caribbean style cocktail with Malibu Rum, melon liqueur, cranberry and orange juice. (drink menu)

BLUEBERRY LEMONADE A refreshing cocktail perfect for waterfront dining. Three Olives blueberry Vodka and Deep Eddy Lemonade topped off with Sprite. (drink menu)

HOURS: MONDAY: 11AM - 9PM TUESDAY: 11AM - 9PM WEDNESDAY: 11AM - 9PM THURSDAY: 11AM - 9PM

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HAMLIN FOUNTAIN & GIFTS

WHERE HERITAGE & CORPUS CHRISTI CULTURE COLLIDE

5 6 Years Strong Family-owned and -operated in Corpus Christi, Texas since 1960, Hamlin Pharmacy is entering its sixth decade of service, and not much has changed. They are one of the original Soda Fountains in Corpus Christi, and the last standing. They’ve had the same Chef, Jesse Lerma, working the grill after all these years. They opened at a time that most pharmacies had soda fountains and pharmacists were called “druggists,” mixing remedies for patients who feel more like families than customers. They’ve seen lots of first dates, first children, served four generations of families, and boast regular customers – all dining on the original booths and stools. Hamlin Pharmacy prides itself in old fashioned values, personalized and friendly service.

Originality Tastes Best Casual, everyday style food made from fresh ingredients makes the menu reminiscent of mom’s home cooking. The menu is mostly original where only a few things have changed over the past 56 years. Chef Jesse is known for making some of the best burgers and chili in town. In 2007, they expanded the shop and opened the bakery, and they are still going strong making delicious confections like French macarons. Recently, they’ve started weekly specials and are adding healthier options to the menu. Over the many years, they’ve been open and rapidly growing, their outlook has not changed. Customers are family and there is great pride in the meals and goodies that are prepared for them.

Sample Menu JESSE’S HOMEMADE CHILI

Jesse’s top secret recipe chili is made from scratch every day.

HAMBURGER

An all beef patty with mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles. Choose from small or large!

CLUB SANDWICH Choose from chicken, ham and cheese, or ham, cheese and bacon!

CHILI CHEESE FRIES

An order of fries smothered in Jesse’s famous chili and grated American cheese.

HOMEMADE MACARONS (dessert menu) PRICE RANGE: $ SERVING: LUNCH SPECIALS: BE SURE & CHECK OUT THE GIFT SHOP, OPEN MONDAY - FRIDAY FROM 8AM - 6:30PM & SATURDAY 8AM - 5:30PM.

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BANANA SPLITS

Three hand-dipped scoops of Blue Bell Ice Cream (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) between two banana halves and covered in strawberry and pineapple preserves then topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

(dessert menu)

HAND DIPPED BLUEBELL MILKSHAKES

Thick, creamy hand dipped milkshakes are the best for keeping cool during the scorching south Texas summer. (dessert menu)

CHEESECAKES

Made from scratch, these tasty flavors change based on the season – but the most popular are turtle and strawberry. (dessert menu)

HOURS: MONDAY: 8AM - 4:30PM TUESDAY: 8AM - 4:30PM WEDNESDAY: 8AM - 4:30PM THURSDAY: 8AM - 4:30PM

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Hula peach

Fillingood Bakery

FRUIT HUB & CAFÉ

HOME IS WHERE THE GOURMET TREATS ARE

A Healthy, Island Vibe

Flavors of Europe to the Coastal Bend

Bright pastels, hibiscus flowers, and the smell of fresh-cut fruit welcome guests to Hula Peach Fruit Hub & Café. Tucked away in Hamlin Shopping Center, this tropical themed café offers much more than premium fruit bowls; they offer an extensive list of healthy and customizable delights. Perfectly ripened fruit cups and chocolate-dipped fruit kabobs make a great treat. Need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up? Customize a smoothie with your favorite fruits and juice, then super charge it by adding in a scoop of protein, energy blend or immune support. Or, go green with healthy ingredients such as spinach, kale and cucumbers. But, if antioxidants and wheatgrass aren’t your thing, the homemade sun-dried tomato hummus is seasoned to perfection. They are known for their chicken salad, hula chix mix (whether in a sandwich or a scoop), hummus and King Ranch chicken soup. If you have an upcoming party, shower or event, spoil your guests with gorgeous, tasty trays or a decorative melon basket.

Freshly baked bread, elegant desserts, and infectious smiles waft around the European-inspired bakery, both in recipes and décor. Even the most discriminating sweet tooth will be pleased by the array of choices and the beauty in the craft of the chef. Fresh ingredients paired alongside classic recipes with twists, one may struggle to remember the baked goods of yesteryear. Since everything is made from scratch, customers truly feel that warm and homey atmosphere that the Hurt’s have created. Although specializing in wedding cakes and desserts, they do offer lunch items that are just as tasty and fresh. The kitchen staff all has either a culinary or pastry school certification, and they strive to provide individualized customer service as well as one-of-a-kind products upon request. There are also several regular or rotating items not found anywhere else in the area. The idea is to welcome patrons to come, relax, slow down, and enjoy the simple things in life: spend time with their family, stop and smell the bread, connect with friends.

Sample Menu TURKEY PUFF PASTRY

QUINOA SALADS

Flaky buttery dough wrapping with

Refreshing, nutritious and just fun to eat. Tri-color quinoa with small veggies in a very light citrus dressing is a must-try.

sliced turkey, spinach, cheese, veggies. Baked to perfection creating a slice of crunchy crust and melt-inyour-mouth flavors.

CHICKEN SALAD

Sample Menu PARTY TRAYS

SAVORY SCOOPS

Fruit, veggies, hummus, sandwiches, pasta salad, chicken salad and hula chix mix.

Featuring Hula Peach’s favorite recipes: chicken salad, hula chix mix, mama’s pasta salad, tuna salad, sundried tomato hummus, artichoke hummus. Enjoy them with sides such as pita chips, crackers, cheese cubes, or fresh veggies.

DELI SANDWICHES

Hula Peach’s homemade chicken salad, hula chix mix (homemade chicken salad, apples, grapes, and almonds) ham, turkey or tuna. Try it as a combo with fresh fruit or chips.

