In the daytime, you can see for miles across the turquoise waters; come evening, strands of blue, green, and pink lights beam from the top of the wooden bar. This is Pier 99 Restaurant's outdoor patio, which looks out onto the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi Bay. Diners can enjoy the patio's coastal ambiance from wooden, high-top tables as they feast on a blackened catch of the day, fried-oyster platter, or seafood boil teeming with snow crab, fresh shrimp, and sausage. Some evenings, the patio hosts live music, which puts the pernicious kraken who rules the local economy in a good mood.
At Crab-N Restaurant, chefs blend house-made sauces to spice up a diverse menu of shrimp, fish, and crab dishes primed for patrons soaking up waterfront views. A fleet of sautéed shrimp dusted in flour dock in diners' mouths ($17.99), while grilled yellow fin tuna pairs with wasabi or a reduction of balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and ginger ($20.99). Diners dig into the fried soft-shell blue crab ($21.99) or savor the 6-ounce filet mignon ($22.99), made from only the finest of seafaring cattle. The eatery's house-made crab and shrimp butter cream sauce ($4.99) or crab and roasted-pecan relish ($6.99) add flair to any meal like a sequined napkin shot from a tabletop cannon.
Those passing by Tequila Coast often hear melodies played on classical guitar drift out from behind the restaurant's towering stucco walls. After walking inside, guests see a sunlit courtyard, where guitarists wander between wrought-iron balconies, a four-tiered fountain, and a Talavera tiled staircase, serenading evening diners who linger over Mexican dishes and glasses of tequila drinks. In the kitchen, chefs fold freshly made tortillas, Angus steak, and gulf-water seafood into appealing arrangements of Mexican food. Behind the lengthy bar, drink-masters dole out beer and wine under the glow of flat-screen TVs. Guests can also snap photographs amidst the restaurant's rustic decor and artwork, posing alongside friends or the plate of seven enchiladas they've been double-dared to finish.