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The island is on the move, as evidenced by new businesses that are capturing the ambiance and excitement of historic downtown Galveston, a veritable treasure chest of culture – from the 19th-century architecture to its museums, galleries and theaters.

On the culinary front, be sure to check out these “New Kids on the Block” that are offering up their flavor to the mix:

Harborside Mercantile
2121 The Strand, Ph: 409-770-0690
Harborside Mercantile is a quaint new restaurant brought to you by Ricky Craig, of Houston's Hubcap Grill, and Joshua Martinez, former Chicken Ranch owner. The new eatery features Southern coastal food, including homestyle Po' boys, muffuletta sandwiches, and seafood platters.

The Mercantile purchases only the freshest local seafood each day, and lets the day's catch show up as specials. And the meats for the Po' boys are smoked on site.

Harborside Mercantile is located across from the new Hendley Green, and in the middle of the downtown shopping district.

Prepare for some of the finest cuisine – and some of the most exceptional customer service – you'll find anywhere. Wine and beer are also available.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday thru Thursday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; and 5p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 11a.m. - 2 p.m.; and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11a.m. - 9 p.m.

ZaZa Bar & Bites
2219 Postoffice St., Ph: 409-497-2740
ZaZa Bar & Bites features "Indo fusion," serving fine, contemporary Indian cuisine with locally-sourced meats and vegetables. Along with meat entrees, ZaZa also offers a great selection of vegan – no meat, dairy, or animal byproducts recipes – as well popular Paleo-friendly offerings.

ZaZa is also quickly becoming famous for its happy hour, featuring a full bar.

Hours of Operation
Weekdays: 4pm - 11pm
Weekends: 4pm - 1am

Ile Petite Bakery and Deli
2108 Church St., Ph: 409-497-4259
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to head over to the newly opened Ile Petite Bakery and Deli, which serves French pastries, hot and cold deli sandwiches, coffees and teas. Their Reuben sandwich and macarons are also the talk of the town.

Other popular offerings include plain and filled croissants, sweet and savory scones, petit fours, decorated sugar cookies and cupcake flavors that change daily.

“We’re glad to be serving the Galveston community,” said Christian Schimming, front manager at Ile Petite. “We’re bringing the flavor of France with an American twist.”

Hours of Operation
Tuesday thru Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Article written by Robert Stanton - Isle Guy