SMOOTHIES Choose from over twenty unique smoothies blends offered. If you want a little extra, try pumping up your smoothie with special add ons such as energy blend or immunity support.

3823 S. STAPLES ST. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 361.334.3773

Savory chicken salad is made only with chicken breast and tasty combination of spices and peppers.

SAUSAGE/JALAPEÑO CROISSANTS With just the right amount of heat, this sausage has a croissant wrap to balance it. Try it with mustard!

CRÉME BRULEE The king of custards is made freshly with vanilla bean. Torched to order.

(dessert menu)

PANNA COTTA This Italian custard is a crowd pleaser! Creamy, light, vanilla bean flavor and served with a raspberry sauce on top. (dessert menu)

FRUIT CUPS Enjoy single fruit cups, basic mixtures or create your own “Monkey Mix” with your choice from over ten types of fruit.

BOWLS For a healthy option choose your favorite pitaya or acai bowl topped with fruit, granola and honey.

PRICE RANGE: $

PRICE RANGE: $

SPECIALS: WHEATGRASS SHOTS & SMOOTHIES AVAILABLE. CALL FOR CATERING INFORMATION.

SPECIALS: EXCLUSIVELY SERVES BOARS HEAD PRODUCTS. CAKES START AT $30 FOR 6” CATERING AVAILABLE.

HOURS: MONDAY: 11AM - 6PM TUESDAY: 11AM - 6PM WEDNESDAY: 11AM - 6PM THURSDAY: 11AM - 6PM FRIDAY: 11AM - 6PM SATURDAY: 11AM - 4PM SUNDAY: Closed

HOURS: MONDAY: 7:30AM - 2PM TUESDAY: 7:30AM - 5:30PM WEDNESDAY: 7:30AM - 5:30PM THURSDAY: 7:30AM - 5:30PM FRIDAY: 7:30AM - 5:30PM SATURDAY: 7:30AM - 2PM SUNDAY: Closed

3819 S. ALAMEDA RD. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 361.225.4663 FILLINGOODBAKERY.COM

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THE POST AT LAMAR PARK

MODERN AMERICAN FUSION IN THE HEART OF CORPUS CHRISTI

The Perfect Combination Located right off of scenic Ocean Drive in the Lamar Park Shopping Center, The Post at Lamar Park is not a bar or a restaurant – it’s a unique and refreshing combination of the two. The Post was established in November 2015 by Corpus Christi native James Gonzales and his wife, Susan Gonzales. Inspiration for The Post came from their travels across the United States. They noticed a rising trend around the “gastropub” concept, where an eatery wasn’t solely focused on one style of cuisine, but a variety of dishes that paired nicely with a hand-crafted cocktail. The idea was simple: bring something new to Corpus Christi, and do it well. While the craft cocktail is the staple of The Post at Lamar Park, careful attention is given to a generous and unique wine list, including whites, reds, bubbles, and even rosés. When dining at The Post, one will find a carefully edited selection of seasonal dishes that can stand on their own. The goal is to encourage guests to sample their way through the menu and enjoy an array of new ingredients, flavors, and textures.

Sample Menu MISO GINGER GLAZED SALMON

THE NOTORIOUS P-I-G

Gilled 6oz Salmon filet, served with wild rice pilaf and garnished with their famous Brussels sprouts.

Grilled pork loin, cilantro lime coleslaw, Yellowbird cream sauce, served on a poppy seed kaiser roll, with house-made pork skins.

BACON WRAPPED DUCK DIABLOS Jalapeños stuffed with duck breast and wrapped in bacon, served with a pomegranate gastrique.

SOUTHWEST CHICKEN EMPANADAS Three empanadas, stuffed with chicken, roasted corn, black beans, and cheddar cheese, topped with bell pepper confetti and Zinji sauce.

DUCK WINGS Five crispy duck wings with a sweet and spicy apricot glaze, drizzled with a Yellowbird cream sauce.

CLOSED ON SUNDAYS Southern fried chicken, cheddar cheese, and bacon - served on house-made cheddar scallion biscuit, brushed with house-made smoked honey butter. (brunch menu only)

THE FENCE HOPPER Vodka, freshly squeezed lemon juice, wild flower honey, and muddled blackberries. (drink menu)

OLD FASHIONED Muddled sugar with bitters, whiskey, and a twist of citrus. (drink menu)

Good Food with a Good Vibe The Post skimps on nothing; all juices and syrups are handmade, inhouse. The look and the feel of The Post at Lamar Park was crafted to reflect and pay homage to the space’s origin, a U.S. Post Office. The exposed rafters, concrete flooring, reclaimed barn wood, and Thomas Edison bulb fixtures take you to a place of tangible curiosity. An outdoor patio was expanded from the post office’s original loading dock to provide an airy experience for guests. Recently added, the patio also includes an outdoor bar made from a refurbished cargo container - truly distinct and versatile. The Post is a hip place with a fresh ambience and dog-friendly patio. The simple, yet thorough menu offers unique tastes of American fusion cuisine. Each dish, while smaller in size, yet still very generous, is best shared with family or friends, and paired with a craft cocktail, wine, or craft beer. PRICE RANGE: $$ SERVING: LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH SPECIALS: 7 ‘TIL 7 MENU - 7 ITEMS ARE DISCOUNTED AT A HAPPY-HOUR RATE. FEATURED DRINK CHANGES WEEKLY

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HOURS: MONDAY: 3PM - 12AM TUESDAY: 3PM - 12AM WEDNESDAY: 3PM - 12AM THURSDAY: 3PM - 12AM

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HESTER’S CAFE & BAKERY CAFÉ. BAKERY. COFFEE.

Loving What You Do Jason and Hester Rodriguez, high school sweethearts, share a love for family, service and cooking. He’s a chef and she’s a baker, and they followed their dream and opened Hester’s Café at Six Points in September of 2006. Five years later, in September 2011, they opened their second location inside the Art Museum of South Texas. At Hester’s Café, the business model follows the basic principles of the family unit – service in the community, food for nourishment, and time for fellowship. They value everyone who walks through their doors, patron and employees alike. Fostering a Christian environment, Jason and Hester close shop on Sundays to allow employees time for rest, family and fellowship. But come Monday, the doors are wide open to welcome the community in for a home cooked meal. They love what they do and hope you will too.

