Founded by dessert pioneers Jeanne and Mark Samii, The Ultimate Cheesecake Bakery’s chefs assemble antidotes to sweetness cravings with a formidable roster of more than 120 items, including 32 cheesecake flavors. Devour an entire small ($10–$12), medium ($14–$17), or large ($22–$26) cheesecake or cut it into slices to give away to favorite orthodontists. Cuspids can chisel away at a slice of fudge marble cheesecake ($2.75) to uncover rivulets of chocolate fudge in vanilla batter or sink into a savory medley of apples and spice in the apple crumb cheesecake ($2.75). The confectionary connoisseurs also build layer cakes and tortes ($22–$26), as well as sugar-free treats perfect for hyperactive Cabbage Patch Kids.
Located inside the Travelodge hotel complex near Corpus Christi Airport, Tacolodge Grill and Bar satiates the hunger of travelers and locals alike with a dual menu of bar and grill fare alongside Tex-Mex tacos, tostadas, and fajitas. Preceding dinner, guests feast on appetizers of chicken wings, chips and salsa, and piled-high nachos. Plates disappear under generous helpings of chicken-fried steak and gravy and flame-licked boneless pork chops, a feat often mistaken for the handiwork of a hungry magician. Tex-Mex entrees include platters of carne guisada and fajitas made with beef or chicken, both flanked by rice, beans, and tortillas.
Dot’z Dawgs & Drafts transports diners back to a simpler time—a time when food was no-fuss and comforting and the world moved at a slower pace. There, diners drink beers and chow down on Chicago-style hot dogs, pizza, and wraps while gazing at vintage Coca-Cola advertisements and the photos of old Hollywood starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball that encompass every inch of free wall space. Amid the 1950s montage, vinyl-and-chrome chairs—striped with the scarlet and silver colors of a retro diner—tuck themselves beneath simple silver tables.
After dinner, patrons grab ice-cream cones and head outside for a stroll along Corpus Christi Beach. The adjacent outdoor playground area is perfect for entertaining kids with hula-hoops and rousing debates on the ethics of peeking during hide-and-seek.