La Palmita Tex Mex Cafe: DO NOT EAT HERE!
Food was in abundance at Dickens on the Strand but we wanted to find a sit-down place. We, unfortunately, made the mistake of ordering at La Palmita. We were warned that the food would take 30 minutes. However, we only ordered a burger and taco salad thinking that would make it a bit shorter. We weren't upset until we were the only people in the place without food. We went up to check on our order multiple times and it was never ready. Finally, right before the parade was to start our number was called. Many people were upset here. With only two people working (one taking orders/money and one cooking) I don't know why on earth they wouldn't bring in more help for this huge event.
They were not very concerned with our feelings.
Favorite Dish: The taco salad was fine.....I wouldn't waste your money though.
Joe's Crab Shack: Crabs!!!!
One of a vast chain of Joe's Crab Shack Restaurants, this one has the smell of the sea air as it is right on the beach road. The decor persuades you that this has been around for years, plenty to look at as you enter and wait to be seated. You can also buy various Joe items of clothing, T shirts, the ever popular baseball caps, keyrings etc etc at the small shop near the entrance.
You have to wait to be seated, it is VERY popular.
Favorite Dish: I had to have crab, of course! The seafood is good, no doubt about that, but you have to watch the shrimps. They are doused in this chemical just after they are caught, some regulation or other, which affects the taste. The trouble with shrimps are they are sometimes tasteless, but Joe's makes up for it with a selection of dips and sauces which add to the flavour.
Always reminds me of that song The Love Shack....
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La King's Confectionery: Old Fashioned Ice Cream and Candy Shop
As a child did you ever dream of being locked in a candy store overnight with every sugar coated treat and chocolate confection within arm's reach? This would be that candy store! Not only does La King's Confectionery have cases and cases of the most delectable candy you could want, but it also is equipped with an old-fashioned ice cream counter.
All types of chocolates await you: chocolate covered marshmallows, chocolate creams, chocolate fudge...chocolate,chocolate and more chocolate. Jellybeans in brilliant colors, hard striped candies, soft pastel candies all in individual size or novelty packaging.
The candy counter was crowded with patrons with sizeable sweet tooths, so we quickly got in line with those people wanting to satisfy a craving for something smooth and oh so creamy...a crispy cone topped with a mound of ice cream!
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FUDDRUCKER"S: For The Best Burgers In Town...Any Town
We first discovered Fuddrucker's when our children were young and we were traveling to S. Carolina. Ever since that time, when we see a Fuddrucker's we stop. They serve the juiciest hamburgers we've ever tasted!
This Fuddrucker's was conveniently located near Strand Street where the DICKENS FESTIVAL was held. As usual, the interior had a funky and nostalgic decor (see photo #2). A salad bar held all sorts of toppings and veggies to add to your entree.
If you're looking for good old American cooking and generous size burgers, Fuddrucker's is the place for you!
Favorite Dish: 'da burgers!
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Saltwater Grill: BEST Seafood on the Island
The food is excellent here. You will not go wrong eating here. The atmosphere is great and so is the service. They also do specialty martinis. They have Seafood, Steaks and Chicken. The Big Daddy Gumbo is excellent. Large portions. This is so much better than the usual tourist resturants like Landry's or Gaidos. Saltwater food is fresh. Not frozen. Steaks are tender and flavorful. They don't have to cover the steaks with all the seasonings to flavor it. I try to eat there at least once a week. Desserts are spectacular. You will not go wrong eating here. Promise.
Favorite Dish: Everything here is wonderful. I have had everything on there menu at least once if not several times.
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Sir Lawrence's: Street Vendors Aplenty!
In keeping with the period, street vendors created colorful booths offering all types of foods. Sir Lawrence's had a long line--his reputation must have preceded him!
Turkey Legs, Sausage on a Stick and Sausage in a Bun were some of the foods offered here. The vendors were also in costume and deliveries to these booths were done by wagons pulled by 'street urchins'. I found it amusing seeing all the different ways this Victorian village was created....down to the costumed delivery boys.
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The Spot: Cardiac arrest take me away
Do not go here if you are on a diet. This place is located right on the seafront and seems quite popular with bikers. You go in and order your huge, artey-clogging, heart-disease-inducing, moist, juicy, meatilicious burger, then you make your way over to the salad bar which also tempts the palate with alarmingly large jalapenos. You pile the salad and the chillis on top of you burger then go out onto the terrace and stuff your face until you require a gastric bypass. The burgers here are so delicious and decadent you know you must be dreaming. But you are not.
Favorite Dish: Burgers, burgers, burgers. I also recommend the cheeseburgers.
Fisherman's Wharf: High Price, But Good Quality & Good Views
Located right on the harbor of the Port of Galveston, Fisherman's Wharf is yet another restaurant owned by Landry's Restaurants, Inc. While the prices here are a little on the high side, the quality of food, along with the quality of views, are much better than another Landry's owned restaurant nearby, Willie G's. Restaurant has a great atmosphere, decor is a little over the top in terms of trying to make it seem like an "authentic" seafood joint, but that is sort of Landry's tradition. The selection of food on the menu is incredible, and while seafood is of course the bulk of the cuisine served here, they also have chicken, steak, and pasta dishes as well. The Poboy sandwiches here are really good! Very fresh and a wonderful flavor to them. If the tempurature is not unbearably hot, which it can frequently be, especially in July and August, try and sit on the outside deck area. Great views of the ships and boats passing by in the harbor. Staff is very friendly, and the service is very efficient, although when it is crowded, which is fairly often, there can be a long wait to be seated. The prices are pretty high for Galveston seafood standards, and there are other restaurants on the island that offer the same quality of food for less. But Fisherman's Wharf's location and views are top notch, and can make it a worthwhile place to dine at.