Locals Know Best In the 2016 Local’s List readers choice poll, Hester’s Café was chosen by locals as the best brunch spot in the Coastal Bend. Brunch is served at the Art Museum location on Saturday’s starting at 11am, and available every morning at both other locations. (Six Points and Lamar Park). Don’t forget to grab a coffee or a mimosa! You’ll leave feeling better than when you came, that’s a promise!

Sample Menu GARDEN OF EATEN

LAGUNA CLUB

Fresh Portobello mushrooms and spinach sautéed with seasonal veggies, topped with havarti dill cheese.

Roasted turkey breast, honey-smoked ham, and apple-smoked bacon served on sourdough bread with mayo, lettuce and tomatoes, topped with melted provolone cheese and a side of honey mustard.

(breakfast menu) HESTER’S GRIDDLE TOAST Fresh baked Challah bread dunked in egg batter with spices, known only by Hester, encrusted with cinnamon and sugar and served with a side of seasonal fresh fruit. (breakfast menu)

A sweet and creamy roasted red bell pepper sauce over bow tie pasta with Italian seasoned chicken and summer sausage.

TEXAS WAVE

HANNAH SAVANNAH SALAD

Roasted turkey breat, avocado, tomatoes, Monterrey Jack cheese and lettuce with chipotle mayo on cibatta.

A scoop of their signature chicken salad, loaded with pecans, celery and grapes. All tossed in their housemade poppy seed dressing.

PRICE RANGE: $ SERVING: BRUNCH & LUNCH SPECIALS: TWO ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS: ART MUSEUM 1902 N. SHORELINE BLVD. CC, TX LAMAR PARK - 3812 S. ALAMEDA ST. CC, TX

1714 S. ALAMEDA ST., CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

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HOURS: MONDAY: 7AM - 3PM TUESDAY: 7AM - 3PM WEDNESDAY: 7AM - 3PM THURSDAY: 7AM - 3PM

361.885.0558

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FRIDAY: 7AM - 3PM SATURDAY: 7AM - 3PM SUNDAY: Closed

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AKA SUSHI DOWNTOWN

LOCAL’S LIST WINNER FOR FAVORITE SUSHI RESTAURANT

A Passion for Food When the door opened to purchase Aka Sushi Downtown two years ago, owner Kil Lee jumped at the opportunity. Growing up on the East Coast, Lee and his family have always been heavily involved in the restaurant industry. Being a Japanese Sushi restaurant, he takes pride in only using the freshest fish and highest quality ingredients available. The fish is handled with great care, and intricate measures are taken to preserve its freshness. Patrons can enjoy some of the most creative and delicious sushi in South Texas at Aka Downtown in Corpus Christi. Chef Boyd, a local legend, was given creative control to create a new menu full of unique tastes and exceptional quality.

Sample Menu FIRE & ICE

BARBEQUE BEEF DON

Bluefin tuna slices on a bed of cucumber and sauced with Japanese jam, coconut drizzle and jalapeños.

Grilled marinated beef, mixed vegetables, topped with a fried egg over rice and served in a hot stone bowl with red pepper sauce on the side.

LOBSTER DYNAMITE ROLL A California roll topped with lobster claw meat baked with spicy mayo and Japanese mayo.

O-TORO

FIRE CRACKER Diced tuna, avocado, tomato, scallions, masago, and hot sauce, served with crispy shrimp chips.

BLACK & GOLD SAKE

Bluefin fatty tuna.

A unique blend of two sakes.

(drink menu)

SPICY TUNA SALAD

Bluefin strips, avocado cucumber, cilantro, tomato, masago, mixed in house spicy sauce over baby spring mix.

TEMPURA ICE CREAM Ice cream, tempura style.

(dessert menu)

Traditional Meets Modern Aka Downtown offers an intimate dining atmosphere with personalized service from the host, server and chef. The menu combines fresh fish with carefully selected ingredients to bring out the unique flavor of each fish. Aka offers a vast selection of sushi rolls, their pride and joy and the staple of their menu. Their sushi menu caters to both the novice and advanced sushi lover, so there is something for everyone. PRICE RANGE: $$ - $$$ SERVING: LUNCH AND DINNER SPECIALS: BE SURE AND TRY THE LOCAL FAVORITES - THE LOBSTER DYNAMITE ROLL, AND THE BARBEQUE BEEF DON.

415 N. WATER ST., CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

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HOURS: MONDAY: 11AM - 10PM TUESDAY: 11AM - 10PM WEDNESDAY: 11AM - 10PM THURSDAY: 11AM - 10PM

361.882.8885

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FRIDAY: 11AM - 10:30PM SATURDAY: 5PM - 10:30PM SUNDAY: Closed

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BELLINO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO TRATTORIA STYLE AUTHENTIC ITALIAN CUISINE

Family, Heritage, and History Bellino, named after Executive Chef and Owner Francesco Inguaggiato mother’s maiden name, brings the authentic food and culture of his homeland to Corpus Christi after opening up 13 years ago in Rockport and celebrating 5 years at his second location in Corpus. Inguaggiato was born in Palermo, Sicily’s capital city, and grew up learning the traditional preparation of Sicilian food while working with his mother in his grandfather’s trattoria in Palermo. After moving to the Coastal Bend in 2003, to be where his wife, Susan’s family is from, this family-owned and -operated restaurant strives to buy local and organic ingredients whenever possible and support Grow Local South Texas as a business partner. Bellino’s Ristorante Italiano is rooted in family, heritage, and history you can feel and taste. A third Bellino’s restaurant is located in Portland, Oregon; one of the most famous culinary cities in the country that has brought to Francesco tons of experience and satisfaction.

