Let’s be honest here. Who hasn’t at least thought about the idea of eating dessert before your dinner? Just as I suspected; I’m not the only one who’s actually made the dessert-before-dinner play.
There are more than a couple of restaurants and eateries around Galveston that serve up desserts so sugary, powdery and dreamy that asking to see the dessert menu before dinner is perfectly understandable. Let’s take a look at some amazing confections at some favorite spots on the island.
Gaido’s Pecan Crunch (3828 Seawall Blvd.)
Sitting down at the table at Gaido’s is practically a rite of passage for any self-respecting Texan. While seafood is what put Gaido’s—which dates back to 1911—on the map, its Pecan Crunch is the stuff of legend as well. Covered with nearly enough Central Texas pecans to fill the trunk of your car, this is the dessert you just have to try after you’ve put away that magnificent Stuffed Flounder. Served warm with bourbon sauce, it’s even more delicious—if that’s possible—when enjoyed with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Rudy & Paco’s Bread Pudding (2028 Post Office)
The bread pudding at this establishment located next to the Grand 1894 Opera House is one of those things whose wonderfulness is difficult to describe to the uninitiated. It has to be sampled to be believed. Certainly the bourbon sauce plays a huge role in orchestrating the concert of flavors that goes on in your mouth when trying this absolutely decadent dessert, and topping it with ice cream only heightens the euphoria.
Shearn’s Seafood & Prime Steaks’ Chocolate Soufflé (7 Hope Blvd.; Moody Gardens)
If you’re going to do a proper soufflé, it’s advisable to go with a classic French recipe, and according to Moody Gardens’ Sara Brown, that’s exactly why the soufflé at this eatery located on the premises of the iconic Moody Gardens resort is so good even a Parisian would have to show it plenty of love.
“While baking, the soufflé rises straight up and is very elegant. To finish, we use special Valrhona French chocolate and Godiva chocolate liqueur that is poured into the soufflé tableside,” Brown said. “It’s a wonderful way top off a meal.” You think?
Sunflower Bakery’s Key Lime Tart (512 14th St.)
Tarts are one of those desserts that pack a lot of flavor into a small package, and this restaurant/bakery that’s one of the island’s favorite breakfast spots certainly lives by that philosophy. Creamy and rich with an immensely flavorful citrus kick and a Graham cracker crust that’s so good it might make you say “no” when your spouse asks to have a bite, this little tart comes with a taste as big as the gulf.
Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream (2120 Post Office)
While some people are born to be doctors, climb mountains or write novels, Mike Bouvier was born to make ice cream. The Boston native moved to Galveston four years ago and for the past two years has been dazzling the taste buds of his loyal customers with his shop’s dizzying array of flavors made with all natural ingredients.
“I make my ice cream with passion. I love to create and come up with new things and see my customers’ faces light up,” Bouvier said.
Whether its traditional vanilla, chocolate or strawberry selections, or exotic creations like honey jalapeno or chocolate chipotle, this shop is where local aficionados of the art of ice cream come to worship.