The chance to consume heaps of fresh seafood is a given in Galveston. But the island’s restaurant and beverage scene is also surging with array of new foodie delights, from steak houses and taco stands to coffee bars and daiquiri shacks, giving visitors plenty of mouthwatering options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
One of the most buzzed about entries is celeb chef Ricky Craig’s hoppin’ burger joint Hubcap Grill, which serves a rebrand of the landmark Harborside Mercantile. While Harborside Mercantile was widely praised for their delicious seafood options, fans of Craig’s creations continued to request Hubcap Grill’s signature burgers, which come loaded with all the fixin’s along with fresh chuck beef, homemade toasted buns, a special mayo sauce, twice-fried, fresh cut fries and more.
Tex-Mex may not technically be the official food of the Lone Star State, but Taquilo’s Tex-Mex Cantina could convince you otherwise. The eatery, owned by the long-standing Galveston Restaurant Group, is dishing out its own signature fajitas, nachos and super-strong margaritas to hungry diners in downtown Galveston—at reasonable prices and with a lovely patio.
Just a short drive away is Gypsy Joynt, where delectable food and top-notch concerts are in perfect harmony. Formerly located in Massachusetts, the hip café, which was ranked as one of the world’s best small music venues by the LA Times, now plans to bring that same heat to our island town. The menu, best described as bohemian and eclectic, features an array of pizzas, burgers and wings along with organic offerings and gigantic desserts. At night, it becomes one of the best live music spots on the island, drawing in performers like blues artists Corey Harris and Guy Davis, Lafayette’s Pine Leaf Boys and funk-reggae group Jordan Weller and The Feathers.
Down the block from Gypsy Joynt you’ll find the new Daiquiri Time Out (DTO for short). Here, co-owner Brad Stringer (a veteran of Houston joints like Johnny’s Gold Brick and Boheme) oversees a bar brimming with craft cocktails concocted with fresh juices and house-made spirits.
Galveston Coffee Roasters is also drawing rave reviews from Houston to Galveston and back. A self-proclaimed mom-and-pop shop on 23rd Street, the coffee bar offers in-house roasted varieties of java, custom blends from across the globe and wholesale options roasted weekly, available in a hot cup o’ brew or as a pound of beans to take home.
From the Blogs
Downtown Dining That Excels in Every Way
Published: Thursday, January 17, 2019
What constitutes an excellent dining experience? Excellent food, ambiance, attention to detail, level of service. And how the staff makes you feel. Happily, one downtown eatery - and a twice-voted Restaurant of the Year - excels at them all. Read more.
Galveston Restaurant Week Returns for 8th Year January 26 - February 10
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The eighth annual Galveston Restaurant Week - Saturday, January 26th to Sunday, February 10, 2019 - brings Galveston Island's vibrant food scene to life for two full weeks of delicious dining. Read more.
Most Creative Restaurant Week Menu? BLVD. Seafood!
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
With all the great recipes to choose from this Restaurant Week, one restaurant truly stands out as offering the year's Most Creative Menu by far - and that's one of Galveston's faves, BLVD. Seafood. Read more.
Old Country Ambiance, Classic Italian Cooking at Grotto
Published: Monday, January 14, 2019
At Grotto, all dishes are hand-prepared daily with only the freshest ingredients, a testament to this beloved eatery's unrivaled passion for detail. Read more.
3 Meals for Under $40 at The Gumbo Diner
Published: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Pinching pennies but still want to eat like a eat like a king? Then look no further than The Gumbo Diner, where this Restaurant Week you can enjoy three meals each day for under $40! You read that right! Read more.
Through the Eyes of a Young Newcomer
Published: Thursday, December 06, 2018
Cody Baird is new to the island and shares his new found enthusiasm for Galveston. Read more.
Holiday Fun Continues in Galveston with Expanded Downtown Lanterns & Lights
Published: Sunday, November 25, 2018
An expanded Downtown Lanterns and Lights has been illuminated in downtown Galveston. Read more.
The 6 Best Kid-Friendly Holiday Experiences in Galveston
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2018
The holidays are about spending time with your family, and Galveston has no shortage of family-friendly attractions, events and displays! Read more.
8 Things You Can Only Do in Galveston This Holiday Season
Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
From November through January, Galveston is transformed from a vibrant beachside getaway into the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas, see all the great things you can do this holiday season. Read more.
September 2018 - Vintage Pepper Mill from the Balinese Room
Published: Thursday, September 06, 2018
During the month of September, Rosenberg Library will exhibit a pepper mill from the legendary Galveston nightclub, the Balinese Room. This ca. 1950 souvenir was recently donated to the library by Louise Hagood. Read more.