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Restaurant Week Spotlight: The Fertitta Magic and Galveston Island

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One of the great things about living in Galveston? You may know him as the Billion Dollar Buyer; You may know him as the new owner of the Houston Rockets; it's the man, the myth, the legend: Tilman Fertitta - and as a result of his ingenuity and Midas touch, we are fortunate to be able to enjoy luxury hotel properties like The San Luis Hotel, The Villas at The San Luis Resort, Hilton Galveston Island Resort, and Holiday Inn Resort. And luckily for Galveston Restaurant Week? We also get to savor some of Landry's Corporation's most delectable eateries! From family-friendly bistros with themed concepts to fresh Gulf Coast seafood eateries to Italian, you're certain to enjoy every visit! But hurry! Restaurant Week ends January 21, 2018.  

 

Blake's Bistro
Comfortable and convenient, Blake's Bistro at The San Luis Hotel is the perfect choice for casual dining at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Blake's guest-friendly menus include a delicious breakfast buffet, hot and cold appetizers, refreshing salads, sandwiches and a selection of entrées creatively prepared and artfully presented. You're invited to enjoy their special $25 Restaurant Week dinner menu, a 3-course bonanza that offers favorites like Roasted Chicken Tortilla Soup or a Texas Butter Bibb Wedge, a Pan-Roasted Blackened Snapper or Smoked Baby Back Ribs, and choice of Cast Iron Baked Macadamia Nut Bread Pudding or Vanilla Icebox Cheesecake.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
The first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant and Market opened in 1996 on Cannery Row in Monterey, California. The company has since grown to include many notable locations throughout the United States and internationally. You won't want to miss Bubba Gump's Galveston located at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier - especially this Restaurant Week! Offering a $20 lunch menu and a 3-course dinner menu for just $30, this is a family-friendly spot that's always a hit! (Hint from Mama - the Shrimp New Orleans rocks!)

FishTales
Break away from the beach and enjoy fresh, wholesome fare on the most popular beachfront balcony on the Seawall in Galveston. FishTales specializes in seafood straight from the Gulf of Mexico, as well as pasta, steaks, salads and more. And from now thru January 21st, you won't want to miss their Restaurant Week menus - $17 for lunch, and $25 for dinner - where you can savor favorites like Bourbon Street Pasta or the decadent Fish Tacos. Divine!

Fisherman's Wharf
One of the best seafood restaurants in Galveston, Fisherman's Wharf is renowned for some of the freshest fish and seafood specialties. A Texas-sized establishment, it is the perfect spot to unwind, ideally situated next to the Historic Strand District, the Tall Ship Elissa and Galveston Cruise Terminal. This Restaurant Week, they're offering a special 3-course lunch & dinner menu for $27 per person featuring appetizers like Shrimp Gumbo and Blackened Shrimp Queso; followed with entrees including Crab Stuffed Tilapia, Wharf Fried Seafood Sampler, and their Chicken or Shrimp Scampi Capellini. Finish with either Root Beer Bread Pudding or their Homemade Brownie with Ice Cream. That folks? Is a deal.

Grotto Ristorante
Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in a warm, entertaining atmosphere that will transport you to the cozy setting of a trattoria in the Old Country. With Grotto's winning combination of impeccable service, superb cuisine and an unsurpassed passion for detail, it's the perfect location for friends and family to enjoy a fabulous meal and have a great time. For Restaurant Week, Grotto offers a 3-course $35 dinner menu, offering starters like fresh Tomato Bisque or a Panzanella Salad; as well entrees like the Pan Roasted Red Snapper and Baked Rigatoni. The Dessert Duet of Salted Caramel Fig Gelato and the House Tiramisu is the perfect ending to this lovely dining experience.

Landry's Seafood
Exceptional seafood. Inviting atmosphere. Superb service. It's a winning combination for Landry's Seafood House, which offers guests a true taste of Gulf Coast tradition. For the 6th annual Galveston Restaurant Week, Landry's is offering a $20 lunch menu and $35 dinner menu, both which feature their sumptuous Steak & Shrimp Venezia. 

Rainforest Café
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 offerings from their $25 Dinner Menu in our humble opinion is the Bolivian Tilapia & Shrimp with roasted red potatoes, sautéed red onions, red quinoa, spinach, anticuchera sauce and citrus beurre blanc! Other favorite entrees include Lomo Saltado, Caribbean Coconut Shrimp, and Hickory Chicken. This 3-course menu is one wild adventure you'll want to attack head-on!

Saltgrass Steak House
At Saltgrass, their pledge is simple. Honor the old legends. While makin' a little history of their own. And makin' history is just what Galveston's Saltgrass has done: by being named one of the Best Steaks by Galveston.com voters, AND by offering one of the widest array of steak options this Restaurant Week. Don't fail to rustle up the 6 oz. Wagon Boss Top Sirloin or Tenderloin Tips for lunch ($15). But save room, cause at dinner, the 10 oz. New York Strip, the 14 oz Double Bone Pork Chop, and the 8 oz Prime Rib all offer up a rodeo of flavor! ($30)

Willie G's
Take a gastronomical vacation to Willie G's, one of Pier 21's most popular seafood destinations. Offering fresh seafood and steaks in an elegant setting, the experience is one of the Island's most exquisite. In fact, USA Today has heralded Willie G's as "one of the 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in Galveston." You'll see why when you sink your teeth into either of their incredible Restaurant Week menus! Their special $15 Lunch Menu is served Monday thru Friday and offers an array of "lunch trio platters" featuring options like Chicken Romano, a Trio of Sliders, Blackened Catfish Etouffee, and Tortilla Crusted Tilapia. Then nightly for just $30 per person? Begin with Shrimp Cocktail or a favorite Appetizer Sampler - then continue with entrees ranging from Fruitti Di Mare, Parmesan Shrimp, Redfish Louisianne, Chicken Romano, to Shrimp & Snapper Sugarosa. But save room, 'cause the Chocolate Eruption dessert is nothing short of amazing.

Remember! Participating in Galveston Restaurant Week is easy! There are no passes to buy, no coupons to carry, and no cards to punch, only a quick call to the restaurant of your choice to make reservations; then simply dine out now thru January 21st! Reservations are strongly recommended to make sure you're able to sample your favorite flavors! The public is invited to experience cuisine that will amplify your palate and highlight the fun of dining on Galveston Island. Quite simply, this culinary tradition promises to "celebrate delicious!" like no other event of the year.  View the full list of participating restaurants and their menus here.

Article written by Clayton Kolavo

Clayton is the Engagement Strategist for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, overseeing the bureau's social media presence and engagement initiatives. He began working in the tourism industry following his graduation from Texas State University with a BS in Public Relations and Mass Communication.

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