It only takes one visit to town to become acquainted with Crab-N Seafood Restaurant, a local mainstay. Travel + Leisure reports that "Repeat travelers to Rockport know to head to this popular eatery ... for their first supper in town," then adds a caveat: "If you can beat the locals [there]..."
In an area rife with seafood restaurants, it's clear that Crab-N has the recipe to success: sourcing the freshest catches and preparing them in interesting ways is likely what's given the restaurant years of loyal patronage (in this case, nearly 40). The menu includes inventive dishes such as shrimp with crabmeat stuffing, pecan-crusted flounder, and pan-seared sliced tuna over avocado with a ginger/citrus sauce. Even plain cuts are dressed up with the restaurant's homemade sauces, such as the crab-and-roasted-pecan relish. Anyone arriving with their own fresh catch can bring it in, too. As long as it's been prepped, Crab-N's kitchen will cook it for you?but probably not feed it to you.
In Hemingway's Bar & Grill's bustling kitchen, Chef Jason West crafts rotating weekly menus inspired by seasonal produce and fresh catches. The seafood cache pairs pasta and vegetables with a sautéed or artfully blackened fillet, which, like Ebenezer Scrooge, is warm and tender beneath its toughened demeanor. A signature gnocchi of the day joins chops and bowls swirling with house-made soups, and lavish Sunday brunches greet the day with pastries, omelets, and curlicues of peel-and-eat shrimp. Hemingway's full-service bar, the Blue Marlin, pours domestic and imported beers alongside flights and bottles of wines, which often headline their own tasting events. Hemingway's Bar & Grill also caters special events throughout the Corpus Christi area.
Owner and golf guru Matt Christian brings countless golf, fitness, and club-fitting certifications to Elite Golf Performance, where private lessons pair with video analysis to shave strokes from scorecards. Elite’s expert instructors help students develop simple, routine-based exercises focusing on coordination and consistency, following an Elite Golf Performance mode of instruction espoused by PGA Tour winners and US Open champions. The center also boasts a repertoire of technological teaching aids, allowing players to dissect their technique with video swing analysis.
For five years, the chefs of Miss K Bistro and Catering have sliced seasonal fruits, wrapped meats in flavored tortillas, and baked light quiches for their menu of healthy American fare. Their daily offerings eschew fried foods and rotate to include broccoli-and-cheddar quiches and sweet-potato bisques. The team can supply patrons with fresh wraps and baked goods served at charming red and black café tables, or wrap everything in ready-to-cook foil pans for quick catered entrees, perfect for parties, business lunches, and tea parties with imaginary friends.
Outside La Playa Mexican Grill, a hand-painted, sky-blue sign depicts conch shells and silver dollars, hinting at the maritime feasts that await guests inside. Fresh seafood stars in many of the house favorites, such as daily fish specials, ceviche samplers, and shrimp- and crab-stuffed enchiladas. Familiar Tex-Mex dishes round out the menu and include quesadillas, soft tacos, and burritos stuffed with beef or chicken. Diners customize a perfect margarita more than 70 types of tequila and a life-size replica of the Great Salt Lake.
The chefs at Bellino's Italian Restaurant handcraft fresh ingredients into a menu of traditional Italian eats. Steer tiny metal soup gondolas through a bowl of tomato and mussel zuppa di cozze ($9.95), or nosh on an order of bruschetta con gamberi e broccoli, which, like a volcanic eruption on the Italian coast, scatters sautéed shrimp and broccoli across toasted garlic bread ($8.95). Pollo al gorgonzola finds a fowl lounging in a creamy gorgonzola sauce atop a bed of spaghetti ($20.95), and fish, shrimp, clams, and mussels dawdle in the tomato-based soup caciucco ($20.95). Transport yourself to a rustic Italian village with an order of homemade Sicilian-style tiramisu sprinkled with a dusting of cocoa ($6.95).