Favorite Dish: Poboys sandwiches! I love Poboys, and they are pretty good here!
Landry's Oyster Bar: Simple Seafood on the Harbor
Landry's Oyster Bar, located on Pier 21 overlooking the harbor of the Port of Galveston, offers some basic seafood meals along with some nice views. Part of the huge chain of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., the establishment has nothing that really stands out, other than having a great outdoor patio area that looks out over the harbor. The food is decent, items such as poboy sandwiches, gumbo, and of course oysters, are served up here. Orders are placed at the counter, and when your meal is ready you go and pick it up, and seat yourself. Definately sit outside on the patio if it is not blazing hot, as it's pleasant to watch the ships and boats pass by as the breeze wafts through. There are better places to get seafood on the island, but for a simple, quick bite to eat, Landry's Oyster Bar is not bad.
Favorite Dish: Turkey Poboy sandwich. The Poboys here are not the best, but they are fresh.
Salsa's: Tex-Mex on the Island, But Nothing Extraordinary
Ok, I have to admit, I am very critical when it comes to Tex-Mex restaurants. Growing up in Texas, I guess it is very natural though with an endless selection of them to choose from. I'll start out by saying there is nothing particularly wrong with Salsa's restaurant, there's just nothing that makes it stand out from any other Mexican place that I have been to. Located right off of the Seawall, it does have some excellent views of the Gulf of Mexico, and their fairly sizeable outdoor patio area is nice to dine on when the weather is nice. The menu though is just so "stereotypical Tex-Mex" it doesn't have anything that I couldn't get around the corner from my home in Houston. Enchiladas, Tacos, Burritos, Tamales; they are all prepared fairly well, and the taste is not too bad. They also have some not-so-Mexican items on the menu, mainly seafood since it is located along the gulf coast! And to be fair, the prices are not bad, and the lunch specials they have are down-right cheap! So all and all, I would say Salsa's is a decent place to get your basic Tex-Mex food while on the island, and at a reasonable price as well. But just don't expect anything out of the ordinary.
Favorite Dish: I would have to say the Fajita Chicken Enchiladas Poblanas. I will eat Fajita seasoned chicken anywhere!!! :)
Gaido's: A Galveston Seafood Tradition!
Serving up fresh Gulf seafood for almost 100 years, Gaido's of Galveston is arguably the most famous restaurant on the island. Proud of their history in Galveston, the restaurant still maintains that old-time seafood kitchen feel, along with a classiness that has kept people coming in for decades. Pictures line the walls of not just the restaurant's history, but showcasing the rich history that Galveston offers. You will usually see people dressed fairly casually dining here, but it is just as easy to see someone walk in wearing a suit or a sunday dress. The menu, well, where do I begin?! Of course, being located just across the street from the Gulf of Mexico, you would expect some pretty fresh seafood here. And you would be correct! Some of the best shrimp, oysters, scallops and red snapper anywhere along the gulf coast can be had here. They also have excellent catfish, some great chicken dishes, and wonderful Filet Mignon. The gumbo here is some of the best in town as well! Add an extensive wine list, and some to die for desserts (if you have room!), and you've got yourself one fantastic seafood restaurant! Can be a littlle on the expensive side, but well woth it if you are as big a fan of seafood as I am!!!
Favorite Dish: Blackened Red Snapper! Fresh, right out of the gulf! Pricey, but well worth it!!!!!
Casey's: Very Good Seafood!
Casual dining. Good seafood. Reasonably priced. We used to take visitors here. It was always a hit.
Favorite Dish: The blackened grilled shrimp is great.
Also like the stuffed shrimp, stuffed crab, and soft-shelled crab when it's in season.
They used to serve a free small dessert with all meals.
Their dinner salad with their house dressing is really good.
Phoenix Restaurant & Bakery: Nice Lunch Spot
Nice cafe with outdoor seating. I usually get a lunch sandwhich/salad/soup combo. Always quite good. Get a cream puff or napolean for dessert. Their cakes are awesome. I used to get them for special occasions. Their pastries are great, too. They also have a decent breakfast.
Favorite Dish: Soup/salad/sandwhich combo plate
all pastries and cakes are great
The chicken salad and seafood salad are really good
Simp's Kitchen: Best Soul Food on the Planet!
Don't let the looks of this place fool you. Simp's Kitchen is a Galveston Landmark. You'll see people lining up early for lunch. It's a favorite of the business lunch crowd. When I lived in Galveston it was a treat to eat at Simps. They had limited air conditioning - and the small radio was always blaring a scratchy gospel station. The staff is friendly and obviously know what they are doing. Everything here is wonderful. Go hungry!
Favorite Dish: The stuffed shrimp is the best I've had. The ox tail is good. Pork chops are good. Fried chicken is lovely. I love the sides: fresh green beans, potato salad, greens, butter beans, cornbread. My mouth is watering. If you don't mind the lack of atmosphere and area real foody - don't miss this place!
Smooth Tony's: Best Smoothies in the World!
Another great local spot. Tony is a super person. You'll find a friendly face and some great food and drink at Smooth Tony's. They only use fresh fruit that is in season. They will make any type of smoothy you can think of - blueberry and cantelope? Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and banana - you name it. They are just wonderful. They also serve a mean burger. They are great. Sometimes for lunch we would get the monster 32 oz smoothy....mmmm - great on a hot Galveston day.
Favorite Dish: Any smoothy - they are all fantastic
Cheeseburgers are great
Chicken sandwhich is great
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