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    Best Brunch: Hester's Cafe

    Brunch is served at the Shoreline location on Saturdays, beginning at 10, and every day all day at both other locations. Don’t forget to grab a coffee or a mimosa! You’ll leave feeling better than when you came, that’s a promise! more

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    Best Cocktail: The Post at Lamar Park

    Their craft cocktail menu features both those traditional and classic drinks, along with some innovative and fun drinks that will impress even the most renowned cocktail connoisseur. more

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    Best Food Truck: Taco Bar Street

    Your favorite Mexican dishes on wheels! An old-school taco truck with brand new ideas, TacoBar Street is everywhere you want to be. more

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    Best Seafood: Water Street Seafood Company

    Serving the freshest in gulf seafood with a coastal ambiance all its own, Water Street Seafood Co., there’s nothing fishy here. A real local standby featuring raw oysters and mesquite-grilled gulf catches, with daily chalkboard specials. more

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    Best Ice Cream: Hamlin Pharmacy & Fountain

    Pull out that Poodle Skirt and pop into Hamlin's Fountain for the best soda around! Opened in 1960, this 50s inspired old fashioned soda fountain carries the yummiest and most delicious cheeseburgers... more

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    Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant: Brewster Street Ice House

    Who says that you can't have stellar food in a fun and casual environment? From healthy seafood to comfort-fried shrimp and tasty burgers, Brewster Street Icehouse doesn't just have food, it has some of the best family-time venue around. And every Wednesday night, from 5pm to close, kids eat free! more

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    Best Bakery: Hester's Cafe

    Owners Jason and Hester Rodriguez are high school sweethearts who love to share their passion for family, service and most of all, cooking! Jason is a chef but Hester is the baker... more

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    Best Margarita: Mole'

    Mole is the real deal. The Montes family has brought the Coastal Bend some custom and unique margaritas. more

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    Best BBQ: Hoegemeyer's BBQ Barn

    From rail-to-road transfer house to smokin’ BBQ restaurant, Hoegemeyer’s in Corpus Christi’s industrial port is helping reinvent downtown and reinvent the BBQ scene. more

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    Best Coffee Shop: Coffee Waves

    Sip. Sit. Surf. That’s the motto at Coffee Waves, where the lovers of coffee go. Drink it hot, drink it cold, sip straight up or sip something with a little more spunk. more

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    Best Bar: Executive Surf Club

    Let your hair down at “the most reliable post-work happy hour” spot in Corpus Christi since 1990.Belly up to the bar with your buds and suds – they are known for supplying the most beer on tap in the city. more

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    Best Pizza: B&J's Pizza

    A local favorite since the 70’s, B&J’s is ranked 53rd in the Top 100 Independent Pizza Joints in America. It doesn’t stop there. They pride themselves on offering the best specialty and imported beers in South Texas. more

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    Best Happy Hour: The Post at Lamar Park

    Their craft cocktail menu features both those traditional and classic drinks, along with some innovative and fun drinks that will impress even the most renowned cocktail connoisseur. more

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    Best Burger: Hamlin Pharmacy & Fountain

    Pull out that Poodle Skirt and pop into Hamlin's Fountain for the best soda around! Opened in 1960, this 50s inspired old fashioned soda fountain carries the yummiest and most delicious cheeseburgers... more

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    Best Sushi: Aka Sushi Downtown

    Enjoy some of the most creative and delicious sushi in South Texas at Aka Downtown in Corpus Christi. Chef Boyd, a local legend, was given creative control to create a new menu full of unique tastes and exceptional quality. more

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    Best Steak: The Republic of Texas

    Experience the ultimate in tenderness, juiciness and flavor in the finest USDA Prime beef served inside the top steak houses in the country at the Republic of Texas Steak House. more

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    Best Date Night: Mama Mia's

    With an excellent staff and exquisite cuisine, it’s no wonder this long-standing Italian restaurant remains a crowd favorite. Intimate and quaint, you’re part of the family. more

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