Corpus Christi

Aka Sushi

Mar 2, 2017 By Texas Monthly

A few years back, the chef at this downtown sushi spot made a conscious decision to buy and serve only the freshest fish available. The results are sublime. In place of Philly rolls, for instance, you’ll find king salmon with Japanese mint. The Cabo St. Lucas layers slices of yellowtail…

Rock & Rolls Sushi Lounge

Dec 5, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Rock and Rolls Sushi Lounge lives up to its name, with a mash-up style that’s somewhere between sports bar and sushi restaurant, with Axl Rose on backup. The lively buzz of the space keeps pace with the more-is-more menu. A stuffed avocado teeters under a precarious mound of crawfish, goat…

Authentic New York Pizza

Nov 16, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Sometimes you just need a pizza. In Corpus, your best bet comes courtesy of Authentic New York Pizza, owned by Brooklyn transplant Alan Kruger. This bustling, no-frills joint offers all the expected toppings, plus others that range from good to weird, like barbecued brisket and penne pasta. The house-made sauce…

Z-Counter

Sep 30, 2016 By Texas Monthly

At Z-Counter the clientele runs the gamut: Navy pilots, A&M students, local artists, doctors. The self-described “Asian fusion” menu has equal range, with Korean, Vietnamese, Mexican, and American ingredients mixed and matched to good result. The fried egg atop the bibimbap did its job perfectly, with the yolk acting as…

Hoegemeyer’s BBQ Barn

Sep 28, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Hoegemeyer’s BBQ Barn, which is indeed a barn, looks ready for a hoedown, with a heaping side of vintage memorabilia and a little antiques shop to boot. It feels a bit like being at your aunt’s Memorial Day potluck with its spread of all-you-can-eat sides (the delicious brown-sugar baked beans…

Dragonfly

Jul 25, 2016 By Texas Monthly

At Dragonfly, expect whimsy in the decor and ambition in the kitchen.

Yardarm

Jun 7, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Overlooking Corpus Christi Bay, Yardarm’s beachy, windblown exterior turns charming coastal cottage inside (reserve ahead for a coveted window seat). You’ll likely be greeted by the owner, who shutters the restaurant every winter to return home, by boat, to Greece. Look first to the daily specials, which usually feature local…

Julian’s BBQ

May 6, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

Julian’s is a good barbecue joint with the potential to be great. And for Corpus Christi, it is as good as it comes.

8TE Modern American

Apr 6, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Breakfast-lunch-dinner joints often do many things, and none too well. 8TE is a delightful exception, whether serving churros waffles or a buttermilk-and-sweet-tea-brined-fried-chicken sandwich—messy but delivered, helpfully, on a cutting board. 8TE’s lively space belies its strip-center location, with vintage-style industrial chairs and tall tables. Owner Megan Dat Lee grew up…

Vietnam

Feb 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

The Mona Lisa smile on the face of the gilded, larger-than-life Buddha overseeing the upscale dining room seems to reflect the satisfaction of Tony Lam’s patrons. At our last visit, a large filet of sea bass, grilled to a hint of crispiness with a moist, tender interior, came on…

Mamma Mia’s

Feb 8, 2016 By Texas Monthly

Marino Delzotto maintains the culinary traditions of his ancestral village near the Veneto, and his well-practiced team is a pleasure to watch. The menu standards are affordable and always satisfying; for variety we usually indulge in a worth-the-price special such as fresh flounder sautéed in butter and white wine and…

Niko’s Steakhouse

Jan 24, 2016 By Texas Monthly

In the shadow of the busy Staples-Saratoga intersection, Niko’s is consistently dependable and affordable. The kitchen manages the huge menu remarkably well, promptly delivering to the table cold salads and hot entrées. Don’t miss the Black & Blue Ribeye, nicely seared and served with a dollop of rosemary-Gorgonzola sauce; sides…

The Dobson Café

Nov 19, 2015 By Texas Monthly

This deservedly popular spot appeals with its spectacular bay-front setting and menu of hearty salads, sandwiches on thick slices of house-made bread, and tempting pastries. We frequently choose the quiche of the day, particularly when it’s filled with bacon or ham, or the Swinney Switch salad, a feast of crisp…

Thai Spice

Nov 19, 2015 By Texas Monthly

We are always warmly welcomed by Paul and Pennee Chanyaman, who seem to have further upgraded their intimate dining room every time we visit. Plates are artfully presented—a carved wedge of fresh pineapple, a baby coconut as serving vessel—and the menu abounds in interesting dishes offered in varying levels of…

Bleu Bistro

Oct 6, 2015 By Texas Monthly

We frequently seek the comforting decor and hospitality of this neighborhood bistro. We like to start with the roasted beet salad served on mixed greens with candied almonds, goat cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette or the seared sea scallops on a bed of whipped potatoes with bacon-chardonnay jus. On a recent…