Transport to Sicily The smells of an Italian kitchen welcome you to this quaint, cozy, intimate and comfortable restaurant. When you enter, it is like walking into a typical family trattoria that you can find in the small towns all over Italy. The menu is classic Italian cuisine inspired by the chef’s southern upbringing but enhanced by his extensive travels all over Italy. Just like in Sicily, they strongly believe in sustainable food sources that are both local and fresh. Divulge in authentic flavors, fine wines, and the sound of Italian music. You’ll feel transported back to Italy, which is exactly where these ingredients, recipes, and love for cooking began.

Sample Menu CAPRINO E NOCI

Mixed organic lettuce, warm goat cheese, apples, pecans served with honey, black pepper and EVOO.

LINGUINE ALLA PESCATORA Linguine pasta in a white wine reduction with tomato sauce, clams, mussels and jumbo shrimp topped with fresh parsley.

BISTECCA ALLA PORTOBELLA Grilled New York Strip topped with Portabella mushrooms in a Marsala sauce served with linguine and basil pesto.

Homemade meatballs with Mamma Lina’s special sauce served with spaghetti.

SPECIALS: VISIT OUR SECOND LOCATION IN ROCKPORT. OPEN THURS - MON. DAILY HAPPY HOUR FROM 3PM - 6PM. HALF PRICE WINE & BEER WITH ENTREES PRICED $7.95 - $15.95

3801 S. ALAMEDA RD., CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

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Italian bouillabaisse with drum, mussels, clams, jumbo shrimp in a white wine reduction with tomato sauce topped with fresh parsley.

HOMEMADE SICILIAN TIRAMISU Lady fingers soaked in espresso and layered with sweet mascarpone cream and topped with cocoa panna cotta.

(dessert menu)

HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE Chocolate lovers invited!

(dessert menu)

CROSTATA DI NUTELLA

POLPETTE DI MAMMA LINA

PRICE RANGE: $$ - $$$ SERVING: LUNCH AND DINNER

CACIUCCO

Homemade Italian pie filled with Hazelnut Chocolate Nutella.

(dessert menu)

HOURS: MONDAY: Closed TUESDAY: 11AM - 9PM WEDNESDAY: 11AM - 9PM THURSDAY: 11AM - 9PM

361.814.8998

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8TE RESTAURANT

Hoegemeyer's bbq Barn

IN GOOD FOOD WE TRUST

DOWNTOWN CORPUS CHRISTI BBQ

A Strong Heritage

Classic Comfort Dishes with a Simple Twist 8TE is a casual café that really appeals to everyone, from the health enthusiast to the person looking for a delicious bacon cheeseburger. The name is a play on the word “ate” and the number “eight.” It’s a very lucky number in Chinese culture. Owner Megan Lee grew up in the restaurant industry, but her family only specialized in Asian cuisine. When her parents retired, they encouraged her to open her own place with a different menu and style. 8TE’s focus is on Modern American Cuisine. Lee likes to put her own spin on traditional dishes. It’s not complicated, her philosophy on food is to keep it simple, homemade and from the heart. The motto at 8TE is “In good food we trust.” Nearly every item is made from scratch. To pay homage to the local economy, 8TE offers a large selection of Texas Craft Beers and Texas made wines.

Sample Menu THE TRAINER

THE GROWN UP

Grilled Salmon with maple-sriracha -lime glaze. Served with a roasted eggplant and spinach quinoa topped with feta cheese.

Basil pesto, goat cheese, muenster cheese, tomatoes, avocado, alfalfa sprouts, bacon and grilled chicken.

THIRD COAST SALAD Lettuce, diced avocados, chopped walnuts, cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts and grilled shrimp tossed in a zesty

BEEF RIBS

THE ROLAND PLATTER

The latest addition to their barbeque lineup –BBQ beef ribs are manageable and meaty! Cooked till they’re almost done then they receive a light glazing with homemade BBQ sauce.

Two spare ribs, a half pound of brisket sliced to the customer’s liking, and a stick of either regular or jalapeño-cheese sausage.

(limited supply - get it while it lasts) ANGUS BRISKET

For sliced beef, they use only Certified Angus Brisket that is smoked overnight. They use simple spices and time-tested smoking technique to give you tender brisket with the right amount of smoke. They’ll also cut it anyway the customer wants, at no extra charge.

FRITZ’S FRITO PIE A different take on a concession stand favorite – Fritz’s Pie comes with a boatload of Fritos Corn Chips, a quarter pound of chopped brisket, pinto beans, cheddar cheese, onions, and BBQ sauce.

PO-BOY SAMMICH Their po’boy comes loaded with three meats – brisket, chopped brisket, and sausage – on an 8” hoagie bun.

Tater tots covered in sausage gravy, shredded pepper jack cheese and two sunny-side-up eggs. (brunch menu)

THE CARNIVORE

“DUB C” TACOS

Choice of the signature fried chicken or the balsamic marinated skirt steak, two eggs any style and breakfast potatoes. (brunch menu)

1220 AIRLINE RD. STE 250 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 361.723.0261

Sample Menu

TEXAS “POUTINE”

French dressing.

Two tacos with grilled salmon topped with mango salsa, avocado, and queso fresco.

Hoegemeyer’s BBQ Barn (pronounced Hay-guh-my-er) was born from a strong German heritage and a need for something unique in Downtown Corpus Christi. David Page, pit master and owner, has been in the restaurant business since high school (with only a brief interruption). Hoegemeyer’s opened its doors May 15th, 2013 in Corpus Christi’s industrial port area bringing more BBQ to downtown. The building has been around since at least the late 1920s. Hoegemeyer’s is big on family and fixing delicious food. They feature the finest mesquite smoked meats in town – from Angus Brisket, & V&V Sausage, to juicy chicken, pulled pork and ribs. Order a plate with allyou-care-to-eat of any of their nine homemade sides, or eat family style and order by the pound. This South Texas barbecue comes from the heart – they love to serve good food with friendly customer service. Hoegemeyer’s is available for special events, mixers, catering, parties, fundraisers and more after hours and on the weekends. They are all about family and hope to be a part of yours.

PRICE RANGE: $

PRICE RANGE: $

SPECIALS: OFFERS A LARGE SELECTION OF TEXAS CRAFT BEERS AND WINE.

