Under-the-radar restaurants you have to try in Corpus Christi
Tired of eating at the same restaurants over and over again?
There's no shortage of under-the-radar eateries where you can find culinary bliss in Corpus Christi.
Maybe it's a little-known hole-in-the-wall diner. Or an undiscovered, out-of-the-way gem. Or perhaps it's a longtime favorite that locals want to keep secret.
You just have to know where to look. Here's a list of hidden eateries you have to try.
Eirini's Gyros & More
4360 S. Alameda St.
If you're a sucker for Greek food, you can find some of the best gyros and souvlaki at this hidden gem housed in an old fast-food restaurant. The food is always hot and fresh and it offers a cozy atmosphere.
4310 Ocean Dr.
You probably have passed this fine-dining restaurant in Corpus Christi a thousand times and didn't even know it. The Yardarm Restaurant is known to many locals for its take on seafood and great views of Corpus Christi Bay.
Gordo's American Eats
103 Old Robstown Rd.
Hidden in the city's industrial area, Gordo's American Eats offers a variety of American-style food choices like the cactus jack burger, a fried mac n cheese burger, bacon fried cheese burger, Bibeau's Famous Breakfast On A Bun, biscuits and gravy, tacos and french toast.
In order to get a bite, call or text 361-429-7306 for catering or delivery. For more information, visit Gordo's American Eats on Facebook.
Recio's Smokehouse Restaurant & Catering
5526 Old Brownsville Rd.
This restaurant is known for Mexican food — especially its 4.5 pound breakfast taco, which Texas Monthly has named Texas' biggest taco.
However, their barbecue is one to talk about (they have awards to prove it), Their chicken fried steak, burgers and fries are a definite must when you visit Recio's.
Bellino Ristorante Italiano
3815 S. Alameda St.
Bellino's Ristorante Italiano offers a cozy hideaway with a strong Italian and Sicilian influence and an extensive list of imported Italian wines.
Marco's Lunch Club (Marco & Co. Catering)
525 S. Staples St.
Marco & Co. Catering may be a popular catering business, but locals who are in on the secret know this nondescript building on North Staples is also a great place to eat lunch . Marco's Lunch Club offers Italian dishes and more from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The eatery now offers dinner hours from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The lunch club does not permit outside food or beverages. Cakes are available should you wish to purchase a cake for a group birthday celebration.
If you're really craving their food after hours, the lunch club can also be reserved for private parties.
Sandi's Diner Red, Hot and Blue
704 Ayers St.
This mom-and pop diner on Ayers Street is known for its classic American menu and retro atmosphere. Some of their popular dishes include the Thanksgiving dinner, pizza burger, Sandi's waffle and Area 51 malt.
Frank's Spaghetti House
2724 Leopard St.
You may have seen this early 20th Century home on Leopard Street while making 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 checkered tablecloths.
1818 Baldwin Blvd.
Once a former car wash station, this family-owned restaurant dedicates its time to making "great BBQ" seven days a week in the city's central area, just a block away from Del Mar College, until they sell out.
Texas Monthly reported "it's already the best barbecue joint in Corpus Christi" stating "the meats all scream Central Texas, but the sides are from further south." What do you think?
3315 Baldwin Blvd.
It's not flashy or fancy, but this Westside staple offers large servings of fresh fried fish, shrimp and oysters at reasonable prices.
1604 Staples St. Suite #114
You would 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 their tasty desserts or munch down on their unique daily lunch combos.
1602 Morgan Ave.
La Ribera may look like your standard taqueria on the outside, but locals know this Morgan Street gem for its generous portions of fresh seafood. It's 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. Food lovers can pick out their dinner party of choice, RSVP and be surprised to find your dinner date anywhere in the city.
Did we mention there will be a five-course meal including wine, champagne, dessert and yes, a second dessert?
Go to The Roughian Supper Club on Facebook, @theroughiancc on Instagram or email email@example.com for more information.
The Glass Pavilion
900 N. Shoreline Blvd.
You've heard of the Republic of Texas at the Omni Hotel Corpus Christi, but have you ever heard of their second restaurant? The Glass Pavilion, which is located on the second floor of the hotel, offers affordable breakfast, lunch and dinner meals with a scenic view of Corpus Christi Bay.
Little Manila Lumpia House
2124 Waldron Rd.
This unassuming restaurant in a strip shopping center in Flour Bluff is a destination for authentic Filipino food.
Big Bowl Korean BBQ
6410 Weber Rd. Suite 19
This is the only place where you can find authentic Korean barbecue in the city. While you might not be able to cook your own meat (which is common for many Korean barbecue stops), we can guarantee that you will be stuffed with these tasty dishes.
Our recommendations: If you like hot stuff, get the spicy chicken plate with kimchi and macaroni salad. If you're into fried foods, get the chicken katsu or the Don Katsu (fried pork cutlet) with kimchi.
During COVID-19, this spot only takes to-go orders. Call 361-334-6055 to make a carry out order.
7150 S Padre Island Drive Suite 104
If you're looking to find some good Indian food in Corpus Christi, you don't want to miss out on this hidden eatery. Sufi Kabob is known for its casual atmosphere and fresh hot naan and lamp chops.