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    Best Cocktails: The Post at Lamar Park

    While staying true to its Corpus roots, The Post acquired its name from the old post office that used to occupy its space. This gastropub pays homage to the pre-prohibition style of cock- tails, yet with a modern twist. They use fresh ingredients in all their cocktails to ensure the finest quality of drinks that keeps us all coming back for more. more

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    Best Bakery, Sweet Treat, Brunch, & Sandwich: Hester's Cafe

    Romance might have been what brought owners Jason and Hester Rodriguez together, but their love (and talent) for all things café has allowed their business to flourish. Ask anyone in the community about Hester’s Café and you are sure to get a gleaming review. It’s no surprise Hester’s won in four different categories for this year’s Local’s List. Walk in to any of their three locations and you will be greeted by smiling faces and the smell of whatever fresh baked goods just came out of the oven. Homemade pastries, mimosas, and tasty sandwiches are all up for grabs at this local favorite. more

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    Best Pizza: Mesquite St. Pizza & Pasta Co.

    Mesquite Street sets out to bring the best food, drinks, and entertainment to the community. Originating in 2013, this unique restaurant has been cooking up the best pizzas in town. more

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    Best Microbrewery: Lorelei Brewing Company

    This year’s pick for favorite local microbrewery goes to Lorelei Brewing Company. Their vast selection of beers guarantees each of its patrons a good time. more

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    Best Diner/Dive: Snoopy's Pier

    This longtime local favorite provides fun and good food for the whole family. Their fresh seafood dishes are always up to par and the view you have while eating is pretty hard to beat. With an on-site fish house and shrimp breeding facility, you can expect nothing but the best from Snoopy’s Pier! more

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    Best Beer List: B&J's Pizza- Brew Pub

    The first thing that probably comes to mind when you think of B & J’s is their delicious pizza; however, their beer selection is certainly worth noting. This microbrewery has a type of beer to fit anyone’s preferences—if you are a hops fanatic or just want a simple Lonestar, they have a beer for you. more

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    Best New Restaurant: 8TE

    It was a refreshing moment when 8TE popped onto the scene almost two years ago! This Modern-American restaurant has something for every palate. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and each meal has nothing but the freshest ingredients. 8TE brings a new way of homestyle cooking to the Coastal Bend and boy are we happy they did. more

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    Best Breakfast Taco: Nano's Taco Run

    Everyone knows Corpus Christi has the best breakfast tacos in Texas, but as for where to find the top one in town... that can be tricky. Nano’s takes the crown for taco favorite and there is no doubt as to why. Get the taste of real authentic Mexican food right here in town. Run through their drive through or take a seat inside and enjoy a hearty-sized breakfast taco. Plus, for all you late-to-risers, they serve breakfast all day! more

  • Best Asian Cuisine: Thai Cottage

    If you are trying to impress your plus-one without breaking the bank, this Thai restaurant might just be the place to do so. Curry, Pad Ke Mow, and fried rice galore— Thai Cottage has the atmosphere of a quaint lodge that allows you to cozy up and kick your Asian cravings. more

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    Best Barbeque: Howard's BBQ

    This family owned and operated barbeque joint has all the tender brisket you could dream of with all the finxins to go with it. Howard’s serves up bona fide South Texas BBQ fresh every day that will definitely leave your mouth watering and fingers that need to be licked. more

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    Best Seafood: Water Street Seafood Company

    Water Street Seafood Co. is inspired by the culinary arts, however their focus is on the customers. Enjoy the freshest catch in the city at this local pick in the heart of downtown. Each dish is curated with care and flavors that are nothing short of delicious more

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    Best Food Truck: Mise en Place Café

    With food trucks being all the rage right now, it is no surprise that we had a tie for favorite food truck. Mise en Place Mobile Café puts a spin on your typical modern American food with dishes like their Siracha Lime Chicken Salad or the Citrus Glazed Shrimp Kabobs. more

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    Best Food Truck: Taco Bar Street

