Over the past four decades, Starbucks has bloomed from a single coffee shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market to more than 17,000 stores responsible for caffeinating 55 countries. The company’s smiling, green-aproned baristas have become the mascots of many people’s morning routine, pouring cups of dark, medium, and blonde roast for coffee purists and adding shots of caramel or white chocolate to more elaborate espresso creations and treats such as a Frappuccino blended beverage.
Concerned with more than flavour, Starbucks strives to fill its menu with responsibly sourced coffee, cocoa, and tea that protect the farmers and bioregions they come from. These efforts have earned the company a spot on Ethisphere's 2013 list of the world's most ethical companies.
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.
From its paradisiacal perch on North Padre Island, Black Sheep Bistro spices up its menu of fresh seafood, steak, and pasta dishes with an array of international flavors, ranging from Mexican to Martian. Rich, flavorful appetizers like Nacho Ordinary Crab ($8)—a savory pile-up of toasted corn tortilla chips and fresh blue crab meat, topped with pepper jack cheese—complements the Bistro's warm, colorful ambiance and gives taste buds a seamless segue way to entrees such as the locally famous Little Joe ($25), a filet smothered in blue cheese and caramelized onions, and the Pescado La Ticla ($15), the catch of the day grilled over mesquite coals and slathered in pico de gallo. Diners with ample post-prandial stomach space can close with a slice of Grandma's Homemade Apple Pie A La Mode ($4.50). Otherwise, savor a glass of Napa Valley wine on the outdoor patio and feel the ocean breeze playfully muss your hair as you indulge in a little people watching, fleeing-people watching, zombie watching, and zombie fleeing.
Turkey Gone Wild! It might sound like a surreal newspaper headline, but it’s actually just the name of one of Small Planet Delicatessen & Bakery's hot sandwiches. The gourmet creations are the deli’s specialty, and the aforementioned Turkey Gone Wild is a melty layering of turkey, white cheddar, purple onion, and avocado spread. The deli's New Planet sub also starts with turkey, but bulks up with hard salami, jalapeños, and pesto sauce, tucked between slices of jalapeño-cheese bread. Customers can also build their own sandwich from a diverse selection of breads, meats, and toppings that includes everything from sweet ham to artichoke hearts.
The rest of the menu boasts an international spread of deli- and bakery-inspired foods. There’s country french quiche and athenian gyros, mesquite-chicken quesadillas and kids’ personal pizzas. A tempting array of baked goods in single-serving sizes enables patrons to try just a slice of tuxedo-truffle cake, or a single white-chocolate-and-walnut cookie, the crumbs of which can be tossed in the air for a post-meal celebration.
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.
Tables at Citrus Bayfront Bistro overlook the sparkling Corpus Christi harbor. The pristine view invites diners to relax while they select from a menu of European-inspired sandwiches and discuss the finer points of sandcastle construction. Diners might tuck into an italian wrap, portobello-mushroom sandwich, or grilled-chicken sandwich with caramelized onions and roasted poblano peppers. Lighter fare includes a daily rotating soup such as broccoli and cheese or Abuela’s chicken soup, along with a selection of crisp salads including the Citrus spring salad and Mediterranean salad. The Bistro is open for lunch Monday–Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.