Founded by dessert pioneers Jeanne and Mark Samii, The Ultimate Cheesecake Bakery’s chefs assemble antidotes to sweetness cravings with a formidable roster of more than 120 items, including 32 cheesecake flavors. Devour an entire small ($10–$12), medium ($14–$17), or large ($22–$26) cheesecake or cut it into slices to give away to favorite orthodontists. Cuspids can chisel away at a slice of fudge marble cheesecake ($2.75) to uncover rivulets of chocolate fudge in vanilla batter or sink into a savory medley of apples and spice in the apple crumb cheesecake ($2.75). The confectionary connoisseurs also build layer cakes and tortes ($22–$26), as well as sugar-free treats perfect for hyperactive Cabbage Patch Kids.
Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for the past 25 years, fleshing out its lineup of specialty pizzas with a munificent menu featuring an array of classic and specialty pizzas. Traditionalists of Italian fare can indulge in the Spicy Italian with pepperoni, sausage, and invisible meat. More progressive pie enthusiasts may select the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken ($15.99), or go all-out and get The Works, a top-heavy combination of pepperoni, ham, spicy Italian sausage, fresh-sliced onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and ripe black olives ($15.99). Like a bangin’ club or especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune eatery for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.
Located inside the Travelodge hotel complex near Corpus Christi Airport, Tacolodge Grill and Bar satiates the hunger of travelers and locals alike with a dual menu of bar and grill fare alongside Tex-Mex tacos, tostadas, and fajitas. Preceding dinner, guests feast on appetizers of chicken wings, chips and salsa, and piled-high nachos. Plates disappear under generous helpings of chicken-fried steak and gravy and flame-licked boneless pork chops, a feat often mistaken for the handiwork of a hungry magician. Tex-Mex entrees include platters of carne guisada and fajitas made with beef or chicken, both flanked by rice, beans, and tortillas.