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.
Swathed in the rich reds and purples, visitors to Lotus Dreams Tea might feel transported. After selecting one of 30 different kind of international loose-leaf teas from around the globe, sippers can bask in the scents emanating form beautiful pots while lounging on a plush couch or exotic rugs. The sensation of escape is possible amidst the teashop's richly decorated interior, fashioned after Eastern tea houses where customers can relax with a hot brew and disagree with the latest horoscopes.
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.
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.