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Fine Dining Recs. Corpus Christi

Bill Hunt | May 25, 2007 06:16 PM

I’ve been doing my reading and research on ChowHound, on restaurants in the Corpus Christi Area and, though many of the replies are related to articles from ‘02 - 05, there are a few that are more recent, but not many. The reason that I am asking is that my wife is being recruited for a position in Corpus Christi.

I’m a ‘hound in Phoenix, who spends much time in fine-dining establishments, around the globe. While PHX is not NYC, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New Orleans (pre-Katrina), Paris or London, it has a lot to offer - just got a new James Beard Award winner last week. If we were to relocate to Corpus Christi, what would be in store for us?

I’ve looked at all of the on-line menus, that I can find. I’ve poured over ever PDF wine list available (almost none). It looks like there are a few good spots, but, from the research, not that many, and mostly they would be typified as “family” restaurants. It does look like there is good mid-range eating, but I’ve nothing, that I would qualify as “fine-dining.” Now, a lot of my research was probably limited by the differences in geographical references, between anything in Tesxas, except for Dallas and Houston. Not knowing exactly what constitutes the Corpus Christi Area probably has me eliminating some places that would seem close-by by Phoenix standards. I’ve spent time on Mapquest and with my atlas, but just do not have a handle on the outlying burgs. I have probably missed a bunch in my searches. Phoenix is 500+ sq. miles, and growing hourly. The Metro-Area incorporates a dozen smaller city-entities, that I know. I realize that Corpus Christi is much smaller (300,000 vs 4.5M in the Winter), but I’m sure that some of the towns, that I would consider immediately accessible and next-door, are not in my search criteria, because of my lack of geographical knowledge of the area.

Since my wife is a great cook (could be a chef, if she wasn’t so good at other things) and we have no children, I’m most interested in fine-dining, since the “family” oriented spots would probably be just a diversion, when we do not cook in and want to explore local cuisine.

What I am looking for is an overview of the fine-dining scene in Corpus Christi, and its environs, plus recs. for wine lists, that are notable, and wine shops, that are well-stocked. Also, as I have a 6K btl. cellar, that would be moved, what are the laws, charges, general feelings, about BYO[Wine]? Here, in PHX, there are a lot of laws, that generally preclude much. Also, I’d rather support the restauranteur and buy off their list, unless it’s a special occasion.

I have many more questions, but none that are food/wine oriented. I’ll have to locate some fora to post those to.

Phoenix ‘hound, Hunt

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