Hamlin Pharmacy and Fountain

Cafe in Corpus Christi

A character-filled throwback to the days when drugstores all had lunch counters, this is the real 1960s deal. Sit on a barstool or in a tiny booth and have a bowl plus something luscious from the soda fountain. The cook, Jesse Lerma, has been manning the grill since just a few months after the fountain opened in 1960.

Hamlin is in a vintage strip mall about 5 miles south of the marinas. The on-site bakery, with a more modern menu of items such as macarons and key lime pie, is also worth a look.