Denny's: Decent Chain Restaurant
$13 as of January 2014. This is one of those diner style Denny's with the typical menu. Service was kinda average. Open 24 hours. Same parking area as the La Quinta.
Favorite Dish: Grilled Tilapia with rice and steamed zucchini and squash with Loaded Baked Potato Soup as an appetizer.
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The Spot: AWESOME BURGERS!
The Spot is a local hangout but can get Super Packed with tourist during the peak seasons. Alot of bikers eat here also. They have the best Burgers in town and you can make them basically just how you like them. You order at the counter then find yourself a seat. The best place to sit is upstairs on the patio. There is 4 bars that are attached to the spot and at nights they are booming! This restaurant has great food, great hospitality, and GREAT VIEWS what else can you ask for?
Favorite Dish: Its all good!
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McAlisters Deli: The Best Sandwiches on the Island
McAlisters is a Deli that is pretty well known in the area. They have a variety of Sandwiches, Soups, and Salads. They also have the worlds best Sweet tea that you can buy by the gallon. McAlisters is on the seawall towards the east end of the island. You can sit inside or outside and there are a few shops in the same strip center. McAlisters is an order and sit down kind of place and the workers will bring you your food. They are ALWAYS very friendly and they really do have some amazing food. My favorite is the Taco Salad! YUMM im hungry just talking about it.
Favorite Dish: The Taco Salad, but then again I have never had anything there I did not like!
Sunflower Bakery: Great Neighborhood Bakery
This bakery and sandwhich shop is located in the heart of a neighborhood just blocks from downtown. It's definitely a local spot. Very friendly. Very relaxing. You may find yourself sitting at a large table with strangers. That's cool. Sit - relax - read the paper - visit.
Favorite Dish: I love all their sandwhiches which are served on their homeade bread. Don't forget a glass of their homeade raspberry lemonade! I'm a fan of their banana bread. But, you can't go wrong with any of their sweets.
El Nopalito: Fantastic Mexican Food
Another great local Mexican food restuarant. Again - the atmosphere is lacking - but who cares with the great food served at this place. Great for lunch or dinner.
Favorite Dish: I like it all. The caldo de rez is awesome. Tacos al carbon are wonderful. You can't go wrong with anything you order here. It's just yummy.
Willie G's: The Price Is WRONG For Seafood!
Willie G's is another on the long list of restaurants within the Landry's Restaurants, Inc. chain. I will start out by saying that the location of this restaurant is nice, with it being right off of the harbor of the Port of Galveston, and it's proximity to all the goings-on of the historic Strand District. And the decor is very pleasant, not a low rent scuzzy place, but you would expect decent surroundings from a Landry's establishment. But this is where it's ends for me as far as positives for this place. The menu is very extensive, but the 2 times that I have dined here, I was not impressed with the quality of food. Of the many different appetizers they have available, I have tried the fried calamari and the shrimp gumbo. The calamari was very tough, almost rubbery, and the gumbo very simply very bland, not a lot of taste to it. They have a wide variety of entrees, items such as numerous fish dishes, lobster, shrimp, chicken, steak, and crawfish. The fried catfish I had here was actually not that bad, but the crawfish etouffee i tried was not good at all. I'm not sure what kind of spices they were using here, but it did not taste anything like the traditional cajun dish I am used to. The wait staff was very nice, but the service was nothing extraordinary, and I had trouble getting a refill on my iced tea more than once. My biggest tift with the restaurant would most certainly be the price. While not the most expensive restaurant in Galveston, I certainly think that for the prices here, you would get a much better quality of food. There are much better places to eat seafood on the island, and many don't charge half the price that Willie G's does.
Favorite Dish: Fried Catfish Fillets. Really the only thing I have enjoyed here though.
Ocean Grill: Best food & Best Views of the Gulf
The Ocean Grill Restaurant, the only restaurant on Galveston Island that actually extends over the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, offers some of the finest, freshest seafood on the Isle, and a glorious atmosphere. Featuring a delicious variety of both grilled and fried recipes, The Ocean Grill also is home to a spacious, full-service bar. Dining is available either inside in air-conditioned comfort, or on the breathtaking outer deck.
Favorite Dish: Anything!!!!
Fisherman's Wharf: Great Atmosphere
We came for an early lunch. It was a beautiful early April day, so we decided to sit outside, where we could watch the boats and the birds. We were right next door to the tall ship Elyssa, one of Galveston's main tourist attractions.
We suspected the portions would be large, so we decided to share the Fisherman's Platter. It was good, not great, but good. And the portions were as huge as we expected. In fact, when the waiter brought the dessert tray around, we were sorry to have to turn down all those beautiful desserts. We promised ourselves we will share an even smaller entree next time, so we can have room for dessert. They all looked wonderful.
We left the restaurant in a very happy frame of mind, satisfied with the food, the view and the service.
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La King Confectionary & Coffee House: Coffees, Confections, Ice Cream - a great combo!
My wife and I were being shown a little bit of Galveston on a cool, breezy day after Christmas. As we strolled The Strand with my sister and brother-in-law, I spied a beautiful espresso machine inside one of the quaint old shops, and decided it was time for a café latté. I discovered La King - a coffee house, ice cream parlor, and candy store - what a great combo!
