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Restaurant Week Spotlight: The Fertitta Magic and Galveston Island

By: Galveston.com | Monday, January 16, 2017

One of the great things about living in Galveston? You may know him as the Billion Dollar Buyer; we know him as Tilman Fertitta - and as a result of his ingenuity and Midas touch, we are fortunate to be able to enjoy luxury hotel properties like The San Luis Hotel, The Villas at The San Luis Resort, Hilton Galveston Island Resort, and Holiday Inn Resort. And lucky for Galveston Restaurant Week? We also get to savor some of Landry's Corporation's most delectable eateries! From family-friendly bistros to themed concepts to fresh Gulf Coast seafood eateries to Italian, you're certain to enjoy every visit! But hurry! Restaurant Week ends January 22, 2017.  

Blake's Bistro
Comfortable and convenient, Blake's Bistro at The San Luis Hotel is the perfect choice for casual dining at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Blake's guest-friendly menus include a delicious breakfast buffet, hot and cold appetizers, refreshing salads, sandwiches and a selection of entrées creatively prepared and artfully presented. You're invited to enjoy their special $25 Restaurant Week dinner menu, a 3-course bonanza that offers faves like Shrimp & Crab Gumbo or an Iceberg Wege, a Pan-Roasted Blackened Snapper or Grilled Chicken Chop, and choice of Coconut or Chocolate Cream Pie.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
The first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant and Market opened in 1996 on Cannery Row in Monterey, California. The company has since grown to include many notable locations throughout the United States and internationally. You won't want to miss Bubba Gump's Galveston located at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier - especially this Restaurant Week! Offering a $20 lunch menu and a 3-course dinner menu for just $30, this is a family-friendly spot that's always a hit! (Hint from Mama - the Shrimp New Orleans rocks!)

FishTales
Break away from the beach and enjoy fresh, wholesome fare on the most popular beachfront balcony on the Seawall in Galveston. Fish Tales specializes in seafood straight from the Gulf of Mexico, as well as pastas, steaks, salads and more. And from now thru January 22nd, you won't wanna miss their Restaurant Week menus - $18 for lunch, and $30 for dinner - where you can savor favorites like Seafood Stuffed Shrimp on French Quarter Capellini Cake or their signature Romano Herb Crusted Mahi. Divine!

Fisherman's Wharf
One of the best seafood restaurants in Galveston, Fisherman's Wharf is renowned for some of the freshest fish and seafood specialties. A Texas-sized establishment, it is the perfect spot to unwind, ideally situated next to the Historic Strand District, the Tall Ship Elissa and Galveston Cruise Terminal. This Restaurant Week, they're offering a special 3-course lunch & dinner menu for $25 per person featuring appetizers like Shrimp Gumbo and Crab Queso; followed with entrees including Crab Stuffed Tilapia, Wharf Fried Seafood Sampler, and their Chicken or Shrimp Scampi Capellini. Finish with either Root Beer Bread Pudding or their Homemade Brownie with Ice Cream. That folks? Is a deal.

Grotto Ristorante
Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in a warm, entertaining atmosphere that will transport you to the cozy setting of a trattoria in the Old Country. With Grotto's winning combination of impeccable service, superb cuisine and unsurpassed passion for detail, it's the perfect location for friends and family to enjoy a fabulous meal and have a great time. For Restaurant Week, Grotto offers a 3-course $35 dinner menu, offering starters like Stuffed Lobster & Crab Conchiglioni Shells and Fritto Misto; as well entrees like the Braised Lamb Shank and Mediterranean Branzino. The Dessert Duet of Tiramisu Bandera Cookie and Petit Strawberry Cheesecake is the perfect ending to this lovely dining experience.

Landry's Seafood
Exceptional seafood. Inviting atmosphere. Superb service. It's a winning combination for Landry's Seafood House, which offers guests a true taste of Gulf Coast tradition. For the 6th annual Galveston Restaurant Week, Landry's is offering a $20 lunch menu and $35 dinner menu, both which feature their sumptious Steak & Shrimp Venezia. 

Rainforest Café
If you’ve never sampled the Rainforest Café experience, there’s no better time than Restaurant Week to stroll inside the erupting volcano and past the menagerie of exotic birds, cascading waterfalls and assorted animatronic creatures on hand to enjoy their rich, tropics-inspired menu lineup. One of the best pfferings from their $25 Dinner Menu in our humble opinion is the Korean Spicy Stir Fry Chicken, made with Korean sauce, Mandarin oranges, peppers, green onions and ridiculously crispy wontons. This should be the template for ALL stir fry! Other fave entrees include Tribal Salmon, Caribbena Coconut Shrimp, and Hickory Chicken. This 3-course menu is one wild adventure you'll wanna attack head-on!

Saltgrass Steak House
At Saltgrass, their pledge is simple. Honor the old legends. While makin' a little history of their own. And makin' history is just what Galveston's Saltgrass has done: by being named Best Steak by Galveston.com voters, AND by offering one of the widest array of steak options this Restaurant Week. Don't fail to rustle up the 6 oz. Wagon Boss Top Sirloin or Tenderloin Tips for lunch ($15). But save room, cause at dinner, the 10 oz. Pat's Ribeye, the 9 oz. Cattleman's Prime Rib, and the Gulf Coast Steak & Shrimp all offer up a rodeo of flavor! ($30)

Willie G's
Take a gastronomical vacation to Willie G's, one of Pier 21's most popular seafood destinations. Offering fresh seafood and steaks in an elegant setting, the experience is one of the Island's most exquisite. In fact, USA Today has heralded Willie G's as "one of the 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in Galveston." You'll see why when you sink your teeth into either of their incredible Restaurant Week menus! Their special $15 Lunch Menu is served Monday thru Friday, and offers an array of "lunch trio platters" featuring options like Chicken Romano, a Trio of Sliders, Blackened Catfish Etouffee, and Tortilla Crusted Tilapia. Then nightly for just $30 per person? Begin with Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Calamari, or a favorite Appetizer Sampler - then continue with entrees ranging from Fruitti Di Mare, Parmesan Shrimp, Redfish Louisianne, Chicken Romano, to Shrimp & Snapper Sugarosa. But save room, 'cause the Chocolate Eruption dessert is nothing short of amazing.

Remember! Participating in Galveston Restaurant Week is easy! There are no passes to buy, no coupons to carry, and no cards to punch, only a quick call to the restaurant of your choice to make reservations; then simply dine out now thru January 22nd! Reservations are strongly recommended to make sure you're able to sample your favorite flavors! The public is invited to experience cuisine that will amplify your palate and highlight the fun of dining on Galveston Island. Quite simply, this culinary tradition promises to "celebrate delicious!" like no other event of the year.  View full list of participating restaurants and their menus here.

Article written by Galveston.com

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