SPECIALS: HOST YOUR NEXT EVENT AT HOEGEMEYER’S. ENJOY ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-EAT HOMEMADE SIDES W/ ORDER.

HOURS: MONDAY: 10AM - 8PM TUESDAY: 10AM - 8PM WEDNESDAY: 10AM - 8PM THURSDAY: 8AM - 8PM FRIDAY: 8AM - 8PM SATURDAY: 8AM - 8PM SUNDAY: 8AM - 8PM

HOURS: MONDAY: 11AM - 3PM TUESDAY: 11AM - 3PM WEDNESDAY: 11AM - 3PM THURSDAY: 11AM - 3PM FRIDAY: 11AM - 3PM SATURDAY: Closed SUNDAY: Closed

711 CONCRETE ST. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 361.884.4227 HOEGEMEYERS.COM

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BONNA-PETIT

CASUAL FRENCH DINING & CONVENIENCE

Made from Scratch BonnA-Petit means “Good Eating,” and the quaint French restaurant located on South Alameda is living up to its name. The idea for BonnA-Petit was born seven years ago, when owner Sophie Garnier began preparing to-go meals at home for her own sons who would often get home too late from swim practice. All the food is made from scratch, with a healthy balance for proteins, vegetables and starches in mind. The dishes are low in both sodium and fat. The menu is inspired by a mix of French and Asian influences. However, as the only French Café in Corpus Christi, most of the cuisine is

Casual and Convenient Serving delicious, soups, salads and sandwiches, lunch is served in a quick and casual atmosphere, perfect for meeting up with friends or clients. Patrons are greeted with fresh scents throughout the day and and candle lit tables make the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing, yet casual dining experience. For those in a hurry, prepackaged meals are premade and available for carry out. Also, cooking classes take place on a regular basis and catering is available for events and parties. BonnA-Petit is B.Y.O.B, so patrons are welcome to bring in their favorite bottle of wine. This café may be small, but it offers a large variety or lunch, dinner, to-go and catering options.

Sample Menu TOMATO BASIL SOUP

SEARED DUCK BREAST

Homemade and served with a French baguette. (lunch menu)

Served over garlic mashed potato’s and fresh vegetables with a cherry reduction sauce. (dinner menu)

SYMPHONY SALAD Organic field greens, cherry tomato, red onions, cucumber, carrot, granny apple, black olive, cranberry, walnut, feta cheese, balsamic vinaigrette.

(lunch menu)

CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH

BOEUF BOURGUIGNON

Cubed chicken breast, red grape, celery, almonds, fresh herbs, field greens, house spread. (lunch menu)

A flavorful French classic, our beef stew is served with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. (dinner menu)

SALMON

VEGETARIAN LASAGNA

Grilled Alaskan salmon fillet, cucumber, field greens, house spread.

(lunch menu) PRICE RANGE: $ - $$ SERVING: TO-GO MEALS, LUNCH AND DINNER SPECIALS: CALL TO REGISTER FOR UPCOMING COOKING CLASSES. FOLLOW @BONNA-PETIT ON SOCIAL MEDIA & RECEIVE FREE COOKIE!

4301 S. ALAMEDA ST., CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

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ROSEMARY CHICKEN Sautéed chicken, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes over bowtie pasta with a sherry wine and shallot cream sauce. (dinner menu)

Hearty vegetable ratatouille layered with pasta, béchamel sauce, and mozzarella cheese. (dinner menu)

LUNCH HOURS: MONDAY: 9AM - 5PM TUESDAY: 9AM - 5PM WEDNESDAY: 9AM - 5PM THURSDAY: 9AM - 5PM FRIDAY: 9AM - 5PM

361.334.2579

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SATURDAY: 9AM - 5PM SUNDAY: Closed DINNER HOURS: THURSDAY: 5PM - 9PM FRIDAY: 5PM - 9PM SATURDAY: 5PM - 9PM

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SUGARBAKERS

Urbana market + deli

BISTRO, BAKERY & COFFEE BAR

DOWNTOWN ITALIAN MARKET

More Than a Bakery

A New Concept

Sugarbakers is a full-service restaurant with over 67 menu items to choose from. Their cuisine has a French and European influence with focus on quality ingredients and made-from-scratch meals. Sugarbakers uses locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Visit Sugarbakers for great sandwiches, daily-made soups, delicious salads, and more. They also offer custom cake and cookie orders available by appointment. They serve breakfast daily until noon and lunch starting at 11. Brunch is served all day Saturday and open from 9am-3pm. Sugarbakers is available for baby showers, birthday parties, business meetings, family functions, and more. Come check out their coffee bar with specialty roasts and a beer and wine lounge.

Brand new to Corpus Christi’s downtown dining scene, on the corner of N. Chaparral and Schatzell St., is Urbana Market + Deli. The “Italian Market” concept is a popular downtown fixture in cities across the country, and owner Christian Bernard is excited to bring an artisan market and deli to Corpus Christi. Urbana features an industrial vibe with high ceilings and large fans. Guests can shop for fresh goods like bread, pies and cookies, along with household necessities. This corner shop and deli is a great place to pick up some groceries and grab a sandwich and a drink. Guests are welcome to enjoy beer or wine on location or grab some to-go. Along with many deli classics, Urbana’s menu includes pizza, grinders, ziti and paninis.

Sample Menu SAMURAI SALAD

ALPINE PANINI

Seared spice rubbed ahi atop a pile of spring greens, fresh sliced strawberries and mango, cucumber, edamame peas and avocado dressed with sweet ginger sesame dressing topped with fried rice noodles.

Roast beef, creamy horseradish, caramelized onion and Swiss cheese.

MAISON SALAD With grilled chicken breast on a bed of romaine lettuce garnished with sliced tomatoes, avocados, and croutons topped off with special house dressing.

SICILIAN PANINI

Loaded with ham, pepperoni, salami, banana peppers, sliced tomato, and provolone cheese.

THE MEDLEY SANDWICH Served on a buttery croissant; topped with sliced turkey, ham, hickory smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, thinly sliced tomato, and crispy lettuce.

