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Jun 3, 2010 07:49 PM

Good Local Seafood in Galveston-Houston Area?

Someone MUST know where to get REAL Gulf seafood around Houston, or even better Galveston. We love the beach, and waterfronts, but have been so disappointed by the terrible food offerings of Kemah Boardwalk and some of the Galveston establishments. We fantasize about fresh seafood, served preferably in a casual enviroment with cold beer...
Help? Anyone????

Monument Inn Restaurant
4406 Independence Pkwy S, La Porte, TX 77571

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  1. I'm not a fan of the Kemah Boardwalk restaurants either. Landry's owns them all now. At one time Babin's was excellent but after Landry's bought them they are just average. If you're in Kemah, go to T-Bone Tom's and do not leave without trying the armadillo eggs. They are wonderful. I haven't eaten seafood there but the food I've had has been decent.

    Try Floyd's -

    Or Monument Inn -
    The oysters are usually very good at Monument Inn. If you want shrimp, get the "Pan Fried Shrimp". They are the best.

    Mardi Gras Grill is really good too.

    If frog legs is on your list, try Al-T's in Winnie.

    If it's Galveston, I'd suggest Clary's but call before you make a trip there. Their hours vary.

    A lot of people love Top Water Grill in San Leon. I'm not a fan of their food but I love to go watch the pelicans and Monk's parakeets. The food is not bad, it's just not that great either. Lots of people disagree with me on that.

    Mardi Gras Grill
    1200 Durham, Houston, TX 77007

    Monument Inn Restaurant
    4406 Independence Pkwy S, La Porte, TX 77571

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    1. re: texasredtop

      Thank you! I will put these on my list and certainly report back. Every so often we see some special on the food or travel channel where a fisherman brings fresh stuff right off the boat and into a restaurant. I feel so jealous that I can never seem to find the same experience in our city of awesomeness. We tried Stingaree's on Boliver. It looked so authentic, but was quite awful. Maybe it was a bad day . . .

      1. re: lissak2

        Please report back with your opinions. I haven't been to Top Water Grill since it reopened after Ike. I hope the food is better. So many people rave about it but I just don't find it better than average.

        There is also Clifton's in Bacliff. I haven't been there but have friends that love it.

    2. I tied to go to the Kemah Boardwalk just once; never got close enough to find a parking place and knew I was in the wrong place. Never been to Clary's but always heard (mostly) positive things. I haven't been to Top Water since before Ike either but I did find it better than Gaido's. Of course there's Gillhooley's Raw Bar in San Leon, too.

      I haven't seen it mentioned in a long time here but there used to be lots of raves here about Tampico Seafood and Cocina on Airline across from Canino's, especially the Snapper a la Plancha. Again, I haven't been in a couple of years. It's been named best seafood in the city by some but maybe there's a reason the mentions have dropped off??

      Tampico Seafood & Restaurant
      2115 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009

      1. Both have been mentioned on this board before, but I've had good experiences at Gilhooley's (San Leon) and The Cajun Greek (Galveston). Gilhooleys is more of an oyster bar/homestyle restaurant than a full-on seafood place, but their grilled oysters are awesome and cheap, and their raw oysters are cheap and good when in season. Cajun Greek is on 61st street and does basic fried and grilled seafood plates. It can be busy and slow, but I've always been happy with the food there.

        Gilhooley's Restaurant
        222 9th St, Dickinson, TX 77539

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        1. re: benjym

          Cajun Greek Seafood was fabulous! We tried it last weekend. We had the fried shrimp platter and the catfish platter. Both really well done and humungo! We also saw boiled shrimp, crab, and crawfish being eaten. I can't testify to the "localness" of the seafood though. I didn't ask where it came from.

          1. re: sarvey

            I believe, Cajun Greek Seafood gets their seafood from the Greek fish monger located near the harbor. I love to get seafood there myself as well. Good, fresh product and reasonable prices.

            1. re: stwilhelm

              I am definately trying that and seeking the fishmonger out. nothing better than super fresh fish.

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