A day on the beautiful beaches of the Coastal Bend can work up quite the appetite. Luckily, Corpus Christi has a ton of awesome restaurant spots located conveniently close to the beach that will leave your belly full and your taste buds more than satisfied.
Hit up Surfside Sandwich Shoppe on Padre Island and acquaint yourself with their mouth-watering sandwich menu featuring grilled three-cheese, Cuban press, teriyaki chicken and meatball grinders. Enjoy outdoor seating with ocean views in the backdrop for the quintessential beach experience. You can even take your food to the sand and enjoy a relaxing beach picnic.
Leave the beach just in time for happy hour and go to Scuttlebutt’s on North Padre Island for some 5 o’clock drinks and apps. A refreshing glass (or two) of sangria or Scuttlebutt’s signature punch is the perfect way to wind down from a beach day. The menu is diverse and suitable for any occasion or palate. Enjoy grilled peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches, hand-cut rib eye steaks, oysters on the half shell and one of the best sushi bars around.
In addition to a fire food selection, there’s an extensive craft beer and wine list with live music every night.
Don’t let the name fool you -- The Angry Marlin on South Padre Island will have you feeling anything but angry! Its unique and evolving menu of Santa Fe flavors fused with French and Italian cuisine make this beach-side establishment far from any ordinary restaurant. After a day of fishing, bring your catch and they’ll cook it for you just the way you want it – blackened, grilled, fried or pan-seared.
The Angry Marlin’s outdoor beer garden and palm-tree tiki lounge is the epitome of the beachy Coastal Bend vibe. The happy hour specials include great prices on domestic bottles, drafts, homemade sangria and infused cocktails.
At Padre Island Burger Company, the famous build-a-burger menu option is a must-try -- you can create a burger the exact way you want it! Choose from classic beef to chicken and combine it with a fried egg, bacon and more.
There’s always live music on the weekends and the biggest sports games playing on the TVs. The family-friendly environment creates a comfortable atmosphere where everyone feels welcomed.
You can’t visit Corpus Christi and not get Whataburger! The very first Whataburger was founded right here in Corpus Christi by Harmon Dobson in 1950! It’s also home to the world’s only two-story, 6,000-square-foot Whataburger by the Bay, with an elevator, and complete with an open deck overlooking the water!
Pizza is delicious no matter the time or place. If you want a hot and fresh pizza after leaving the beach, Padre Pizzeria is the perfect spot. Pick it up, eat-in or delivery, also makes it easy to order or grab a pie to eat right on the beach!
There are so many restaurants in Corpus Christi offering delicious eats to eat in your flip flops and swimsuit.