What's New in the Corpus Christi Food & Drink Scene this April

Table Talk: What’s New in the Coastal Bend Food and Drink Scene this April

From restaurant openings to exciting new offerings at local establishments, here's what we've got our eyes on in the Corpus Christi food and drink scene this month.

Jefe's Street Taco & More, a popular food truck in Corpus Christi, Texas, is opening a brick and mortar location this month.

Jefe's Street Taco & More, a popular food truck in Corpus Christi, Texas, is opening a brick and mortar location this month. | Photo by Rachel Benavides

In our monthly Table Talk series, we gather food and drink news into one place for your convenience. From restaurant openings and closures to new offerings at local establishments, here’s what we’ve got our eyes on in the Corpus Christi food and drink scene this month.

Jefe’s Street Tacos & More Opens Permanent Location

 Jefe’s Street Tacos & More began serving delicious street tacos and loaded fries to the Coastal Bend community six years ago. Now, the popular local food truck is setting up shop inside its first brick and mortar location, with plans to open next Tuesday, Apr. 9. In a Facebook post shared on Mar. 6, the owner Sammy Silva said, “It’s been six years since we opened our little food trailer and we have endured our share of obstacles and hurdles, however with the support of all our loyal and awesome customers we have survived every hardship we have come across making us the establishment we are today.”

From the street tacos to the corn cup, Jefe’s menu packs a flavorful punch. Crowd favorites include the quesi-taco–which takes two corn tortillas and stuffs them with your choice of meat, cilantro, onion and cheese–and the torta–a freshly baked bolio that gets toasted and stuffed with your choice of meat, onion, cilantro, avocado and mayo. The restaurant is located next to The Barn Drive-Thru at 4301 S. Alameda Ste. B.

New Menu Items at Elizabeth’s

The lamb burger is a new menu item at Elizabeth's at the Art Museum in Corpus Christi Texas.
Photo provided by Elizabeth’s at the Art Museum

Elizabeth’s at the Art Museum released several new menu items. Among the additions are a lamb burger complete with perfectly toasted buns from Central Kitchen and a side of sweet potato fries. The Presto, a seasonal flatbread, combines basil pesto, juicy cherry tomatoes, peppery arugula, creamy mozzarella and savory prosciutto with a drizzle of balsamic reduction to top it all off. From the “Cold Bar,” the shrimp escabeche adds poached shrimp, a spicy citrus vinaigrette, dill and julienne peppers to the plate. The brunch menu also features a blueberry mascarpone seasonal toast. Plus, new patio coverings make sitting outside and enjoying the water views even better!

New Hi-Fi Vinyl Listening Bar Opening Soon

With DJ and producer El Dusty at the helm, OK- HI-FI–a vinyl listening bar opening soon in downtown Corpus Christi–is sure to be a success. Though few details have been officially announced, the new bar will help spotlight the vinyl DJ scene and hold a unique vibe unlike any other space in town. The drink menu will include beer, wine and craft cocktails. Keep an eye on the bar’s Instagram page for details on its opening.

Bien Mérité Shares Visuals of New Location

A rendering of Bien Mérité's new location in Cprpus Christi, Texas.
Rendering via Bien Mérité

Last spring, the French bakery and restaurant Bien Mérité announced its pending move to the historic Dobson Building. In an interview with The Bend in the fall of 2023, owner Michelle Fraedrick Alafghani shared that the new location will feature everything you’ve come to know and love about the local cafe — pink boxes and all. But, with the ability to intentionally design every detail and build out a dream space, Bien Mérite will take on a whole new level of dining, including a fine dining dinner concept with French fare.

The local restaurant shared its first rendering of the new space in a Facebook post stating its goal of opening this summer or fall. The rendering showcases additions of fresh greenery, an updated paint job complete with its signature pink color, window shades and a second-floor balcony. Those interested in enjoying Bien’s French-focused dinner don’t have to wait for the new building–stop by the current location Thursday through Saturday when it’s open until 9 p.m. with a full dinner and cocktail menu.

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