LONGHORN SPICY ROAST BEEF SANDWICH Served on choice of a buttery croissant or ciabatta bread; topped with roast beef, hot spicy mayo, rings of red onion, roasted marinated peppers, and crispy lettuce.

Sample Menu VIA VIA

SMOKED PRIME RIB SANDWICH

Oil & garlic, herbs, four cheese, spinach, wild mushroom, goat cheese.

Smoked in house shaved prime rib with Swiss, provolone, & caramelized onion, served “au jus”.

RASTA PASTA Alfredo, smoked chicken, roasted poblano and bell peppers.

PARMA ROSA Marinara and alfredo, roast chicken diced tomato, toasted pine nuts.

SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS

Sweet and spicy Italian sausages, marinara, four cheese.

2766 SANTA FE ST. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 361.884.9541 SUGARBAKERSCC.COM

THE FULL MONTY PANINI Prosciutto, sautéed pears, saga blue cheese, Dijon, on marble rye.

THE ITALIAN STALLION PANINI Capicola, pepperoni, genoa, provolone, pepper rings, sliced tomato, Dijon, oil and vinegar, Italian herbs, on marble rye.

PRICE RANGE: $

PRICE RANGE: $

SPECIALS: DAILY FIVE ITEM SPECIALS BOARD. CATERING AND CUSTOM CAKE AND COOKIE ORDERS AVAILABLE.

SPECIALS: OFFERS A LARGE SELECTION OF TEXAS ARTISAN GOODS. ASK ABOUT HAPPY HOUR AND DAILY SPECIALS.

HOURS: MONDAY: 8AM - 4PM TUESDAY: 8AM - 4PM WEDNESDAY: 8AM - 4PM THURSDAY: 8AM - 4PM FRIDAY: 8AM - 4PM SATURDAY: 9AM - 3PM SUNDAY: Closed

HOURS: MONDAY: 7AM - 7PM TUESDAY: 7AM - 7PM WEDNESDAY: 7AM - 7PM THURSDAY: 7AM - 7PM FRIDAY: 7AM - 7PM SATURDAY: 9AM - 9PM SUNDAY: Closed

424 N. CHAPARRAL ST. CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 361.336.6360

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MIKE COTTEN’S BBQ

3RD GENERATION BBQ RESTAURANT

BBQ from Generations Past Located in Calallen and Portland, Mike Cotten’s BBQ provides South Texas with tried and true BBQ. Owned and operated by a third generation BBQ restaurant owner, Mike Cotten is proud to carry on the family tradition. Mike’s grandfather, Joe Cotten, first opened his BBQ joint in 1947 in Robstown and ran it for more than six decades before it burned down in 2011. Mike, who loved the restaurant industry, wanted to keep the family business going. He opened up Mike Cotten’s as a separate business in 2012, first as a take-out BBQ joint, which expanded to a dining room in Calallen in 2013. In 2015, he opened a second location in Portland.

Real South Texas BBQ Mike’s Cotton’s is a real, down-to-the-bone, South Texas BBQ experience. They use mesquite smoke and the finest meats available! Pretty much everything is made from scratch, so guests know they’re eating excellence. Grab a plate full of your favorite meats or enjoy a sandwich on a hoagie or sour dough bun. Have a seat at their full bar and check out live music every Wednesday evening. Also, full-service catering and delivery is available for small or large groups up to 1,000. Cotton candy is available free of charge for everyone at the end of the meal.

Sample Menu BBQ PLATES

BRISKET NACHOS

Choose from brisket, sausage, ribs, chicken, pork or turkey. All plates are served with the meats, beans, sauce, bread, jalapeño, pickle, tomato and onions.

Try the brisket nachos with delicios brisket and homemade chips.

BEEF RIBS These dinosaur beef ribs are a must have.

BRISKET CHEESE FRIES Home-style fries covered in cheese and delicious brisket. (portland only)

PRICE RANGE: $$ SERVING: LUNCH AND DINNER SPECIALS: VISIT OUR SECOND LOCATION IN PORTLAND - 1702 U.S. HWY. 181. CATERING IS AVAILABLE. HAPPY HOUR TUES - FRI: 3PM - 7PM.

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(portland only) PO’ BOYS

Chopped and sliced Brisket, with sausage on a hoagie bun. Try it on a sour dough bun.

TEXAS TEA Tequila, gin, vodka, triple sec, whiskey, sweet & sour with a splash of coke.

(drink menu)

HOURS: MONDAY: Closed TUESDAY: 10AM - 9PM WEDNESDAY: 10AM - 9PM THURSDAY: 10AM - 9PM

361.933.0143

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FRIDAY: 9AM - 10:30PM SATURDAY: 9AM - 10:30PM SUNDAY: Closed

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PADRE ISLAND

Hot Cheese, Yes Please! The Swiss developed this deliciously cheesy dish of melted cheese and called it Fondue! It is classically served in a communal pot over a mini stove with a heat source beneath it. Anything from fruits and veggies can be dipped, down to full meals such as these lamb chops, veggie medley and bread. Long stemmed forks are provided for ease of consumption. The Bend | DINING GUIDE 2017

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LANCE’S BLACK SHEEP BISTRO & THE BARREL A CURIOUSLY UNIQUE DINING EXPERIENCE

Far From Mainstream Under new ownership, Lance Bradley has always been intrigued with the restaurant business. When the opportunity presented itself, he was quick to purchase this trendy establishment with an atmosphere that transcends age and class with special attention to customer service and an innovative menu. As a black sheep may be odd, it certainly stands out. The hope of the restaurant is to attract those risk takers, the adventurers, and those who are proud to be extraordinary.

Little Bistro by the Bay The food and wine is as warm as the fuzzy sheep mascot. Upscale yet down-to-earth, the cuisine and cocktails range from petite and delicate to hearty and robust. There’s a little something for every discriminating palate and budget. Intimate, dim, and welcoming, bring a date or your friends here for a meal you will sit back, laugh, relax, and compliment the chef for. Locals and visitors alike treat the restaurant as if it were their own. “That’s the best meal I have had in a long time,” is a commonly heard statement, and that is before they’ve had custom-created deserts by top pastry chef.

