Editors Leah Johnston and Illiana Moreno ventured to downtown Corpus Christi and Port Aransas to check out local eateries. They narrowed their picks to these top 4 dine-ins to help you find that perfect place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner.

HARRISON’S LANDING TAVERN ON THE BAY

This restaurant is a little different than others because it’s a boat floating on the water. But, don’t let that scare you away. 

With an amazing ocean view and all the seafood a person could ever want it’s the perfect place to stop at after your visit to McGee Beach. You can make your trip here a quick stop with a drink from the bar and a snack or sit down and enjoy some fried shrimp. 

One thing that really struck me was how environmentally friendly the restaurant is: They have bamboo straws and the to-go boxes are eco-friendly. 

If you are feeling a little warm after your beach trip and need a somewhere to cool off, snack and relax, this is the place for you. 

IRIE’S ISLAND FOOD

Iries Island Food, in Port Aransas, puts an Asian fusion twist on seafood. 

There are a variety of food options such as shrimp or crab spring rolls and garlic, ginger butter shrimp. The tacos are popular dishes with an authentic bean and cheese to a Dragon Taco with pork, pineapple pico, and topped with Iries’ special Dragon Sauce. Prices range from $2-$15. 

The seating is minimal inside and out, but the family-owned restaurant still gives off a cozy atmosphere. Orders are taken at the register and delivered to tables. Customers can opt for a to-go order, as well.

The restaurant is open 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, but Iries has been known to close early if food supply runs for the day. 

Make sure to grab your lunch or dinner before it is sold out.

LUCY’S SNACKBAR

Lucy’s Snackbar, in downtown Corpus Christi, is the perfect morning hotspot after a night of partying. Late snoozers will benefit from this shop as well. 

The cozy coffee shop is open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Drink choices consist of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, beer and wine. Most drinks stay at a reasonable price of under $5. 

A small variety of food options are offered such as yogurt bowls and toast with soft-boiled eggs. Prices for food range from $7-$12. 

The indoor and outdoor seating provides a spacious setting for customers to enjoy. There are no servers, but orders are taken at the register and drinks are made in front of you. 

The drinks and food are available as to-go orders, so stop by before heading to the beach. 

MESQUITE STREET PIZZA CO.  

From the moment we walked in the server and rest of the staff were friendly and made our experience great. The food was good too, and even though it was made fresh the wait didn’t seem that long. 

They have plenty of deals for spring breakers. On Wednesdays they have $1 pizza slices from 6:30-9 p.m., as well as daily lunch specials. 

They have live music most nights, open mic on Thursday, and a few days out of the month they have a comedy show. The restaurant is small, but it doesn’t feel stuffy, it has a mom-and-pop type feel that makes it inviting. 

They have options for everyone with their menu — pizza, pasta and burgers. This restaurant is a great place to visit on a night out with friends, it has a lot going on, and there is for sure to be something fun happening when you visit.  

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