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.
The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
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.
Since its founding in 1976, Vick’s Famous Hamburgers has slung sizzling burgers between toasted buns alongside golden fries and fizzy soft drinks. Each of its Corpus Christi locations harken back to drive-thru days of yore with hand-painted lettering or portraits of hamburgers and fried chicken illuminated by buzzing neon signs. In the bustling kitchens, chefs hand-bread fish and fry white and dark meat chicken, tucking them into baskets with fries or between hearty sandwich buns. Staffers hand burgers piled with chili, mushrooms, cheese, and other toppings and bubbly root-beer floats though walk-up and drive-thru windows, ready to sate appetites on Vick’s outdoor patios or the nearest Autobahn.
Slaves and indigenous peoples of Brazil were once forbidden from learning to fight by the government. So, they began to coach martial training within a blend of African and Brazilian dance, and secretly transformed themselves into warriors. This tradition came to be known as capoeira and formed a central social activity for people to come together, dance, and train. Corpus Christi Brazilian Capoeira's instructors teach a traditional form of the art, with students learning both the martial aspects and acrobatics as they play music, sing, and dance.
Mole sauce is traditionally made with fistfuls of dried poblano peppers and hints of chocolate. Drawing on recipes for time-tested Mexican cuisine such as this, cooks at Tequila Restaurant fill the kitchen with the clatter of pots and pans. Chimichangas and avocados stuffed with strips of beef sizzle in hot oil, and carne asada crackles against a skillet beneath slices of peppers and onions. Ranks of tequila bottles stand on a shelf behind the bar, waiting to fill margarita glasses or help write a cowboy ballad that is due the next day.