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Apr 5, 2011 11:08 PM

Good eats in Galveston, TX ?

Im traveling to galveston next month for my job and im wondering where are some good places to get my grub on. I've read some reviews on yelp and ive found two places so far - shrimp n stuff ( i think thats what its called ) and Yamatos japanese sound fabulous to me.

love me some per diem LOL

stay hungry my friends.........

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    Gumbo Bar. I haven't been to the one in Galveston but went to their new location in League City and it's very good.

    1. Shrimp n stuff is casual, pay as you order, mostly fried seafood. Which is why I like it! :) It is also mostly locals that eat there, not tourists. I haven't been to Yamatos, but Sky Bar has good sushi. Try Press Box for sports and good bar food. The Spot is super popular with Islanders and visitors for burgers and beer and a vast deck overlooking the Gulf. One of my favorite places on the Island (and I spend a lot of time there) is Mario's Seawall Italian way on the east end, about 5th Street. Good pizza. Skip the buffett and order from the menu. Have fun! And let us know what you liked and didn't like!

      Press Box
      2401 Post Office St, Galveston, TX 77550

      Mario's Seawall Italian Restaurant
      628 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550

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      1. re: Lambowner

        I enjoy Benno's on the Seawall and Mosquito Cafe. Had a beverage at the Gumbo Bar prior to a show at the Opera House. They were packed and everyone was enjoying their meal. Have heard good things about Paco and Rudys.

        1. re: Lambowner

          +1 Mario's. Galveston really has lots more tourist food than great food, but Mario's ispretty reliable.

        2. For island style fine dining I highly recommend 901 Postoffice. They are only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. Probably the best restaurant on the island these days.

          In the east end I would also suggest Mosquito Cafe, and Sunflower Bakery. Both are great places with food that is not the usual.

          Second The Press Box if you are looking for basic pub grub. PB tends to be our island Cheers.

          Press Box
          2401 Post Office St, Galveston, TX 77550

          The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe
          512 14th St, Galveston, TX 77550

          1. Also, Adam R Jr., keep in mind that most of the eating establishments on the Island are owned by the Landry Corporation. As such, it is mostly mediocre, high priced, resort food. I will say though, that I had a delicious red fish at Fisherman's Warf not too long ago, which is one of the many Landry establishments. The restaurants mentioned here so far are not Landry places.

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            1. re: Lambowner

              See also,


              @Swamp, is the Palm M&M still there? I don't recall seeing it.

              1. re: Lambowner

                I don't think the Palm M&M ever came back after Ike, but I could be wrong.

                1. re: zorra

                  Never been here but did a little research online this morning.

                  Apparently, another restaurant called M&M has reopened in that space but doesn't have anything to do with your old favorite as the owner/chef of The Palm M&M is now the chef at Yaga's on The Strand.

                  LINK, (Top Story):


                2. re: Lambowner

                  Palms M&M did not return after Ike, but it has been reopened by new owners at just M&M. I have not been so I can't speak to food quality etc.

              2. As the Cookie girl said Benno's is good and casual. I like the fried oysters, grilled oysters, and the Cajun crabs. The crabs take some time to eat, so if time is an issue I wouldn't order them. They may also have crawfish this time of year, I had them once, they were quite large, but I didn't care for the seasoning. Mario's does a pretty good pizza, and sometimes I get one to go on the way back from fishing. A place not swamed by tourists is Clary's, to your right just off the causeway. I haven't been since it was trashed by Ike, maybe the storm was a small blessing as the decor was pretty worn. Across the ferry in Crystal Beach is Stingaree, a good place for crabs, their specialty. The ferry can be tricky, with a twenty minute to two hour wait. Avoid the ferry on weekends.

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                1. re: James Cristinian

                  I was just in Clary's not that long ago. The decor is decidedly still not the reason to go. The food was outstanding, just as it's always been since Mr. Clary left the Pelican Club several decades ago and went into business for himself.

                  You're right that not many tourists know about this place. It's very old school. And Clary himself is still there, slightly more stooped these days, but still overseeing everything.

                  He's my hero.