For food lovers—I’m looking at you, foodies—Galveston Restaurant Week is like Christmas, the 4th of July and Thanksgiving all rolled into one, big gastronomic celebration.
Scheduled for January 7-22, the sixth annual Galveston.com & Company Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity to explore new dining adventures and visit old haunts while also helping the non-profit Access Care of Coastal Texas. This year, the 34 participating restaurants have pledged to contribute a portion of each meal purchased to the charity that provides nutritional meals for persons with HIV and AIDS.
Participating in this diner’s delight couldn’t be easier. You don’t need any tickets and you can enjoy lunches, breakfasts and brunches priced between $10 to $20 and dinners ($20 to $35) at as many participating restaurants as your waistline can handle. Probably the hardest part about Restaurant Week is deciding where to eat, so here are a few of my favorite menu items at a handful of participating restaurants to help get you started.
It’s hard to walk through the door of this tiny Seawall bistro without trying their signature gumbo, but the grilled or fried tilapia filet served on a Challah roll with cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and tartar sauce is a culinary superstar. It’s absolutely mouthwatering. Go ahead and get yourself a bowl of gumbo while you’re there. You’re welcome in advance!
The menu at this East End eatery is famously diverse, ranging from fresher-than-fresh grilled fish to down home meatloaf. One of my favorites is the Island Slammer. Featuring grilled shrimp, peppered bacon, red leaf lettuce and garlic herb mayo and served on a French baguette, it is a perfect example of Mosquito’s dedication to serving meticulously prepared and unique entrees.
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 in my 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!
Za Za Bar and Bites
Billed as an “Indo Fusion” restaurant, Za Za specializes in traditional Indian cuisine with spices sourced from the Indian Subcontinent and fresh ingredients secured from local suppliers. Their Potato Bhaji is absolutely dreamy, and prepared in the traditional Indian manner with cumin, red pepper and curry leaves and served with mint yogurt and naan. Plus, if the typical heat of an Indian meal is a bit too much, they can turn down the temperature and prepare it mild and leave the seasoning to you.
For more information on Restaurant Week, click over to CelebrateDelicious.com.