Archive for July, 2012

Review: Wendy’s Store #2869 (Drive Through)



Wendy’s Store #2869

4123 South Staples

Corpus Christi, TX 78411

(361) 854-5771

Hours:  Mon – Sun 10:00 am – 12:00 am

 

 

Wendy’s and I have had an on again off again relationship for years based on the tendency of the local franchise locations to be very hit or miss when it comes to quality, service and cleanliness of their restaurants.  I’ve had some of the best fast food at some Wendy’s locations, and then I’ve had some of the absolute worst, in terms of service and quality.  At one point I didn’t go for years after getting the worst chicken sandwich I’ve ever been served at a Wendy’s location (not this one, I got that at Wendy’s Store #3248, 45012 Ayers).  It so happens though that the good has generally brought me back because when Wendy’s is good, it’s usually very good and there is a location that isn’t far from the house which comes in handy when I just want to drive through and grab something to take back to the house as was the case on this occasion.

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Review: Domino’s Pizza (Delivery)

Domino’s Pizza Store 6752

3812B S Staples

Corpus Christi, TX 78412

(361) 814-4040

Hours:  Sun -Thurs 11:00 am – 12:00 am

Fri – Sat 11:00 am – 1:00 am

Domino’s Pizza is my family’s current favorite for delivery pizza and has been for about six months or so now, beating out the previous favorite, Papa John’s Pizza.  It’s been my general experience that most fast food style delivery pizza is pretty much all created equal, and one being preferred over another has more to do with coupons and small variations in flavor than anything really different.  The other difference being the service that individual locations provide.  In the past I have stopped ordering entire brands of pizza after receiving abysmal service from the location that was servicing the area in which I resided (I’m looking at you Papa John’s Pizza Store #2249 in Flour Bluff).  The ongoing upgrade and some new products introduced by Domino’s recently have pulled things in Domino’s favor, at least as far as trying things out. (more…)


Review: La Playa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

La Playa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

4201 South Padre Island Drive

Corpus Christi, TX 78411

(361)853-4248

Hours:  Mon – Sun, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

To my knowledge, there are at three restaurants that are actually labeled as “La Playa” in the Corpus Christi area, and at least one other that basically has the same menu.  Ironically, one of the locations that is actually labeled as a La Playa has a very different menu from the other two, well relatively speaking for Tex-Mex food that is.  It wouldn’t be truthful to pretend that I don’t already have some very set opinions about all these locations having eaten at them all repeatedly over the last several years for a variety of reasons.  By and large, my opinion is generally favorable overall, but that is the past.  This is focused on my visit recently to the location on South Padre Island Drive near Weber Road. (more…)


Review: Nolan’s Original Poorboys (Takeout)

Nolan’s Original Poorboys (Takeout)

2330 Airline Road

(361) 985-2697

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday,
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Nolan’s Original Poorboys is an interesting situation.  The Nolan’s Restaurant on Weber Road and hasn’t been open in years and years was one of my grandfather’s favorite restaurants and I had many a meal there growing up, and fell in love with their signature poorboy in the process.  After years of not having any locations close by, this smaller, less full service restaurant more casual dining venue opened nearby, bring back many of the classic flavors from my childhood, including the aforementioned poorboy.  Needless to say a very exciting prospect for me.  On this occasion though, I didn’t actually feel like getting out and going inside for a sit down meal, although I have in the past.  On this occasion I decided to call in a to go order and use their pickup drive through window.  (more…)


Review: Catfish Charlie’s

Catfish Charlie’s

5830 McArdle Road, Ste. 12

Corpus Christi, TX 78412

(361) 993-0363

Hours:  Sun – Tues, 11:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m.

Wed & Thurs, 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Fri & Sat, 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Catfish Charlie’s has been a popular local eating spot for thirty years, although historically not one of my personal favorites.  It is heavy on, yep, you guessed it, fried catfish, along with other fried seafood, mainly shrimp, plus a little southern homestyle like chicken fried steak and some Louisiana style dishes like red beans and rice with ham.  It’s always been the focus on seafood that has kept it from being a personal favorite in the past.  I am not a big seafood fan, largely because of how badly it’s usually handled in restaurants (I’m looking at you Red Lobster).  Ironically, Catfish Charlie’s has become one of my little girl’s favorite places.  She loves the catfish and fried shrimp.  Go figure.  Anyway, it was her wishes that found her and I at Catfish Charlie’s in that kind of quiet period that is too late for lunch and too early for dinner, accompanied by my parents, whom she had talked into going with a cute little song about her love for the place.  (more…)