What's New in the Coastal Bend Food and Drink Scene This Month

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

From bar and restaurant openings to new blends from local coffee roasters, here's what we've got our eyes on in the Coastal Bend food and drink scene this month.

A new Nicaragua roast from Driftwood Coffee Company in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Photo via Driftwood Coffee Company

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 new blends from local coffee roasters, here’s what we’ve got our eyes on in the Coastal Bend food and drink scene this month.

Driftwood Coffee Company Releases New Blend

Local roasters and coffee shop Driftwood Coffee Company just released its newest single-origin blend. The Nicaragua makes a deliciously smooth cup of joe with tasting notes such as milk chocolate, butterscotch and various spices. The new blend will be used for Driftwood’s drip and espresso drinks all week and is available for purchase now. While you’re there, don’t forget to try one of the fall menu items or even sign up for the monthly coffee subscription to drink a variety of Driftwood’s blends at home.

The Mariner in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Photo via The Mariner

The Mariner Serves Up Craft Cocktails and Tapas

Located on the upper deck of Harrison’s Landing, The Mariner is quickly becoming the talk of the town thanks to its specialty cocktails and mouth-watering tapas. With little-to-no signage and its only entrance located inside Harrison’s boutique and gift shop, The Mariner is certainly reminiscent of a speakeasy. Once inside, you’ll find a cozy atmosphere with nautical touches, a friendly staff and seating options both inside and out. You really can’t go wrong with ordering anything from the menu, but our current favorites include the housemade focaccia bread and jam, the chicken croquettes and any of the oyster options. Paired with innovative cocktails and marina views, this is the perfect date night spot.

JB’s German Bakery Up for Sale

In a Facebook post made this week, JB’s German Restaurant and Bakery’s owners Juergen and Brigitte Kazenmayer announced the beloved local eatery is now up for sale. “We have made the heart-wrenching decision to sell JB’s German Restaurant and Bakery. As entrepreneurs who have poured our passion, time and dedication into building our lifelong dream, letting go is an emotional experience,” the caption stated. Due to ongoing health issues, the Kazenmayers decided it was no longer possible for them to run the small business themselves. The couple’s goal is to sell the restaurant and return to Germany to focus on their health. “The sale of the restaurant and bakery becomes a bittersweet necessity; and a painful farewell to something that has been a labor of love for the past 12 years,” the caption continued.

Locals flocked to the comment section of the post to share cherished memories and condolences, and more than anything, express immense gratitude to Juergen and Brigitte Kazenmayer for the culture, flavors and hospitality JB’s has provided the community over the years. Though the restaurant currently remains open, the owners hope to soon find an interested buyer willing to continue the legacy.

Cruzy’s Set to Re-Open Under New Ownership

Now with a (slightly) different name and new ownership, Cruzy’s will soon re-open as a bar and grill joint. Focusing on modern American bar favorites such as burgers and fries, the former taco-focused restaurant will serve a wider selection of food options and craft cocktails. Fans of the original Cruzy’s will be happy to know the menu will still include a few tacos. In addition to the new menu items, Cruzy’s aims to curate the perfect atmosphere for sports enthusiasts to catch a game and share camaraderie.

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

Water Street Restaurants’ Newest Venture, El Camino, Soon to Open

The Lomax family has been opening and operating great local restaurants in Corpus Christi since 1983. Today, its delicious lineup includes Water Street Oyster Bar, Executive Surf Club, The Sushi Room, Elizabeth’s at the Art Museum and Central Kitchen. The newest addition comes in the form of a Tex-Mex restaurant, El Camino Comida and Bar, which is set to open later this year. Housed in the former Water Street Seafood Company building in the Water Street Market, El Camino’s menu will include flavorful tacos, a late-night menu available from 10 p.m. to midnight and more. This Friday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m., the public is invited to stop by the outdoor garden and bar area for a special pop-up experience.

City of Corpus Christi Gas Department Launches New Cooking Series

The City of Corpus Christi’s Gas Department launched a new cooking show this week, Coastal Cocina. Hosted by the City of Corpus Christi’s Marketing Manager Cecilia Orozco, the series will spotlight different local chefs, share new recipes, discuss kitchen safety practices and more. Airing every Wednesday, the slated chefs include Matthew Axtell with Champs Meat Market and Crabcakes & Caviar Catering, Robert Chan with Global Dinner Table and Sophia and Joe Anguiano with USS Chefs. The first episode, which is available to watch now, features Chef Crystal Castillo from Del Mar College’s Continuing Education Program and her recipe for Tarte Flambée.
Looking for more food and drink-related stories? Check out our profile on Gabriela’s, a new fine-dining establishment in Rockport.