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Brewster Street Icehouse

The epitome of the Texas icehouse. Bring the kids for a burger, friends for a beer, or wander over after a game at Whataburger Field for live music (cover $10). Thursday nights are Texas Country, Friday to Sunday...

Mexican in Corpus Christi

El Mexicano

This very welcoming, no-nonsense Mexican diner serves high-class food at great prices. Breakfast starts early, with orders from $2.15, but even if you can't make it by 11am everything is fantastic value.

Coffee in Corpus Christi

Green Light Coffee

We'd almost say it was trying to hard if it wasn't just. that. good. With nitro and cold brew on tap ($3) alongside more traditional espresso-based favorites ($1 to $3) and a classy minimalistic interior, this is...

Aquarium in Corpus Christi

Texas State Aquarium

Learn about Gulf Coast marine life, just across from downtown at the southern end of North Beach. Three large handling tanks let you get close to sharks, jellyfish, stingrays and the like, while further exhibits...

Museum in Corpus Christi

USS Lexington Museum

Moored just north of the ship channel and aquarium, this 900ft-long aircraft carrier dominates Corpus Christi bay. The Lexington served in the Pacific during WWII and was finally retired in 1991. High-tech...

Cafe in Corpus Christi

Hamlin Pharmacy and Fountain

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....

Pub in Corpus Christi

Post at Lamar Park

This gastropub's dinner menu is strong, the Sunday brunch menu is even better and the drink list is unbelievable. More than 60 beers and 30 scotch choices, for starters, and cocktail drinkers will appreciate the...

Museum in Corpus Christi

Art Museum of South Texas

Enjoying a spectacular seafront setting, across from the Museum of Science & History, this modern museum focuses on changing exhibitions of contemporary American art. In its Spanish Colonial section,...

Cafe in Corpus Christi

Hester's Cafe

Great coffee is a given in 'too cool for brewed' Corpus, but this daytime-only cafe is also much loved for excellent breakfasts, creative salads, delicious sandwiches and quiches, and beautiful desserts (key lime...

Historic Site in Corpus Christi

Heritage Park

Originally a neighborhood of old homes, Heritage Park has morphed into a theme park of old homes. A dozen Corpus houses, from humble to grand and dating back as far as 1851, have been moved to this area bounded...

Burgers in Corpus Christi

Whataburger

Corpus Christi's own entry in the burger-chain wars, Whataburger got its start in town in 1950. This location, with its view of the marina, wears much of the 1970s orange motif found in the chain's 700 other...

Museum in Corpus Christi

Museum of Science & History

This fun museum explores Texas' natural history, and displays gold bars and huge disks of silver recovered from three Spanish ships wrecked nearby in 1534. Follow the doomed expedition of French explorer La...

Nature Reserve in Corpus Christi

Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve

Overlooking Oso Bay, this city-run nature reserve of 162 acres has 4 miles of trails to wander. The surrounding wetlands are a haven for birdlife, and volunteers at the visitor center can help identify species....

Seafood in Corpus Christi

Water Street Seafood Company

Busy all week because of the huge and changing selection of fresh seafood, much of it not deep-fried, and there's a 'playa' menu for those that lean more toward the 'turf' than the surf. It also has a very...

Burgers in Corpus Christi

Padre Island Burger Company

One might be forgiven for mistaking this place for a dive bar, and it isn't far off after dark, but it also happens to serve up some of the best burgers in the Corpus Christi area. Whatever your order, don't...

Bar in Corpus Christi

House of Rock

Sort of like an extension of your living room…if only you were cooler and had better taste in music. The bar (21+) and restaurant (all ages) are open daily and there's no cover, while the much-larger event space...

Museum in Corpus Christi

Museum of Asian Cultures

This small but well-curated museum is worth a look if you have an interest in art from across South and Southeast Asia, but particularly from Japan. There are some interesting masks and Kabuki figures, plus a...

Southern in Corpus Christi

Executive Surf Club

Dig into a burger or a chicken fried steak at your surfboard table and sip a craft brew from locally sourced Lazy Beach Brewing at this longtime Corpus Christi fave. It has a pet-friendly porch plus live music,...

Museum in Corpus Christi

K Space Contemporary

This small space hosts contemporary-art exhibitions, which rotate every four to six weeks, with a penchant for emerging artists. The often-provocative installations are thought provoking, but themes can sometimes...

Tex-Mex in Corpus Christi

Blackbeard's on the Beach

This rollicking North Beach place serves up tasty Mexican and American cuisine, with a strong focus on seafood, from fish tacos to seared tuna. Wash it down with cheap margaritas while sitting back for the live...