Corpus Christi, Texas

I recently spent some time in Corpus Christi, it was a great week, filled with meeting new people and catching up with old friends. While most of the trip was all work, I was able to check out a few activites and eat at some amazing restaurants. 

Most people with kids traveling to Corpus make it to the aquarium and the USS Lexington. If your kids love water and animals, I recommend hitting those spots too. We explored something different and went on the Pirate Adventure Cruise – The Red Dragon. While this is located in Port Aransas, it is a fairly short drive or you can always ride the ferry. This cruise was definetely a highlight for me. The crew was phenominal. They dressed like pirates, had accents like pirates, and told hilarious jokes. They also made it very enticing for the kids! All the kids on the cruise got to participate in a treasure hunt, sword fighting challenge, and a water gun fight. They do have a bar on the ship for adults interested in adult beverages. We went at sunset and the weather was perfect! You can’t beat watching a sun set on open water. The dolphins we saw just made the cruise that much better. 

My co-worker, Taylor and I, got to try some of the local restaurants in the area. Shout out to my friend who came in clutch with the best restaurant recommendations!

B&J’s Pizza Restaurant, this place makes the best pizza. Granted, most people that go to Corpus want seafood, but if you are looking for something different. This is the place to be. This restaurant served craft beer before craft beer became a thing. I will admit, I was a little hestitant walking up to this place, but don’t let the looks deceive you. The pizza is tasty. 

Water Street Oyster Bar – honestly, there are no words to describe how great this place is. We arrived around 5:30, the restaurant was already on a wait, and the bar was hopping. They had half price oysters and sushi rolls during happy hour. The spinach artichoke dip was exquisite. I am not the biggest seafood eater, so I went with the Ribeye special with bacon wrapped shrimp. Simply divine. 

Executive Surf Club – this is a must see spot. You can’t beat a surf board for a table and an open mic night. Every night they have something different going on ranging from game night to live music. The vibes and atmosphere were exactly what I needed for my last night in Corpus plus, the food was really good too. 

While I am sure there are a lot of other great places in Corpus to eat, these are definitely going to be on my list to revisit next time.

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Pocket’s Grille – Smithville, Texas

One of my favorite things about traveling is going through small towns, looking at all the downtown areas, and maybe hitting up some of the local restaurants. I am very blessed to be able to live in one of the coolest small towns I know. Smithville, TX. Mattie and I decided to stop at one of our favorite places in Smithville after school one day.

Pocket’s Grille

This was one of the very first restaurants that I ate at once we moved over to this area. It just has a down-to-earth feel to it. This restaurant is on the corner of 71 and 95, a few streets from the downtown area. One of the cool things about this restaurant is that it has memorabilia from quite a bit of the different movies that have been shot in Smithville. Yes! Believe it or not, there are quite a few!

Of course, they have something from Hope’s Float! Ladies, if you have never seen the movie and are in for a good cry, definitely one to add to the bucket list.

Our favorite meal there is the Chicken Club Tacos (I do not think this is the exact name but they are very easy to find on the menu). Crispy chicken sliced up with lettuce, pico, and bacon. It is served with Chips and your choice of salsa, queso, or guacamole. We also go for the queso!

You have to get there early for dessert. They have this chocolate cake that is to die for! The last time we went they were out, which is a blessing for me!

They also have an outdoor setting and a playground where the kids can play. I have come here on afternoons working outside while waiting for Mattie to get out of school. Very peaceful and relaxing.

Next time you are driving through Smithville, make a stop at Pocket’s Grille!

Where are some of your favorite small town places to eat at?

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