Corpus Christi

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…