Table Talk: What's New in the Coastal Bend Food and Drink World

Table Talk: What’s New in the Coastal Bend Food & Drink World this December

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

Photo by Rachel Benavides

In our monthly Table Talk series, we gather local food and drink news into one place for your convenience. From bar and restaurant openings to exciting new offerings from local coffee retailers, here’s what we’ve got our eyes on in the Coastal Bend food and drink scene this month.

Italian Cowboy Food & Provisions is Now Offering Spirits

The Rockport favorite Italian package store has extended its offerings to include a spirits boutique with a variety of spirits, mixers, cocktail accessories and anything else needed to celebrate the art of aperitivo. Since its inception, the store has focused on its unique wine and specialty food offerings, but with the addition of the spirits boutique, customers can purchase all components necessary for a true Italian culinary experience at home.  2615 TX-35 BUS N

Hi-Ho Restaurant Re-Opens After a Tragic Fire 

The beloved, Corpus Christi mainstay for Mexican cuisine recently experienced a tragic fire and had to close for repairs. In only 11 days and just in time for the holidays, they are back in business serving up your favorite (according to The Locals’ List 2023 results) breakfast taco in town! 3703 Morgan Ave.

Insomnia Cookies opens in Corpus Christi
Photo via Insomnia Cookies

Insomnia Cookies Opens in Corpus Christi 

The late-night, sugar-coma-inducing bakery taking the nation by storm is now open in Corpus Christi! Drop in for a warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven cookie, ice cream sandwich or a cookie cake for a crowd. Opened from 11- 3 a.m., stop by any time you need a sweet treat that’s crunchy on the outside with a perfect, warm, gooey center. 7514 S Padre Island Dr


Tannins wine bar and tapas restaurant is expanding to the south side
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Tannins Wine Bar & Grill is Coming to the South Side

The wine bar and tapas restaurant you know and love is expanding to the South Side. The new concept will still feature the sangria, wine and beer lists and small bites with expanded offerings to include a more expansive food menu and creative cocktails. It plans to open in early 2024, but in the meantime,  check out the winter sangria and other newly launched seasonal cocktails at the Alameda location. 7629 S. Staples 


Bien Merite is now offering dinner service with classic french fare
Photo via Bien Merite

Bien Merite Is Now Offering Dinner

The French bakery with the infamous flower wall, pink interiors and legendary pastries is extending its reach to dinner. Much like its breakfast and lunch menu, patrons can enjoy classic French fare, including but not limited to salad nicoise, moules marinières, le burger au brie, ratatouille and of course, decadent desserts. Dinner service will be Thursday through Sunday from 6 – 10 p.m. starting Friday, Dec. 1. Reservations are recommended! 1336 S. Staples 

El Camino, a new Water Street Company restaurant, is set to open in Corpus Christi.
Photo via El Camino

El Camino is Officially Opened for Business 

The much-anticipated opening of the newest downtown hotspot, El Camino, is here! The full dining room and menu are still under wraps, but the taco bar and late-nights menu filled with Texmex favorites like chile con queso, quesadillas and a variety of tacos are available now on the Chaparral entrance side of Watestreet Market. Both indoor and outdoor bars are fully operational with $26 pitcher margaritas, agua frescas, signature cocktails and margs. Stop by during their soft-opening hours from Tuesday through Thursday from 5 – 10 p.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. 314 N. Chaparral

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