Galveston, Texas Restaurants and Dining

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To be born on the island often means more than knowing its greatest hidden gems; for many natives, it also means following in their families’ footsteps by running some of the city’s best restaurants and caring for guests the way only generations of family can.

Italian-born patriarch Tony Smecca—a Sicilian raised on a coastline half a world away from the Texas island where he eventually settled with his wife and sons in 1973—sadly passed away in December 2015. But the beloved restaurateur, who first made his mark with Mario’s Seawall Italian Restaurant, instilled his passion for hospitality in his sons, Johnny and Joey Smecca.

Meanwhile, Tony Lavoi, a native of Palermo, Italy, is often credited with the creation of the muffaletta in New Orleans, circa 1906, but it’s his grandnephew Rosario Maceo who’s responsible for bringing the sandwich to Galveston when he founded Maceo Spice and Import Company in 1944. Maceo’s granddaughter Concetta still runs the place today, where, she says, the classic Italian sandwich continues to dominate the lunchtime menu. “We are known for our muffalettas; our muffaletta is probably the best anybody has had,” Concetta promises. “We take pride in food and flavor.”

Elsewhere, the Kriticos brothers, Tikie and Larry, may be first-generation Greek-Americans, born and raised in Galveston, but they’re second-gen restaurateurs. Whether at their original Olympia Grill on the Seawall or its second location at Pier 21, the Kriticos brothers follow in the footsteps of their father and uncle’s own Galveston restaurants, in whose kitchens they were raised.

From the Blogs

Seven Amazing Things You Need To Do in Galveston this Spring

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018

Whether you’re paddling along tranquil coastal channels, playing in an indoor waterpark, or indulging in some first-rate dining, you’ll find many reasons to visit Galveston this spring. Read more.

What to do Before or After My Cruise?

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018

Check out this video and blog pairing to help you navigate Galveston's frequently asked questions. Read more.

10 Reasons You Should Get On Island Time in Galveston

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It's hard to narrow it down to only 10 things, but here's are the 10 reasons you should get on Island Time! Read more.

Get a Taste of Downtown Galveston

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Galveston’s 70-block historic downtown is a veritable treasure chest of culture Read more.

Healthy Eating & Island Cuisine Go Hand in Hand

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018

Just like there are so many guilty pleasures on the island, there are also some pretty healthy spots too! Read more.

Galveston Restaurant Review: Hubcap Grill & Cocktail Bar

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Heavens to Betsy! Sometimes you just need some red meat in the fashion of a good ol’ burger. When you get that hankering, and your tummy rumbles you won’t be disappointed by the selections and tastes at Hubcap Grill. Read more.

Galveston Restaurant Review: Galvez Bar & Grill

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Galvez Bar & Grill is perhaps most notably known for its Sunday brunch, but that is another review in and of itself. For this endeavor, we chose a late afternoon dinner. Read more.

Galveston Restaurant Review: Mosquito Cafe

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day, and Mosquito Café takes it to heart. Read more.

Why Do Snowbirds Love Galveston So Much?

Published: Monday, November 27, 2017

Is it the warmer island temperatures? The wonderful holiday traditions? Take a look at why so many choose Galveston as their winter getaway! Read more. TV Streaming Apps Now Offer Live & On-Demand Content

Published: Saturday, November 25, 2017

The travel channel is now available in the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Apple TV devices; the Amazon App Store for Amazon Fire devices; Google Play for Android devices, and soon to Roku Streaming TV & Media Players. Read more. Video
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