It's amazing that Central Park BBQ's pristinely white exterior isn't covered in reddish-brown fingerprints, especially since most of the food inside is slathered in a generous helping of barbecue sauce. The restaurant's cooks fill the menu with plenty of Southern charm, which can be tasted in specialties including thick seafood gumbo and Memphis-style ribs that are twice as long as the plate they arrive on. Each BBQ plate comes with a drink to wash down the mountain of meat, bread to sop up sauce, and two sides, such as coleslaw and macaroni and cheese.
Naji’s Pita Gourmet stocks and cooks Middle Eastern foods of all kinds in their combination bakery, grocery store, and restaurant. The bakery is populated by warm and soft preservative-free pita bread, which bakers ship all across the country or turn into crunchy pita chips. In the restaurant, that same pita cradles tender slices of shawarma and gyro meat, dives into plates of hummus, and wraps up crunchy falafel. Patrons can try to mimic Naji’s fare at home after a stop at the grocery store to pick up olives, grape leaves, spice bends, and cardboard cut-outs of the cooks.
Classic Tex-Mex scents season the air at El Gringo, where a colorful mélange of nachos, chimichangas, and fajitas grace plates. Nachos and guacamole commence feasts before juicy cuts of sirloin transform into sizzling carne asada. Veggie quesadillas, enchilada-and-burrito combinations, and fried ice cream get washed down with buckets of beer or margaritas pulled up from local tequila wells.
Since 1950, the family-owned Whataburger has served up its iconic burgers and fresh, made-to-order meals with a commitment to excellent customer service. Now headquartered in San Antonio, Whataburger has grown from a lone Corpus Christi burger stand to a thriving family of more than 750 locations across 10 states. In addition to lunch and dinner, the restaurants' 24/7 hours and fully fledged breakfast menu have made them popular destinations for early morning and late-night dining.
Besides the classic Whataburger, the modern menu includes options such as the jalapeno and cheese Whataburger, the Whatachick'n sandwich, and the Whataburger Jr., which is a regular Whataburger that doesn't know how to tie a tie. The breakfast selections remain rooted in hearty Texas tradition, with crispy honey butter chicken served atop biscuits and taquitos stuffed with scrambled eggs.
After eating at Bryant's Seafood World, diners often rave about the made-from-scratch hush puppies served warm to tables. Those hush puppies are tasty, but be careful not to fill up on them; if you do, you might miss out on other house specialties such as peel-and-eat shrimp, oyster po' boys, and all-you-can-eat crab claws. The restaurant also serves up fried chicken, ribeye steak, and an assortment of desserts. Pair your meal with wine, cold beer, or a cocktail such as a hurricane.
Kairos Kafe’s feast formulators craft hearty Hellenic dishes to fill mouths with breakfast or lunch, depending on the sun’s position in the sky. Rise with the rosy-fingered dawn to enjoy the eggs florentine, two busted-yolk eggs over made-from-scratch hash browns with florentine sauce, spinach, mozzarella, and parmesan ($5.95). Lunchfarers saunter in to have an order of Kairos’s chicken tenderloins one of eight ways, including Horst's Hot & Spicy—grilled chicken tenderloins with buffalo sauce and two side dishes ($6.95). For a power lunch, pound the Bernard’s Black Angus burger—grilled and topped with muenster cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions ($7.95)—then spike your napkin and dump a glass of the house-made Kairos Luscious lemonade all over your appetite's head.