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
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Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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3 Reasons Why Galveston.com & Company is Bracing for the Coolest Winter Ever
Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
The team of programmers, designers, and editors at Galveston.com & Company is gearing up for what it believes will be the coolest winter it’s ever experienced. And we’re not talking temperatures. Read more.
Celebrate NYE 2020 in Galveston
Published: Monday, December 30, 2019
Ring in 2020 with one of these several NYE celebrations! Read more.
Miracle Christmas-themed pop-up bar returns to Galveston in 2019
Published: Thursday, November 14, 2019
From November 25th to December 31st, DTO will celebrate the season with a menu of signature cocktails, décor of lights, garlands and tchotchkes inspired by nostalgic Christmas decorations and a soundtrack of holiday songs. Read more.
Set Sail: FAQs Around Cruising From Galveston
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
If you have never taken a Caribbean cruise from the Port of Galveston, it may be time for a grand Gulf adventure. Here are a few logistical tips to get you out on the water with peace of mind. Read more.
It's Time to OPA! Galveston Island Greek Festival
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2019
The Island goes Greek for the 37th Annual Galveston Greek Festival, October 12 and 13 Read more.
Craft Beer Fest, The Grand 125th Year Celebration Highlight Labor Day Weekend on Galveston Island
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Labor Day Weekend is almost here, and if you don't already have plans for the long weekend - we've got you covered! Read more.
10th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival Returns September 27th
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2019
Galveston Island is a seafood lover’s paradise all year round, but this September Yaga’s Entertainment, Inc. will bring foodies a little taste of heaven at the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival to be held September 27-28. Read more.
10 (More) Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Galveston
Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Sometimes when you plan your trip to Galveston ahead of time, you might end up dealing with a little bit of rain on your visit – don’t worry! A little rain never hurts in Galveston because this island getaway is more than just a beach. Read more.