Under its cabana-style roof, Bron's Shaved Ice takes the edge off the summer swelter with frozen treats. Guests can cool down with more than 50 flavors of smooth shaved ice, from classics such as strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate to exotic spins including coconut cream pie and wedding cake.
In Hemingway's Bar & Grill's bustling kitchen, Chef Jason West crafts rotating weekly menus inspired by seasonal produce and fresh catches. The seafood cache pairs pasta and vegetables with a sautéed or artfully blackened fillet, which, like Ebenezer Scrooge, is warm and tender beneath its toughened demeanor. A signature gnocchi of the day joins chops and bowls swirling with house-made soups, and lavish Sunday brunches greet the day with pastries, omelets, and curlicues of peel-and-eat shrimp. Hemingway's full-service bar, the Blue Marlin, pours domestic and imported beers alongside flights and bottles of wines, which often headline their own tasting events. Hemingway's Bar & Grill also caters special events throughout the Corpus Christi area.
Outside La Playa Mexican Grill, a hand-painted, sky-blue sign depicts conch shells and silver dollars, hinting at the maritime feasts that await guests inside. Fresh seafood stars in many of the house favorites, such as daily fish specials, ceviche samplers, and shrimp- and crab-stuffed enchiladas. Familiar Tex-Mex dishes round out the menu and include quesadillas, soft tacos, and burritos stuffed with beef or chicken. Diners customize a perfect margarita more than 70 types of tequila and a life-size replica of the Great Salt Lake.
Husband-and-wife team Josh and Stacie Morgan oversee Sweet Swirl Frozen Yogurt, where 10 flavors of low-fat and sugar-free fro-yo twist out of self-serve dispensers. Load up cups with ribbons of classic chocolate, rich cake batter, or sugar-free strawberry before stepping up to the toppings bar to add more than 50 types of fresh fruit, candies, and cereal pieces, arranging them if you please into portraits of Isaac Newton, whose invention of gravity made self-serve frozen yogurt, and indeed human life itself, practical.
Hamlin Pharmacy and Fountain is one of the last holdouts of bygone era. Open since 1960, the combination pharmacy, soda fountain, and gift shop treats its guests as treasured friends, just like a small-town shop should. The pharmacists prepare prescriptions and dispense over-the-counter remedies to keep people healthy and happy. Meanwhile, at the other end of the shop, another kind of happiness is brewing. An old-fashioned soda fountain and diner?complete with aqua-blue seats and formica countertops?serves up burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, and sundaes that plaster smiles on faces at mealtime. Furthermore, the One Love Bakery team creates sugar cookies, pies, and strawberry shortcake that provide a sweet ending to a filling lunch. Complete your trip by taking home candles or bath products, which can soothe minds agitated by cravings for extra chili cheese fries.
SushiBar isn’t easily defined. The pan-Asian eatery draws inspiration from traditional Asian culinary techniques and modern methods. This eclectic acumen extends to the space itself, which transforms into a pleasant brunch site on Sunday afternoons—just a few hours after it is a DJ-driven, dance-centric chess club. Chefs assemble more than 60 sushi rolls—incorporating everything from blackened tuna and jalapeño to spicy crab and bell pepper—but they also introduce Pacific Rim flavors into familiar Western dishes. Beyond the brunch selection's hash of guillotine-sliced Chinese sausage and shiitake mushrooms, the regular menu features pork-belly tacos with kimchi and sliders with poached salmon and puréed avocado.