I must say that was one of the tastiest café lattés I've had ANYWHERE. My sister enjoyed her flavored latté (I forgot what kind) immensely, and Nancy said the brewed coffee was superb. While enjoying our drinks (and warming up) we watched the "Candy Master" at work making saltwater taffy, and looked at the colorful candies and enticing chocolate treats available.
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Fish Tales Seafood Grill: Seafood on the Seawall
I came into Fish Tales while I was waiting for the Mardi Gras parades. The parades were about 30 minutes away but my friend was dramatically hungry. So, we told the waiter we were in a hurry and ordered our food. I ordered a crab cake sandwich, which turned out to be really bad. There were more herbs than crabmeat...and our table was starring at the gulf so I was disappointed.
The service wasn't friendly but they were definitely quick and sufficient. The bathrooms were pleasant, but you had to be a customer to use the facilities. There seemed to be plenty of seating so there was no wait and it was a very busy weekend with Margi Gras and everything.
I wouldn't eat here again, but if there wasn't anywhere else to eat on the seawall then I would come again, just order something easy, like shrimp.
Favorite Dish: My friend's son had some fried shrimp...those looked good? Definitely pass up the crabcakes.
Rainforest Cafe: Rainforest Fun!
If you have kids...it's only fair that you bring them here. It is soooo fun!
When you arrive you will hopefully see a Rainforest Cafe carivan coming to pick you up. It was so nice because it is on a side street that can be busy. The guy waited for us even. The walk won't kill you but on a busy day you might find yourself parking further away.
Before entering the restaurant you will see many carnival-like games set up. Again, these people are smart and know how to get every penny from you or your little ones!
Now, you're dealing with professionals here. They also have a build-a-bear workshop right inside this restaurant. And you better believe you're going to have to wait to be seated even if many tables are empty. Why? Because the longer you wait the more stuff you'll be able to buy. It's true..... Even my mom and I had to wait once and she even ended up purchasing something......two things I think. Hell, even I was about to start buying a build-a-bear or two.
As for the dining room it is chaos. It's loud. Why? Because you're in the rainforest! There are trees and animated animals everywhere. Every 10 minutes the elephants and apes go nutes and every 15 minutes or something like that a true rain shower hits (although you won't get wet).
The food, however, is WONDERFUL.
Helpful hint: If you go to the Galveston Tourist Office before this, or see any of the travel brochure stands...Rainforest Cafe has a coupon for a free appetizer. Pick it up and bring it! There are many choices to pick from and it's about a $10 value!&c*
Favorite Dish: I usually get the pizza because it's wonderful but really, anything is fantastic!
Breakfast is equally wonderful too. Especially the cubed hashbrowns!!
Oh and the signature dessert volcano has an actual sparkler going off when they bring it to you! (That'll set you back at least $10 though).
Gaido's: Ask for anything you want and how you want it
Gaido's has been a family owned seafood restuarant in Galveston since the beginning. They even have a private restuarant Club at the back entrance. Must be a member with two referrals that are members.
No matter though - this place will make you anything you want and any way you want it. Great chefs. They pay for top chefs - and the food is very good.
Favorite Dish: Being able to tell them to change the dish and it comes to the table perfect.
Yagas: do not miss out on the chicken salad
This place is like a easy casual hangout place after the beach. Located on the strand and the crowd gets younger and the night goes on. Yet if you want to catch some awesome salads before 9p.m. stop in and get the chicken salad - has another name for it - comes on huge platter with tomatoes on top, real chicken in it, and enough for the table. Same with the other appetiziers. Would not recommend as a family dinner place. Just the kids would be bored....the adults can order fun drinks and a huge appetizer - skip the menu -
Favorite Dish: The chicken salad appetizer
The Tostito Tortato Monster Mound of Nachos, beans, cheese, jalepenos (huge)
Mario's Ristorante: My Favorite Pizza
Mario's on the seawall is my favorite restaurant in Galveston. I love their pizza! But that's not all it has to offer. It's a local store that is proud to be in Galveston and I always appreciate the loyalty of a restaurant owner. When you walk in the door you see all of its awards, newspaper clippings, and famous people who have eaten at the restaurant.
Be sure to get a table with a view of the beach! Or, if it's cooler weather, sit outdoors and listen to the waves.
Parking across the side street...
(Wifi available now, too!)
Favorite Dish: Other than italian it also offers wonderful seafood, fresh from the bay!
I always get the pepperoni pizza (create your own). I love it! It's my favorite!!
La King's Confectionery: Stop for a Soda or Ice Cream or Frappicino
While we were shopping Shanna wanted to stop for some chocolate. While I was dreaming of eating all the chocolate with no calories, Shanna then snuck off to the ice cream side of the place. While waiting for her I decided to try the coffee shop. Since it felt like 100 degrees I decided to get something cool, since I don't really like ice cream.
Fun place! Great for kids! Has traveling brochures right when you come in if you're looking for your next destination in Galveston/Houston.
Favorite Dish: I had a mocha frappacino. It was good...Not starbucks but that's why they're a different name haha. Shanna had an ice cream cone that was wonderful, she said, as well as some chocolate truffles. If you do buy chocolate be prepared for melting in the summer!
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