Everything’s bigger in Texas, especially our food and drinks. If you’ve been on the hunt for some loaded dishes to try in the Coastal Bend, look no further. With dozens of options to choose from, it was nearly impossible to narrow down, so here’s a list of 10 loaded dishes and drinks to try in the Corpus Christi area.
Mom’s Enchilada Nachos from Loli’s Streatery
A favorite throughout Texas, nachos loaded with tons of toppings always hits the spot. Loli’s Streatery has the perfect fully loaded dish with freshly fried corn and flour tortilla chips, queso blanco, red enchilada sauce, avolantro, chipotle crema, queso fresco, pico de gallo, cilantro, lime and your choice of protein. And if you’re still looking for more, you can add roasted corn or a fried egg on top! Check here for location.
The Exchange’s Colonel Chicken Sandwich
A fully loaded sandwich? Yes, please. One twist from the ordinary is The Exchange’s Colonel Chicken Sandwich, made with a blackened chicken thigh and coated in their secret blend of spices and herbs, topped with creamy corn salsa, waffle fries and Monterey jack cheese. This sandwich is sure to hit the spot. 224 N Mesquite St.
Pizza Fries at Eirini’s Gyros & More
Offering a fun twist to traditional loaded fries, Eirinis’ Gyros & More has a few delicious options to choose from. Fried to a golden crisp and topped with parmesan, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, their Pizza Fries combine two delicious worlds into one flavorful snack. 4360 S. Alameda St.
Wallbanger’s Stuffed Burgers
This local dive is famous for its stuffed burgers, which are handcrafted with two patties and unique toppings found both inside and outside of the patties. We recommend the cheddar and bacon stuffed burger, served with delicious curly fries on the side. Trust us, it’s a mouthful. 4102 S. Staples St.
Mangonada from Mangonadas by MLB
A South Texas favorite for beating the heat, Mangonadas by MLB has quite a variety of sweet and refreshing options to cool off on a summer day. If you’re looking for a mangonada that’s fully loaded, try their Signature Mighty Piña. The dish comes with fresh mango sorbet, chamoyada, mangoes, strawberries, cherries, pineapple, lime and coconut ice cream with fresh pineapple and gummy bears, all stuffed inside a hollowed-out pineapple. Tropical bliss awaits in the form of this option. 1590 N. Shoreline Blvd.
The Super from B&J’s Pizza
If you’re looking for a pizza that’s almost too much to handle, head to B&J’s Pizza and order The Super. This insanely delicious pie comes topped with pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, hamburger, mushrooms, green and black olives, onions, green pepper, jalapenos, pineapple and anchovies. 6335 S. Padre Island Dr. or 6662 S. Staples St.
Ice Cream from Rockin and Rollin
If you want a sweet frozen treat topped with tons of delicious flavors, Rock and Rollin has a ton of recipes to choose from. Each selection comes with all the toppings plus two toppings of your choice. A personal favorite? The Cookie Monster. This order comes with sweat cream rolled ice cream, Oreos and pocky. For my two additional toppings, I like to add cookie dough and M&Ms, truly making a feast of cookie-inspired ice cream. 2033 Airline Rd.
Bloody Mary from Doc’s Seafood and Steaks
If you’re looking for a drink that’s loaded to the brim, head over to Doc’s Seafood for a Grande Bloody Mary. The drink takes a traditional Bloody Mary and tops it with candied pepper bacon, shrimp, a pickle spear, okra, a sweet cherry pepper, pepperoncini and an olive. 13309 S. Padre Island Dr.
Street Corn Cup from Buen Provecho
Corn cups are another South Texas favorite, inherently loaded, to begin with. If you’re looking for a new, delicious option to enjoy, head to Buen Provecho. Their corn cup comes with freshly roasted corn, compound butter, fresh cilantro, cotija cheese and is perfectly seasoned with chili powder. 1715 S. Staples St.
Dokyo Tower from Dokyo Dauntaun
Sushi is another one of those dishes that’s inherently loaded with flavor, though Dokyo Dauntaun takes it up a notch with their Dokyo Tower. This delicious tower comes with sushi rice, spicy tuna, avocado and blue crab, topped with tempura crunch and a side of three special sauces. 424 N. Chaparral St.