Tired of eating in the same restaurants over and over again?
There’s no shortage of under-the-radar restaurants to find culinary bliss in Corpus Christi.
Maybe it’s a little-known hole-in-the-wall diner. Or an undiscovered, secluded gem. Or maybe it’s a long-standing favorite that the locals want to keep a secret.
You just need to know where to look. Here is a list of hidden restaurants that you must try.
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Eirinis Gyros & More
4360 S. Alameda St.
If you’re a fan of Greek food, this hidden gem in an old fast food restaurant is where you can find some of the best gyros and souvlaki. The food is always hot and fresh and has a cozy atmosphere.
4310 Ocean Dr.
You’ve passed this gourmet restaurant on Corpus Christi a thousand times and didn’t even know it. Yardarm Restaurant is known to many locals for its seafood and great views of Corpus Christi Bay.
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Gordo’s American eats
103 Old Robstown Rd.
Gordo’s American Eats is tucked away in the industrial area of the city and offers a variety of American-style dishes such as the Cactus Jack Burger, a Mac n Cheese Fried Burger, a burger with fried bacon cheese, Bibeau’s famous breakfast on a bun, cookies and sauce, tacos and french toast.
For a bite to eat, call or text us at 361-429-7306 for catering or delivery. For more information, please visit Gordo’s American Eats on Facebook.
Recio’s Smokehouse Restaurant & Catering
5526 Old Brownsville Rd.
This restaurant is known for Mexican food – particularly its 4.5-pound breakfast taco, which Texas Monthly named the largest taco in Texas.
Their grill is a reason to talk though (they have awards to prove it). Their chicken steak, burger, and fries are absolute musts when visiting Recio’s.
Bellino Italian restaurant
3815 S. Alameda St.
Bellinos Ristorante Italiano offers a cozy hideaway with strong Italian and Sicilian influence and an extensive list of imported Italian wines.
Marco’s Lunch Club (catering by Marco & Co.)
525 S. Staples St.
Marco & Co. Catering may be a popular catering company, but locals who know the secret know that this nondescript building in North Staples is also a great place to have lunch. Marco’s Lunch Club offers Italian dishes and more from Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The restaurant now offers dinner on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The lunch club does not allow food or drinks outside. Cakes are available when you want to buy a cake for a group birthday party.
If after hours you really feel like eating, the lunch club can also be reserved for private parties.
Sandi’s Diner Red, Hot and Blue
704 Ayers St.
This mom and pop eatery on Ayers Street is known for its classic American menu and retro vibe. Some of their favorite dishes are the Thanksgiving dinner, pizza burgers, Sandi’s waffle, and Area 51 malt.
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Frank’s spaghetti house
2724 Leopard St.
You may have seen this early 20th century house on Leopard Street when you made your way to Buccaneer Stadium, but have you ever wondered what it is? Frank’s Spaghetti House offers authentic Italian dishes with traditional decor and checked tablecloths.
1818 Baldwin Blvd.
Once a former car wash station, this family-run restaurant is dedicated to central grilling seven days a week in the central area of town, one block from Del Mar College until it sells out.
Texas Monthly reported, “It’s already the best grill place in Corpus Christi,” saying, “The meat all screams to central Texas, but the sides come from further south.” What do you think?
3315 Baldwin Blvd.
It’s not flashy or fancy, but these Westside staples offer large servings of freshly fried fish, shrimp, and oysters at reasonable prices.
1604 Staples St. Suite # 114
You’d never know that a tiny sugar shack on Staples Street would have some of the best snow cones, chamoy, fruit plates, and manzanas in Corpus Christi. Treat yourself to delicious desserts or try the unique daily lunch combinations.
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1602 Morgan Ave.
La Ribera may look like your standard taqueria from the outside, but locals know this Morgan Street gem for its generous servings of fresh seafood. It is also easy on the wallet.
The Roughian Supper Club
This pop-up dinner party has become the latest trend on social media and in Corpus Christi. Foodies can pick a dinner party of their choice, RSVP, and be amazed to find your dinner anywhere in town.
Did we mention that there will be a five-course meal with wine, champagne, dessert and yes, a second dessert?
Visit the Roughian Supper Club on Facebook, @theroughiancc on Instagram, or email [email protected] for more information.
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The glass pavilion
900 N. Shoreline Blvd.
You heard about the Republic of Texas at the Omni Hotel Corpus Christi, but have you ever heard of their second restaurant? The glass pavilion is located on the second floor of the hotel and offers affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner with great views of Corpus Christi Bay.
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Small Manila Lumpia house
2124 Waldron Rd.
This humble eatery in a strip mall in Flour Bluff is a destination for authentic Filipino food.
Big Bowl Korean BBQ
6410 Weber Rd. Suite 19
This is the only place in town that you can find authentic Korean barbecue. While you may not be able to cook your own meat (which is common at many Korean barbecue stops), we can guarantee that you will be filled with these delicious dishes.
Our recommendations: If you like spicy stuff, go for the spicy chicken platter with kimchi and macaroni salad. If you like fried foods, go for the chicken katsu or the don katsu (fried pork chop) with kimchi.
During COVID-19, this spot will only take takeaway orders. Call 361-334-6055 to place an order for execution.
7150 S Padre Island Drive Suite 104
If you’re looking for good Indian food in Corpus Christi, don’t miss this hidden restaurant. Sufi Kabob is known for its casual atmosphere and the fresh, hot naan and lamp chops.