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Olympia Grill at Pier 21

Galveston.com's Alicia Cahill pays a visit to one of the Galveston's finest restaurants, Olympia Grill at Pier 21.

Posted by Galveston.com on Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Galveston's New Golden Age of Dining

Ever the port city, Galveston has recently welcomed a new breed of chefs determined to make the island into a fine dining destination - chefs with worldly backgrounds and impressive pedigrees to match the exciting food at five of Galveston’s best restaurants.

Nicaraguan native Paco Vargas has a boisterous, affable personality that matches the appealing food he serves at his restaurant, Rudy & Paco, which plays off both the abundance of fresh Gulf seafood and his Central American heritage. Ditch the flip-flops and dress up a bit when you head downtown to Rudy & Paco for Vargas’s signature ceviche made with local red snapper and his empanada stuffed with Gulf shrimp and served with a creamy cilantro sauce.

Meanwhile, Texas native Robbin Murphy employs techniques and recipes he learned right here at home—as well as those picked up during stints in Colorado and Florida - at Shearn’s, the classic steakhouse atop the Moody Gardens Hotel. Take in the view from the 9th floor while you dine on Murphy’s signature shrimp Dejong served in a decadent casserole topped with garlicand- sherry breadcrumbs and a silky lobster bisque.

Elsewhere, creative young chefs like Chris Loftis and Ross Warhol are shaking things up at Number 13 and Gaido’s, while warhorse chef Phil Bouzo is using his decades of experience to ensure The Steakhouse at the San Luis Resort remains an island favorite. 

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