The cooler weather is starting to make its way through the Coastal Bend; what better way to enjoy it than with a warm, delicious bowl or caldo or menudo.
For those not experienced in Mexican cuisine, both dishes are stews.
Caldo is broth mixed with a type of meat and vegetables. Chicken or beef are commonly used, but people can use shrimp or fish as well. Vegetables usually consist of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, onions and celery. Think of it as a Mexican chicken soup.
Also known as the “Breakfast of Champions,” menudo is not for those with a weak stomach. This Mexican delicacy includes broth, hominy, lime, onions, cilantro, chili peppers, seasoning and beef tripe, otherwise known as cow stomach. Menudo can take as many as seven hours to cook, but is a popular dish amongst families in South Texas.
While there are countless Mexican restaurants in Corpus Christi that serve caldo and menudo, we shortened that list to highlight 12 top places. Be sure to check them out during the cool weather if you haven’t already.
1133 Airline Road
Aside from menudo and caldo, check out some other appetizers from the taqueria. Try the Acapulco Fries that consist of french fries covered in Acapulco’s enchilada sauce, cheese and carne asada.
Contact: 361-994-7274, facebook.com/TaqueriaAcapulco1CC
Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
CANCUN MEXICAN RESTAURANT
4252 South Alameda St., 6314 Yorktown Blvd.
With two locations on opposite sides of town, you should be able to pick up some delicious menudo or caldo for the cool weather. While there, pick up some dessert such as Cancun’s pecan ball that is vanilla ice cream topped with pecans, whipped cream and a cherry.
Contact: 361-334-2097 (Alameda), 361-986-8622
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at both locations.
EDDIE’S RESTAURANT & BAKERY
4810 Kostoryz Road
Eddie’s has been a staple in Corpus Christi for over four decades and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Try Eddie’s Plate next time you go pick up some menudo or caldo; it comes with your choice of beef or chicken fajitas, two enchiladas and one crispy taco.
Contact: 361-852-7281, facebook.com/EddiesRestaurantBakery
Hours: 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
EL POTRO TAQUERIA
1401 Rodd Field Road
Have a party coming up soon? Reach out to El Potro to have the restaurant cater your event. Make sure to try El Potro’s new mango chicken which has chicken breast topped with mango salsa and served with rice, broccoli and grilled vegetables.
Contact: 361-986-1052, elpotro.cc
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.
EL RINCONCITO RESTAURANT
4013 Prescott St.
El Rinconcito, or the Little Corner, is hidden in central Corpus Christi, providing delicious Mexican and seafood. Are you an adventurous foodie? Try the octopus and shrimp cocktail when you’re ordering your bowl of menudo or caldo.
Contact: 361-851-8020, facebook.com/elrinconsitorestaurantsince1994
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
EL SOL DE MEXICO
5250 Everhart Road, 3511 South Staples St.
El Sol de Mexico has two locations in Corpus Christi and both serve breakfast all day. Try the Taco Bomba which includes eggs, carne asada, potatoes, bacon, ham, cheese, ground beef, beans, chorizo, sausage and barbacoa.
Contact: 361-500-4493 (Everhart), 361-723-0574, elsoldemexico.us
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays at both locations.
HERMANOS SOLIS MEXICAN RESTAURANT
3514 Baldwin Blvd., 470 Old Robstown Road, 5409 Leopard St.
Hermanos Solis opened its doors in 1997 and has been satisfying customers with their menudo, caldo and other Mexican food dishes. Each restaurant also has daily lunch specials including porkchop ranchero, pollo en mole and fideo con pollo.
Contact: 361-882-5557 (Baldwin), 361-881-8805 (Old Robstown), 361-299-1717 (Leopard)
Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at the Baldwin and Old Robstown locations. 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Leopard location.
3703 Morgan Ave.
Hi-Ho Restaurant has been at the same location for over 40 years serving customers, including the Queen of Tejano, Selena. The Mexican restaurant serves classic dishes including tripas, enchiladas, tacos and chalupas.
Hours: 5 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday through Saturday; 5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
5514 Everhart Road
When you think of a local Mexican food restaurant, your mind automatically goes to Kiko’s. Having served customers for over 40 years, Kiko’s also offers catering services for events.
Contact: 361-991-1211, kikosmexicanfood.com
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
LA RIBERA MEXICAN & SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
1602 Morgan Ave.
Located in central Corpus Christi, La Ribera’s caldo is served with fish and shrimp instead of the more common chicken or beef. Still apprehensive about dining in public places? La Ribera offers to-go orders.
Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
MEXICO LINDO TAQUERIA
6601 Everhart Road
Tucked away on Corpus Christi’s Southside, Mexico Lindo not only offers menudo and caldo, but 25 lunch and dinner plate options. Some of the items include soft tacos, burritos, flautas and carne guisada.
Contact: 361-853-4422, taqueriamexicolindo1.com
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
SANTA ROSA MEXICAN FOOD RESTAURANT
2722 South Staples St.
Hidden in ongoing construction in central Corpus Christi, Santa Rosa specializes in Tex-Mex food. Try the restaurant’s Texas Plate which includes two cheese enchiladas, carne guisada, guacamole, rice, beans and tortillas.
Contact: 361-853-3388, santarosarestaurant.us
Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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