"Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first." If that is your philosophy, you're in for a treat, or plenty of them to be more precise. Corpus Christi has more than enough restaurants and bakeries to satisfy your sweet tooth. We've put together a list of five of our favorite dessert destinations so you can head right out to get your sugar fix.
The owners of Bella Luna Pizzeria and Briella Bella Babycakes teamed up to create this gourmet café featuring exquisite pastries and baked goods. Typical freshly-made offerings include chocolate sea salt caramel cake, cannolis and coconut cream pie. Cupcakes come in inventive flavors like snickerdoodle and strawberry lemonade. For those who bother eating a meal first, they serve a full menu for both breakfast and lunch. Note to parents: their ingenious kids' connection area keeps them occupied with educational videos so you can relax and enjoy your food.
Visiting this cozy, pleasantly kitschy delicatessen is like eating in Grandma's kitchen. The menu is full of comfort food favorites like meatloaf and chicken pot pie along with contemporary dishes such as a spice-rubbed ahi sandwich. You'll have a hard time making only one selection from the dessert case with options like cookies, bread pudding, cupcakes and European-style pastries.
High school sweethearts Jason and Hester Rodriguez realized their dream of opening their own restaurant with this charming café. Jason is a chef and Hester is a baker, so the menu includes fresh, made-to-order sandwiches and salads as well as an extensive list of pastries and baked goods. On any given day their showcase may hold mouthwatering choices like Texas Turbo brownies, cranberry-orange muffins and German chocolate cheesecake. They have additional locations in Six Points and at the Art Museum.
Do you prefer desserts on the healthier side? La Frutera offers a delicious selection of smoothies, milkshakes and fruit cups that provide nutrition along with flavor. Try a strawberry or kiwi smoothie made from yogurt or have some protein powder added. Dress up your fruit cup with honey, coconut or granola toppings. Most fruits are also available as freshly-squeezed juices. Save time by pre-ordering online for carry-out.
What would a dessert listing be without ice cream, that all-American treat? Scoopy's was opened as an addition to the popular seafood restaurant Snoopy's Pier. Enjoy a hand-dipped cone or other decadent treats like Tres Leches cake or brownie ice cream cupcake. Your dessert is even tastier when it's eaten overlooking the scenic waterfront views from the deck.
Baked goods or ice cream? Where do you stand on the great dessert debate? Cast your vote in the comments!