Portis Kountry Kitchen's cooks prepare a down-home menu of Southern soul food served up in a cafeteria-style eatery. Baked or fried chicken, smothered steak, and fried fish compete for top billing, as a side of corn plays cupid with suitors of parsley-buttered potatoes, french fries, or spinach, to comprise Friday's lunch special of one entree and two sides ($6.99). Classic sandwiches, such as the Ruben ($5.50) and the triple-decker club ($4.99), stack meats and vegetables between lightly toasted white, wheat, rye bread, or a croissant and audition for mouths with a choreographed step-dancing routine featuring an ensemble of chips, a drink, and a pickle slice.
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).
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.
Saigon Café’s Vietnamese chef lends toothsome authenticity to a menu of traditional dishes. The noodlery boasts sandwiches ($2.95), rice dishes, vegetarian options, and a rainbow of bubble tea flavors, including papaya, mocha, watermelon, and love ($3.50).
In one rice-platter scenario, a battalion of rice stands guard for a char-grilled pork chop and egg-roll royalty ($6.95).