Sample Menu LITTLE DEVILS

SEAFOOD PASTA

Jumbo shrimp stuffed with jalapeño and jack cheese and wrapped in bacon. Served crisp on a creamy spread of avocado and finished with a red chili vinaigrette.

Linguini tossed with fresh spinach, grape tomatoes and house-made Texas pecan basil pesto. Served with sautéed shrimp, crab, scallops and fresh fish.

LAMB DUNK

THE BOSS’ BROWNIE

Rich and savory, this fondue is made of fresh gruyere, Monterey Jack and sharp cheddar served with seared lamb chops, roasted butternut squash and broccoli florets.

APPLE BOURBON CHOP CHOP Grilled 14 oz bone-in pork chop coated in house-made apple-bourbon glaze served with roasted butternut squash and sautéed asparagus.

WILD GAME WEDNESDAY Every Wednesday enjoy select wild game perfectly prepared, indulge in meals such as wild boar chops, nilgai, axis venison, red stag tacos and quail.

PRICE RANGE: $$ SERVING: DINNER AND WEEKEND BRUNCH SPECIALS: HALF-PRICED WINE ON TUESDAY. DIFFERENT COCKTAIL SPECIAL EVERY NIGHT. * Serving up every kind of cocktail imaginable.

15201 S. PADRE ISLAND DR. STE 120., CORPUS CHRISTI, TX

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Bourbon-pecan blondie layered with a double chocolate brownie served warm and drizzled with a bourbon caramel and topped with candied nuts. Go for gold and add that scoop of vanilla ice cream. (dessert menu)

CURED SALMON Salmon Sashimi cured in-house and placed alongside grilled baguette slices, capers and whipped Goat cheese. (brunch menu)

BLOOD ORANGE ELDERFLOWER Hendrick’s, St. Germain, Lime Juice, Ginger Ale and Blood Orange Juice. (drink menu)

HOURS: MONDAY: 5PM - 10PM TUESDAY: 5PM - 10PM WEDNESDAY: 5PM - 10PM THURSDAY: 5PM - 12AM

361.949.4819

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FRIDAY: 5PM - 12AM SATURDAY: 10AM - 2PM SATURDAY: 5PM - 12AM SUNDAY: 10AM - 2PM

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ROCKPORT

Drop A Pin on This Coastal Spot Rockport, Texas is known for its art galleries and incredible seafood, and Latitude 28°02’ offers guests the best of both worlds. Chef Craig has an affinity for fresh, regional seafood and developed his own unique culinary style around those ingredients.

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LATITUDE 28˚ 02’

COASTAL CUISINE MEETS FINE ART

Fresh and Regional Cuisine For over a decade, husband and wife team Ramona and Craig Day have provided a contemporary dining experience in charming Rockport, Texas. Specializing in fresh, local seafood, Latitude 28°02’ has come to be known as a culinary gem and favorite watering hole among the locals. Even from a young age, Craig showed great interest in the culinary arts while growing up in Corpus Christi. He began his career in food service as a line cook but quickly moved up the ranks to sous chef before becoming head chef. It’s during these formative years when Craig discovered his affinity for fresh, regional seafood and developed his own unique culinary style around those ingredients. Craig’s wife, Ramona, grew up in Portland where her family owned and operated a catering business. It’s there that a gradeschool aged Ramona washed dishes and helped her mother bake cakes. Waitressing helped put Ramona through college and gave her the food service experience she needed to make Latitude 28°02’ one of the most successful restaurants in Rockport.

Sample Menu STEAK OSCAR

SHRIMP GILROY

Eight ounce hand cut choice tenderloin topped with crab meat, asparagus and hollandaise sauce.

Shrimp served in a casserole dish, Sautéed in a garlic mushroom sherry wine sauce and topped with a unique garlic buttered bread crust.

BLACKENED FRESH CATCH Catch of the day served with chipotle crawfish cream sauce.

FISH OSCAR

MEDALLIONS OF DUCK Pan seared duck breast with a shallot and raspberry red wine reduction.

Catch of the day, broiled and topped with crab meat, asparagus and hollandaise sauce.

FISH GILROY

FISH SOPHIA

WARM SPINACH SALAD

Catch of the day, topped with sophia sauce of white wine, butter, fresh tomato and terragon.

Served with a bacon vinaigrette, and choice of fried oysters, salmon or chicken.

Catch of the day encrusted with a unique garlic buttered bread crust.

Charming Dining Experience Latitude 28° 02’ offers an upscale but relaxed and friendly dining experience in the heart of Rockport’s charming historic district. The walls are adorned with paintings from local artists that reflect the beauty of the region. Local’s refer to the atmosphere as “Rockport casual.” Guests can enjoy a bottle of wine from their chef curated wine list or an expertly mixed cocktail. Customers can make reservations to guarantee an available table upon arrival, but walk-in guests are always welcome. PRICE RANGE: $$ - $$$ SERVING: DINNER SPECIALS: HAPPY HOUR 4:30PM - 6:30PM (mon-fri) LEMON DROP MARTINI AND CHAMPAGNE MARTINI ARE TWO LOCAL FAVORITES.

105 N. AUSTIN ST., ROCKPORT, TX

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HOURS: MONDAY: 5PM - LT TUESDAY: 5PM - LT WEDNESDAY: 5PM - LT THURSDAY: 5PM - LT

FRIDAY: 5PM - LT SATURDAY. 10AM - LT SUNDAY: summer only *LT - LAST TABLE

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PORT ARANSAS

Thank You For Smoking, Meat What’s more Texan than beer and BBQ? Traditionally, South Texas style is distinguished by it’s thick sauces that ensure the juiciest meat possible. Thanks to the European meat-smoking traditions brought to Central Texas by German and Czech settlers in the 1800s, butchers would smoke leftover meat to keep it from spoiling. We sure are thankful! The Bend | DINING GUIDE 2017

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port aransas FINS grill & icehouse

the brewery

CASUAL WATERFRONT FAMILY DINING

FLIP FLOP STYLE SPORTS BAR

Food and Fun for Everyone

Beer, Food and More Beer

Established in 2005, FINS has become a family favorite for visitors traveling to Port Aransas. The vision behind FINS is to provide families with a fun place to eat on the water while also serving some of the freshest seafood on the island. Their menu consists of fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, 100% Angus beef burgers, and specials that are created to satisfy all tastes and palates. With a husband in the fishing industry for over 30 years, owner Beth Owens knew they would never short change customers on fresh fish. FINS is all about the quality of food they serve and would never settle for anything less than the best. FINS’ shaded patio makes it available for you to dine at the water’s edge while watching the sunset in the harbor. The whole environment is very family friendly and is perfect choice for large groups and kids.

