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.
SushiBar isn’t easily defined. The pan-Asian eatery draws inspiration from traditional Asian culinary techniques and modern methods. This eclectic acumen extends to the space itself, which transforms into a pleasant brunch site on Sunday afternoons—just a few hours after it is a DJ-driven, dance-centric chess club. Chefs assemble more than 60 sushi rolls—incorporating everything from blackened tuna and jalapeño to spicy crab and bell pepper—but they also introduce Pacific Rim flavors into familiar Western dishes. Beyond the brunch selection's hash of guillotine-sliced Chinese sausage and shiitake mushrooms, the regular menu features pork-belly tacos with kimchi and sliders with poached salmon and puréed avocado.
Since its founding in 1976, Vick’s Famous Hamburgers has slung sizzling burgers between toasted buns alongside golden fries and fizzy soft drinks. Each of its Corpus Christi locations harken back to drive-thru days of yore with hand-painted lettering or portraits of hamburgers and fried chicken illuminated by buzzing neon signs. In the bustling kitchens, chefs hand-bread fish and fry white and dark meat chicken, tucking them into baskets with fries or between hearty sandwich buns. Staffers hand burgers piled with chili, mushrooms, cheese, and other toppings and bubbly root-beer floats though walk-up and drive-thru windows, ready to sate appetites on Vick’s outdoor patios or the nearest Autobahn.
With a 2,500-square-foot patio and two bars, The Sparrow's Landing promises lots of room for relaxation. The laid-back drinking hole and grill borrows recipes from both sides of the Atlantic to create its menu, which features a burger called The Irishman with beer-battered potato planks, cheddar cheese, and whiskey barbecue sauce, as well as shrimp po' boys sided with macaroni and cheese. As for entertainment, 10 giant TVs air throughout the space and local bands take the stage to serenade guests as they sip their choice of beer on tap or specialty cocktail.
Slaves and indigenous peoples of Brazil were once forbidden from learning to fight by the government. So, they began to coach martial training within a blend of African and Brazilian dance, and secretly transformed themselves into warriors. This tradition came to be known as capoeira and formed a central social activity for people to come together, dance, and train. Corpus Christi Brazilian Capoeira's instructors teach a traditional form of the art, with students learning both the martial aspects and acrobatics as they play music, sing, and dance.
Husband-and-wife team Josh and Stacie Morgan oversee Sweet Swirl Frozen Yogurt, where 10 flavors of low-fat and sugar-free fro-yo twist out of self-serve dispensers. Load up cups with ribbons of classic chocolate, rich cake batter, or sugar-free strawberry before stepping up to the toppings bar to add more than 50 types of fresh fruit, candies, and cereal pieces, arranging them if you please into portraits of Isaac Newton, whose invention of gravity made self-serve frozen yogurt, and indeed human life itself, practical.