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Galveston's Best Barbecue

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Galveston is home to a lot of cool eateries, including some of the best barbecue spots in the Lone Star State. Here’s a few that you definitely won’t want to miss when you visit the Island!

Leon's World Finest In & Out BBQ House
5427 Broadway
Leon O'Neal has been pit-cooking barbecue the old-fashioned Texan way for over 11 years at his original location at 55th Street and Broadway.

The exquisite homemade sauce, the key ingredient to any good barbecue, is exclusively made by either Leon himself or his son, Gregory. This is the secret that keeps bringing the locals back, time and time again!

Family owned and operated, Leon's features homemade food that's good and fresh, because they know "good cooking" from years of experience.

If you are looking for that real Texas treat and a delight to remember on this visit to Galveston, don't miss out on Leon's Bar-B-Q.

You can eat in or take it out to fit your schedule, or order online at or by fax. Visit for lunch or dinner, or call in and order to go. No party or event is too big or too small for Leon's staff to cater.

Hours of Operation
Sunday thru Thursday: 9am - 7:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am - 8:30pm

Queens Bar-B-Que
3428 Ave. S
Family-owned and operated, Queen's has been serving up oak and pecan-smoked favorites since 1976.

And it's experience like that that explains why you can count on some of the best barbecued beef, ribs, links, smoked turkey and ham, Texas-Style chili, and mouth-watering, finger-lickin' fixin's anywhere in the Southwest!

Here’s what cashier Denise McCorkle told me:

“We’re not the typical barbecue place. We have a special recipe for our sauces we’ve had for 50 years. All of our food is cooked daily and we smoke everything here on the premises.

“The food is fresh, it’s delicious and the service is wonderful. Owners Sandy and Don Kerzee have been in business for 50 years, so they know what they’re doing.”

They're located at 35th Street and Avenue S, just one short block from the Seawall – and convenient from anywhere in Galveston.

Phone orders are welcome and if you'd like them to bring the party to your house, they'd be pleased to talk to you about Queen's Catering Plans.

Queens Bar-B-Que is winner of the ‘Best Barbecue” in the 2015 Best of Galveston Awards.

Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Galveston Bar-B-Que With A Touch of Soul
2612 Market St.
If you’re in the market for some bona fide Texas ribs, brisket, links and chicken, then look no further than Galveston Bar-B-Que With A Touch of Soul. The sandwiches and plates are out of this world!

And be sure to check out the weekend specials – gumbo and chili and spaghetti.

Here’s what owner James Collins told me:

“My family has been in the barbecue business here for 50 years off and on. I just came back in 2013 and reopened Galveston Bar-B-Que to continue my uncle’s legacy. My late uncle’s name is W.C. Collins.

“He taught me as a child when I was 8 years old, and he raised me in the barbecue business. I used to stand on wooden soda water crates just to look over in the pits to turn over the meat. He taught me how to tie meats, how to cut meat, and how to season it.

This is Galveston Bar-B-Que, home of the homemade links. If you want a homemade link, come to Galveston Bar-B-Que

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Thursday: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
Sunday: Closed

Article written by Robert Stanton - Isle Guy

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