Istanbul Native Is Coming to Galveston
Looking for Mexican, Tex-Mex, Barbecue and traditional Texas cooking. She won't be interested in Mediterranean food for obvious reasons.
Did Galveston's restaurant scene make a recovery from Ike?
Where would you send a native Turk to showcase Galveston?
There've been some good threads on Galveston; I presume you've searched.
Clary's has reopened. My top choices would involved leaving the island, however - Topwater Grill in San Leon and Floyd's in Webster over Clary's or Gaido's. Is she confined to the island?
Also, check out Gilhooley's in San Leon (write up by John T. Edge on serious eats:)
Landry's Inc owns a lot of Galveston - Joe's Crab Shack, Landry's, Salt Water Steakhouse. The only Landry's places I would go would be Willie G's on Harborside or the Steakhouse at the San Luis Resort, said to be good though I've never been.
Only BBQ I know of is Leon's In and Out on Broadway (I-45) at 55th or so. I haven't been in years.
The Bronco burrito is said to be an island specialty. 2 eggs, refritos, bacon, chorizo, potatos and cheese on an oversized tortilla for $3 last time I had one. Invented by the Donut Shop on 45 around 45th there are other versions around town, including La Estacion. Good way to start the day.
She might also check out Stingaree on Bolivar. Let's face it, the Texas coast ain't very scenic and I'm sure the desolation of the peninsula is even worse since Ike but this is a fun experience.
There are websites for all the above except Gilhooley's and the two burrito places I think.
For Mexican the only place I've been is the Original Mexican Cafe on 14th?, one of the oldest Mexican restaurants in Texas, over 90 years old now, mentioned in Robb Walsh's Tex-Mex book. Again, I haven't been in years and I think they have a new owner. There are lots of taquerias but I've never tried any of them.
I have family that lives in Galveston, and the Original Mexican Cafe is where they've been going. Maybe not for 90 years, but for a good 60. I haven't been in a while, but they say it's still the best. And it's got great ambiance for a visitor to see to get an idea of American entrepreneurship - i.e., open a restaurant in your living room while you and the family live upstairs.
Most likely, nobody lives upstairs anymore, but it's still interesting to see and to think about how this restaurant, and many others, got its start.
I drive the 25 miles to Galveston for seafood only. We usually like Gaido's. The last time we went, about a year ago or a little less, they weren't quite back up to par but I imagine they are by now.
Clary's was popular at one time but I don't know if they've reopened or not. It is seafood also.