We just got back from our weekend in Corpus. Had a wonderful room at the Omni Bayfront on the 18th floor and while the weather could have been more cooperative, we enjoyed visiting the museum and the aquarium and just spending time there. Now on to the chow...
We had lunch Friday on the way down in Robstown at Joe Cotten's. Dh got the three meat plate and loved it, especially the sausage. I got an open-faced brisket sandwich and while it was good, I can't say it was the best bbq I've had... Of course I've yet to make it to Lockhart to check out some of that :)
Dinner was at Pier 99 on CC Beach. Heaven! We split an app and entree and loved almost every bite. Peel and eat shrimp was the app with some great boil seasoning on it. Served hot (we were out on the deck and it was a bit cold, so we went with hot rather than cold) with butter and cocktail sauce on the side. Absolutely wonderful! Entree was their "seafood platter" which had fish, shrimp, oysters and "stuffed crab". All fried of course. The fish was good but not great, the shrimp and oysters were very good and the crab was pretty typical for such an item. All in all a very good meal and a very good deal! All told, we spent less than $40 including tip for that meal.
Lunch the next day was at Snoopy's Pier. Heaven again! We both got the 1/2 sampler platter (2 portions each of fish, shrimp and oysters with fries) and loved every bite. Their fried fish is just heavenly and it must be because it's made with Mahi. The oysters here were absolutely buttery inside the fried exterior which was just wonderful! Again, a
"cheap" meal at under $20 for two of us with drinks. A bit chilly though and everyone was huddled around the fireplace :)
Dinner was at Nico's Steakhouse...Owned by the man who also owns Longhorn Steak and Ale, they were totally packed! We called ahead (no reservations accepted) at 6:30, got lost, arrived around 7:30 before our name was even up and STILL ended up waiting an additional 45 minutes to be seated! It's that popular! So if you're going to go (and it was very very good!) call ahead or go at off times. They're in the shopping center that the new "HEB Plus" is in... We got their stuffed mushrooms for an app. Good flavor, but too much stuffing for the mushroom and the stuffing didn't stay in the mushroom at all. Salad and bread reminds one of Outback but the blue cheese dressing on my salad had dice-sized pieces of good blue in it, so that was a big winner. Dh got the Caesar and really liked it as it wasn't overly dressed as so many are. The bread looked like the Bushman's bread at Outback and was similar in taste, but not as sweet. I ordered filet as an entree with sauteed spinach and green beans. Usually you get one veg and one starch, but I can't eat the starches, so they were happy to sub the extra veg instead. Dh got the "black and blue" ribeye with walnut butter sauce. He loved his and unfortunately I couldn't eat mine until later (tiny stomach, filled with mushrooms and salad) but when I did, it was definitely worth the wait. Very good meat and for a steak dinner, not a bad total at $56 including tip.
Breakfast on Sunday was at City Diner. Now, take this with a grain of salt...I'm not a diner fanatic, and don't care much for breakfast foods in general, so YMMV, but this was probably my least favorite meal of the trip. Eggs (scrambled) and bacon with hashbrowns for me (didn't eat the hashbrowns though they looked good). The egg was overcooked as most scrambled in restaurants seem to be and the bacon was very greasy and not as crisp as I like. Dh got the mushroom omelet and liked it, but again, overcooked. Plus, there was a very strong musty/moldy smell in the restaurant which was unpleasant. The decor was intriguing with lots of historical CC photos, etc. but I don't know that I'd pick that again for a meal...
Lunch (our last meal in CC) was at Water Street...We were out of time and looking for something seafoody for our last meal. While it was good, I'd not say it was one of my favorite meals. We had oysters rockafeller for app, which were very tasty and then split one of the blackboard specials, a "seared ahi tuna with wasabi sauce". Tuna was WAY overcooked, wasabi was undetectable. But the veg was good :)
Next time we're down there (and we plan to go back in the fall for sure!), we're going to try Jezebelle's at the Art Museum of CC for brunch. Timing was off for this trip, but their menu sounds wonderful. I'd also like to try Katz 21 and perhaps Vietnam, but budget constraints didn't allow it this time... Hope these reviews help someone else looking for Corpus tips :)