The comestible crew at The HoneyBaked Ham Co. assembles a menu of classic sandwiches out of spiral-sliced ham, roasted turkey, and prime roast beef, awakening pococurante palates with the heavenly tastes of baked honey and gourmet deli trimmings. Smoked up to 24 hours so each slice is as tender as a toddler’s toothless smile, hand-selected hams lend 10 types of boxed lunch sandwiches a rosy hue and a distinctive salty sweetness. The HoneyBaked ham classic proves that pigs can fly with its heaven-sent ham on a fresh baker’s roll stacked with swiss cheese, lettuce, and tomato slathered in sweet and rich hickory honey mustard, and the turkey bacon ranch finds its own wings with savory smoked turkey paired with bacon, swiss cheese, and ranch sauce on multigrain bread. Meanwhile, the prime roast beef sandwich's succulent beef captains a flaky croissant through squalls of zesty horseradish with a crew of red onions, lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese. Each boxed lunch arrives armed with a pickle spear and choice of chips or a homestyle side such as potato salad, macaroni and cheese salad, or the alliterative broccoli bacon bliss salad. Patrons can slurp down their chosen drink as an included cookie or brownie eases taste buds back down from euphoric meat-laden heights. As an added bonus, Groupon customers may purchase an eight-pound ham at a discounted price of $51 (normally $57.72).
Crowned the 2009 Readers’ Choice Best of the Best New Restaurant in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Johnny D’s features a menu of daily seafood specials, racks of lamb, and other American-style eats. Open for dinner only, Johnny D's silences the cries of hungry stomachs with its popular blackened ahi tuna, seared rare and thinly sliced and served over a wasabi-beer sauce with jasmine rice and baby bok choy, cabbage's adorably tender offspring ($21). Steak offerings range from tender filet mignon rubbed in a house blend of coffee and spices ($21) to foot-pedaled car topplers such as the 12 oz. béarnaise-topped rib eye ($23).
Cuisine Type: French American Bistro
Most popular offering: 8 oz. Angus tenderloin and fresh fish
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Alcohol: Full bar
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Large groups should call ahead.
Otherwise, enjoy our great wine list and wonderful ambiance.
Whether Chef Gary Kent and Sous Chef William Ramirez are preparing escargot and fresh oysters, roasting chicken, or assembling ham and gruyere sandwiches, they keep one goal in mind: to transport diners back to a time when all food came from real farms. To do this, they seek out local ingredients at the height of seasonal freshness, from organic produce and artisan cheeses to humanely raised meat and wild fish. They pair this wide-ranging selection of simple, yet upscale food with an equally robust wine list, which features over 50 wines from Napa Valley, France, Italy, and Spain.
The food isn't the only thing that whisks visitors back to a simpler time. The dining room creates a rustic, yet sophisticated vibe with exposed brick accents, polished concrete floors, old wood furnishings, and suspended wine bottles. Vintage candle sticks and old-fashioned lighting fixtures add to the comfortably elegant ambiance.
Beauty & the Bistro Café & Catering's uniformed staff add friendly elbow grease to their catered social and corporate events. Expectant mothers round up posses of up to 30 guests for a two-hour takeover of the bistro's party room, where a sign-in and gift table greet guests and assign code names written in baby talk. Load up on human fuel from a buffet spread, filling antique china, glasses, and silverware with comestibles including seasonal fruits, parmesan pasta salad, and sliced croissant sandwiches stuffed with generous portions of chicken salad. As light dinner music plays over excited conversations and debates on the origin of the rattle, the staff quiets wailing sweet teeth with slices of guest-provided cake.
Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for the past 25 years, fleshing out its lineup of specialty pizzas with a munificent menu featuring an array of classic and specialty pizzas. Traditionalists of Italian fare can indulge in the Spicy Italian with pepperoni, sausage, and invisible meat. More progressive pie enthusiasts may select the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken ($15.99), or go all-out and get The Works, a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy Italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and ripe black olives ($15.99). Like a bangin’ club or especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune eatery for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.