    Tacobar Street specializes in traditional Mexican cuisine while adding a little Asian twist. Don’t let their mobile location fool you, their authentic eats are top notch. You can find both trucks at various events around town or visit their Facebook pages to scope out their next stop! more

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    Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant: Brewster Street Ice House

    There is so much more to Brewster Street than good food, drinks, and live music. This triple threat establishment also provides fun for the kids! Their massive playground out back is just one way Brewster’s creates a family fun environment. A basketball court, outdoor seating, and plenty of room to run around will all add to an experience worth sharing with the kids. more

  • Best Italian Cuisine: Luciano's

    A calm atmosphere mixed with exquisite cuisine help create this local favorite Italian restaurant. Dating all the way back to the 70s, Luciano’s has been providing Corpus Christi with nothing but the finest dishes with 25 entrees on the menu and a passion for traditional Italian food in their heart. more

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    Best Margarita: La Playa

    These powerful margs, both in flavor and strength, will actually make you feel as though you are laying on the beach. If you are in search for the best margarita in town you undoubtedly will want to head over to La Playa. It also helps that they are only $2.50 during happy hour! more

  • Best Wine List: Vino Mio Social Club

    This wine bar has a vast assortment of wines from all over the world! Whether you’re in the mood for an oaky glass of red or a crisp glass of white, Vino Mio will quench your thirst. Aside from their wide array of wines, they have live music weekly featuring local artists. more

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    Best Coffee: Coffee Waves

    Calling all caffeine enthusiasts: Coffee Waves has the perfect cup of joe for you! If you enjoy iced coffee, their Toddy clod brew can help you with that extra jolt of energy in the mornings. Maybe hot drinks are more your style, if so, their traditional macchiatos (with exceptional latte art) will make you bright eyed and bushy tailed. Regardless of how you take your coffee, Coffee Waves has you covered. more

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    Best Happy Hour: The Post at Lamar Park

    Some refer to The Post as their neighborhood watering hole and we completely agree. Go and enjoy your favorite drinks after that 9 to 5 and disregard all your worries from the day! With great happy hour specials all week, you can’t pick a bad day to unwind here. more

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    Best Burger: Padre Island Burger Co.

    We don’t want none unless it’s Padre Island’s buns, hun. This local favorite dishes out gourmet burgers on the daily that cater to all your burger loving needs. Build your own or pick from the various choices on their menu all while enjoying their laid back atmosphere on the island. more

  • Best Health Foods: Joint Venture

    Over at Joint Venture, they are all about S.O.L. (Sustainable Organic and Local). Sourcing from local Texas farmers, they create some of the freshest food items in town. Their sandwiches are served on home-baked bread and each one is filled full with tasty ingredients that won’t make you regret what you just ate! more

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    Best Date Night: The Post at Lamar Park

    Even though The Post sits inside a rather large building, they were able to create cozy corners with just the right amount of dim lighting and candle light for you on date night. The ambience and mood are perfect for you to enjoy dinner and drinks with that special someone in an intimate setting. more

  • Best Fried Chicken: Pete's Chicken-N-More

    All your fried chicken desires can be fulfilled at your local Pete’s Chicken. Dark meat, white meat, legs, or thighs, Pete’s can satisfy your hunger with any of the items they have to offer. more

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    Best Sushi: Rock & Rolls Sushi Lounge

    While the concept of sushi is creative and unique on its own, Rock & Rolls Sushi Lounge cranks things up a notch. Their menu is broken down into sections like Opening Act and One Hit Wonders which makes ordering all the more fun. Their delicious take on sushi is one for the books! more

  • Best Wings: Wings N More

    Wings & More’s story begins with founder Mark Dennard’s love for chicken wings. That love turned into our community’s favorite stop to eat wings and chicken tenders. Order wings dipped in one of their 11 sauces to choose from and don’t forget those curly fries! more

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    Best Steak: Niko's Steakhouse

    Experience the perks of fine dining without burn- ing a hole through your wallet! Immediately upon arrival the smell of mesquite wood fills your nose and you know you are in for a treat. Niko’s offers savory steaks with all the trimmings. more