Galveston...any place worth eating?
I have to travel to Houston occasionally and try to hit up new restaurants. Last time went to Underbelly and it was fantastic. Spending the weekend in Galveston. Any recommendations?
I haven't been in a while, but there is a soul food restaurant called Simp's near the Federal Courthouse that is nothing short of amazing. The two or three times I've eaten there is was extremely good. In fact, I'd go out of my way to eat there again.
2602 Ball St
Galveston, TX 77550-2130
FYI, Simp's is no longer on the island. They have relocated to La Marque on Highway 3. Great soul food.
Yes, 901 is closed but all is not lost. The inspiration that was 901 is Steve Griffith and he now has a new restaurant at Beachtown on the island's east end. It is the Porch Cafe and it is fantastic. Porch Cafe has great small plates, I very much enjoyed the "Porch Devils", chilled deviled eggs topped with chunks of lobster, capers and fresh greens. Absolutely fantastic. I also enjoyed the Bloody Mary ceviche and the shrimp pate. Porch also features some great entrees.
I highly recommend this new addition to the island's dining scene.
1625 East Beach Drive
Thursday - Saturday, Dinner only
Sunday Brunch, 9 -3
I'll throw in the Gumbo Bar and Shrimp n Stuff, a local hangout. I would suggest Benno's for stellar fried Cajun crabs, but the wait on a weekend will be long and the crabs are delicious when done right, not always the case. You can call ahead for availability and advance ordering.
While I love the outside deck at The Spot Fall, Winter, and Spring, I've seen an entire cheeseburger carried off by flies in the summer only to be hijacked by a gang of seagulls. Dine inside or sweat and swat flies.
I agree with most of the suggestions posted, with the exception of Benno's, but then I have always been the odd one out on that one as most people love it. Interestingly I have had their catering at many events and find it to be some of the best, but the restaurant, not so much.
I failed to mention in my previous post that I recently had a fantastic meal at the venerable Gaido's. I know people like to say it is not the same as years past, and that may be true. However simply because something is not exactly like it was 50 years ago does not make it bad. We had calamari that was simply the best I have ever had, not the usual fried rubber bands from most places. The red snapper was sublime and their famous grilled shrimp just as good as ever. My friends from upstate New York had been entertained the night before at one of Houston's better known restaurants and stated Gaido's was much better. I certainly would not write it off, and now that they accept reservations via My Table one can avoid the common hour plus wait.
A nice 45 minute scenic roadie follows the Gulf west along Seawall Blvd. to the Red Snapper Inn in Surfside. We usually go for po boys with extra fish, shrimp, and oysters by the piece, plus home fries, more like potato chips cooked to order, crispy for the wife, slightly soggy for me. There is a much more adventurous menu than po boys featuring fresh Gulf seafood. There is a two dollar toll bridge both ways at San Luis Pass, but the Gulf meeting Galveston Bay is worth it, plus as you go west toward Surfside, the Gulf is right next to the road thanks to many storms, especially Ike which took out a huge chunk of the highway.
re: James Cristinian
We made it over to Red Snapper Inn and ordered the Greek style grilled oysters appetizer (a chalk board special) and several red snapper dishes, stuffed shrimp, and a fried oyster/shrimp combo. All of it was well cooked, and well priced (about $18 for the snapper dishes, which come with salads and veg, rice or potato). Note the sign in the outer enclosed and air-conditioned patio that asks parties of 5 or more to send one person in to announce arrival and the rest to wait on the patio until a table can be set up. We missed it and it is their crowd control effort. Once you enter the dining room, you are IN the dining room with no space for standing about. No reservations accepted.
Anyway, we thoroughly enjoyed the meal and thanks for the rec, James Cristinian!
We just returned from a week in Galveston and had some remarkable meals.
Lunch at Olympia Grill - more for the view than the food. A huge cruise ship turned itself around in front of us. Lunch at Benno's - the Cajun crabs were succulent and the pound (?) of potatoes that came with them were good for breakfast for the rest of the week. Lunch at Mosquito Cafe - fresh healthy food, most welcome after days of having everything fried.
Dinner at Rudy and Paco's - the food is sublime and the service is synchronized without being stuffy. The calamari were some of the best we've ever had, lightly crunchy and some how sweet and sour. Dinner at Porch Cafe - we enjoyed six little plates, the butter bean hummus was inspired, but the peach cobbler was disappointing. The cafe is light and airy but became noisy as the interior filled up.
Thanks for all the tips found on this site - we're looking forward to our return!