Born in a Drinking Town with a Fishing Problem, “The Brewery” was created to put the finishing touch to a perfect day. Recently renovated when acquired by new owners in the Fall of 2015, The Brewery has a sports bar feel with a Texas flair. Whether spending the day on the beach or out on the fertile fishing grounds of the Gulf of Mexico “The Brewery” is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some great food complimented by even better house crafted brews. With a range of taps to choose from, you will be sure to find a beer to satisfy your thirst no matter if you’re a craft beer enthusiast or just someone looking for a cold drink after a long hot day. Using the freshest Texas grown hops and ingredients you can rest assured that the beer in your glass is a Grade A Texas beer, and what better way to enjoy that beer than with mouthwatering menu items. From thick cut doublebone pork chop, juicy chicken wings, and classic pub favorites such as Bangers N’ Mash, “The Brewery” is cooking up something that will leave you craving more. So kick off your flip-flops, leave your pole at the door, and grab an ice cold brew!

Sample Menu CHOP & MASH

CHARGRILLED WINGS

Thick grilled double bone-in pork chop, house-made mash potatoes, sautéed cabbage and onions topped with a creamy peppercorn sauce. Served medium.

Jumbo wings chargrilled with our blend of spices, served with your choice of sauce; BBQ, Buffalo, or Honey Sriracha.

BLACK & BLEU BURGER

Sample Menu CRISPY FISH AND SHRIMP COMBO

BAYOU MAHI

Gulf caught Mahi Mahi and fresh shrimp hand-breaded and fried to perfection served with coleslaw, french fries and house-made cocktail and tartar sauce.

Blackened Mahi Mahi topped with a bayou cream sauce, served with rice and vegetables.

“PORT A” BURGER Fresh ground angus beef, white queso cheese, fried pickles and jalapeños, chipotle mayo, all piled on a gourmet sourdough bun.

420 W. COTTER AVE. PORT ARANSAS, TX 361.749.8646 FINSGRILLANDICEHOUSE.COM

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SHRIMP TACOS

1/2 pound Angus beef patty with bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, red onion, and roasted poblano.

Fried shrimp is served on corn tortillas with cabbage, roasted corn, avocado, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, and poblano ranch.

TEJANO SALAD

CORNMEAL BREADED FISH & SHRIMP

Spring mixed greens, poblano ranch, avocado, pico de gallo, roasted corn, cotija, cheese, and hard boiled eggs.

Fresh Gulf fish fried to golden brown and served with house chips, coleslaw, and house-made tartar.

MAHI VERA CRUZ Grilled Mahi Mahi topped with caremalized peppers and onions, fresh slice avocados and jalapeño chimichurri. Served with rice and vegetables.

PRICE RANGE: $ - $$

PRICE RANGE: $ - $$

SPECIALS: LARGE WATERFRONT DOCK. EAT BEFORE RIDING THE PIRATE SHIP LOCATED BEHIND FINS.

SPECIALS: THE ONLY BREWERY IN PORT ARANSAS, TEXAS.

HOURS: MONDAY: 11AM - 9PM TUESDAY: 11AM - 9PM WEDNESDAY: 11AM - 9PM THURSDAY: 11AM - 9PM FRIDAY: 11AM - 9PM SATURDAY: 11AM - 10PM SUNDAY: 11AM - 10PM

429 N. ALLISTER ST. PORT ARANSAS, TX 361.749.2739 PORTARANSASBREWERY.COM

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Mac daddy's A FAMILY KITCHEN FOR THE MASSES

Groups of Any Size If you have ever traveled in large groups you know how hard it can be to find a restaurant that not only will serve you, but can also do so quickly while satisfying the wants of everyone in the group. These are the things that inspired the crew at MacDaddy’s Family Kitchen. Port Aransas lacked a place where people can grab a quick meal no matter how large the group was while also serving quality meals. Using the freshest of ingredients, the crew at MacDaddy’s takes pride in the food they serve. From fresh Gulf seafood to the best BBQ, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. As the only BBQ restaurant on the island, MacDaddy’s Family Kitchen features large, open tables and convenient location close to the beach. The environment is perfect to serve parties of two to 100.

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Sample Menu TEXAS BRISKET & RIB PLATE

FRIED FISH & SHRIMP PLATE

A local crowd pleaser. Get it while it lasts.

A unique twist on this island classic will leave you begging for more.

SMOKED & CHARGRILLED CHICKEN

HOMESTYLE CORNBREAD

Brined, smoked and finished on the chargrill. They’re confident it will be the best you’ve ever had! Served by the 1/2 bird or whole bird.

JALAPEÑO CREAM CORN A local favorite!

Grandma’s recipe.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS If you have a hard time eating vegetables, these might change your mind!

PRICE RANGE: $ - $$ SPECIALS: THEY SPECIALIZE IN CATERING & BUSINESS FUNCTIONS. NO PARTY’S TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL.

429 N. ALLISTER ST. PORT ARANSAS, TX 361.749.2271

MACDADDYSFAMILYKITCHEN.COM

HOURS: MONDAY: 11AM - 9PM TUESDAY: 11AM - 9PM WEDNESDAY: 11AM - 9PM THURSDAY: 11AM - 9PM FRIDAY: 11AM - 9PM SATURDAY: 11AM - 10PM SUNDAY: 11AM - 10PM

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