From food trucks to five-star dining, the choice is yours with eateries offering BBQ, soul food, Mexican, seafood, and more in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Corpus Christi is a popular Texas destination thanks to its subtropical climate, seaside location, and tourist attractions like museums and outdoor recreation. Visitors have no reason to go hungry thanks to the city’s bustling food scene. With an eclectic mix of eateries, the city is a delight for foodies looking to expand their palates. For a sampling of the very best eats, consider some of these favorite stops on your next visit to the Sparkling City by the Sea.
Breakfast: Andy’s Country Kitchen
5802 South Staples Street
Craving comfort food? Andy’s Country Kitchen serves up southern home-style favorites like country-fried chicken and eggs with corned beef hash. Other customer favorites include huevos rancheros and breakfast enchiladas. Known for its friendly service and mile-high meringue pies, Andy’s has been a Corpus Christi staple since 1958. While you relish your meal, enjoy the charming G scale train that runs around the restaurant’s ceiling.
Barbeque: Hoegemeyer’s BBQ Barn
711 Concrete Street
No visit to Texas is complete without some barbecue. Hoegemeyer’s BBQ Barn is one of the city’s top joints, offering up customer favorites like brisket, sausage, and peach cobbler, all in a barn setting. Take note of the BBQ Barn’s limited hours before planning a visit – it’s only open four hours a day, from late-morning through mid-afternoon, Monday through Friday, and it’s closed on weekends. The limited hours don’t hamper enthusiasm for the food — the restaurant serves up only freshly smoked barbeque, and when it sells out, it’s gone for the day.
Food Trucks: Munchies Bus
If you’re visiting the city and don’t have time for a sit-down meal, then visit one of the popular food trucks for a quick bite. Munchies Bus is a customer favorite, serving up unique fare like the OG Philly Mac, a sandwich featuring thin-sliced steak or chicken topped with pan-fried peppers and onions, homemade mac and cheese, and creamy queso blanco.
If you’re in town on the last Friday of the month, head to A La Mano, which is Corpus Christi’s Food Truck Friday. Held at North Bayfront Park downtown, this food truck event features everything from burgers to sushi. Added bonus: live music and a beautiful setting.
Lunch: Hester’s Café
Six Points, Lamar Park, The Art Museum of South Texas
Hester’s Cafe operates three locations in Corpus Christi: Six Points, Lamar Park, and the Art Museum of South Texas. With waterside dining, the museum location is a favorite for many patrons who can sit by the shore and view the USS Lexington and other passing ships while eating. Although this location is inside the museum, you don’t have to pay admission to eat, but a glimpse at the artwork as you head to the cafe may entice you to stay and browse after lunch.
Tex-Mex: Kiko’s Mexican Food
5514 Everhart Road
Tex-Mex is a Corpus Christi staple, and Kiko’s is a customer favorite. Serving the city for over 30 years, Kiko’s has plenty of Tex-Mex options on the menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including chili con queso and puffy tacos. The restaurant’s bright colors and bold murals add to the ambiance while takeout options make it easy to enjoy your meal on the run.
Seafood: Yardarm Restaurant
4310 Ocean Drive
Seafood restaurants are plentiful in Corpus Christi thanks to the city’s location on the Gulf of Mexico. The Yardarm stands out from the pack, offering fresh seafood in a romantic beachfront setting. Enjoy fresh entrees like snapper en papillote, fried oysters, or lobster thermidor. Don’t let the seaside cottage decor fool you; the Yardarm offers five-star dining and an extensive wine list. Reservations are highly recommended.
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