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.
Intent on supplying diners with healthy choices by making flavorful, readily available food, the chefs at Urban Fare Cafe craft a menu that mingles Mediterranean, Indian, Asian, and African cuisines. Piquant soups such as the carrot bisque with ginger and mint pair with guiltless sandwiches and wraps such as the Montreal-style roast beef. Alternatively, whole-grain-wheat pizzas stand in for starchier pies, and cooks prepare rice bowls with either white or brown rice. Baristas emit the aromas of roasted coffee beans throughout the eatery by brewing espresso drinks and practicing levitation with café mugs.
The well-trained therapists at Happy Feet Massage aim to relieve tension and improve overall health with reflexology and massage treatments. Talented fingers press specific points on arches and toes to help soothe general tension, ease pain, and get “These Boots are Made for Stomping” out of your head during 30-minute reflexology sessions. The ancient Chinese treatment has also been used to speed post-operative recovery, ease mental health issues, and lessen side effects from chemotherapy. Alternatively, trained palms also coax tension and co-dependent backpacks loose from lower backs and shoulders during 30-minute massages.
Bamboo Garden Counter’s Asian fusion menu pleases palates with Vietnamese–style sandwiches, Asian–style street tacos, and rice bowls. Guests dig into a classic banh mi, a French-influenced Vietnamese–style baguette sandwich with pork or traditional deli meats, pickled carrots, and daikon radish ($4.95) that's well versed in existentialism. For tacos, chefs envelop beef short ribs ($6.95), pork belly ($6.95), or chicken ($5.50) in flour tortillas alongside cilantro, onions, and pickled vegetables. Sauteed veggies accompany rice bowls ($4.95+) into tummies, and steamed buns reveal centers of pork belly ($6.95). While eating, patrons surf the web on free WiFi, checking news, trading stocks, and crafting pyramid schemes.
Beachside Grill & Lounge's menu mingles a bevy of breakfast, lunch, and dinner edibles with scenic views of the Gulf of Mexico. Call dozing tongue buds to attention with trumpeting orders of sweet-potato fries (starting at $4.25), chicken quesadillas ($8.50), and coconut shrimp ($7.75). Pizzas come in standard varieties, such as pepperoni ($14.25), and specialty styles, including the Texas barbecue chicken pizza, crowned with red onions and mozzarella ($15.75). Ears and eyes are equally sated with heaping helpings of Beachside's multiple TVs and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. This Groupon is also valid at the adjacent Sand Bar, perfect for outdoorsy eaters that enjoy the company of land-loving mermaids and their baritone crab overlords.