On the island, IGIC - Biz Center Cafe, a gourmet coffee shop beckons with foamy espresso drinks and fresh-baked pastries, where patrons can grab a snack and refuel with a variety of beverages such as fresh brewed coffee, iced coffee, hot and iced tea, and fresh pastries. Part grocery store, part business center, IGIC - Biz Center Cafe entices visitors with its myriad of options, as it is a true one-stop shop. The business center offers 24-hour turn around, and a huge variety of services such as printing, copying, faxing, internet, and stocks business supplies and packing materials as well. They even design and print business cards, greeting cards, and other printed materials.
The iced toddy, a cold-brewed coffee over ice, is one of the many special artisanal drinks on the menu at Coffee Waves. You can get a caffeine boost with both cold and hot drinks here. Grab a drink like the grasshopper frap and feel free to lounge among the cozy seating area, which has local art hung on its exposed brick and stone walls. In addition to drinks, you can order panini stuffed with Boar's Head meats and pastries selected from local bakeries. Feel free to use the free wireless internet to get some work done or post updates about the current temperature of your coffee. The Coffee Waves downtown location just had its grand reopening after being closed for renovations.
A friendly owner and an array of housemade desserts add a down-home element to the dishes served at Atomic Omelette and Grill, where diner- and southern-style classics comprise an ample menu. For breakfast, signature omelets get a kick from pecan-smoked bacon and serrano peppers, and pancakes come in one of seven flavors such as bananas foster or white chocolate and macadamia nut. Later in the day, sliced rib-eye steak is stacked inside authentic philly cheesesteaks, and chicken-fried chicken is accompanied by garlic bread and gravy.
The pink banner that curls around the fa?ade of Yolanda's Specialty Cakes calls to mind the creamy fondant streaks that grace many of the eponymous owner's specialty confections. Though Yolanda Amaya has been perfecting her craft since 1977, many locals are just beginning to hop on her train of sweet treats thanks to readers of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, who voted her shop the Best of the Best in 2010. On-hand consultants help brides- and grooms-to-be select the perfect theme for their wedding cake, and decorators spell out birthday greetings with swirls of icing. Yolanda and her bakers sculpt cakes into a variety of shapes and styles, from tiered towers to wearable quincea?era dresses.
The dough-twisters at Pretzel World make soft, homemade pretzels throughout the day using whole-wheat-blend flour and several tablespoons of TLC. Located in the Sunshine Mall, this store's pretzels help sate appetites during power-shopping pit stops and boost mall walkers' energy levels to keep them from puttering out before they hit the parking lot.