Today’s Restaurant Week spotlight reminds us all of what we love to do – blaze through a tough morning of work so you can race to your favorite spot for lunch with your pals! Seriously, it doesn’t really matter how crazy all the conference calls and emails can be, as long as you know there’s delicious. affordable grub to enjoy mid-day.
And for two oh-so-delectable weeks, your choices are gonna be a whole lot more appetizing. cause thirty-four of your favorite Galveston eateries are participating in Galveston Restaurant Week, returning for its eighth culinary event January 26th thru February 10th. Home of the finest Gulf Coast seafood and some of Texas’s most delectable restaurants, Galveston Island proudly welcomes visitors to this family-friendly event, where patrons can choose from Galveston’s most delightful and delicious eateries for prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus – in attractive price points you’re sure to savor!
Galveston’s new hot spot for fresh seafood, delicious burgers, and fun nightlife – and winner of Best New Restaurant in Galveston.com’s 2018 Best of the Island Awards – is where we’ll begin. This bright new eatery is located at 2402 Strand, literally steps from the Galveston Cruise Terminal and in the heart of The Strand Historic District. For just $15, you’ll enjoy a light-yet-memorable lunch which features a cup of their delectable Whiskey Crab Soup, followed with a grand Salmon Salad of romaine, jicama, tomatoes, tortilla strips, and chipotle vinaigrette.
Shrimp ‘N Stuff Downtown
Just like Shrimp ‘N Stuff Downtown! The original Shrimp ‘N Stuff Restaurant opened in 1976 and quickly became known as “the place where the locals love to eat.” In these past decades, they’ve had many guests visiting the Island from across the U.S. who say they wished they had found Shrimp ‘N Stuff the first day they arrived! The sparkling Shrimp ‘N Stuff Downtown is located on 23rd Street, steps from The Strand, and is offering a great $10 lunch you won’t wanna miss.
The 3-course menu offers a starter of salad or hushpuppies, and features a lunch plate of either Popcorn Shrimp with Fries and Slaw,;a dandy Classic Cheeseburger, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, or Grilled Catfish, with jalapeno rice and veggies, Finish it up with a cookie or bread pudding, and you’ve got an inexpensive, delicious meal. Of course, you won’t wanna miss their $25 dinner menu, either!
Taquilo’s Tex-Mex Cantina
Not jonesing for seafood at lunch? No problemo, cause Galveston Restaurant Groups’s Taquilo’s Tex-Mex Cantina is serving up on their own south-of-the-border fiesta just a couple of blocks away on Postoffice Street! For just eleven bucks, you’ll enjoy some of the most incredible chips and salsas on the Island, along with a muy grande choice of three different entrees, including the following:
- Three Cheese Chicken Tinga Stuffed Poblano Pepper: Shredded ranchero chicken, in a fire roasted poblano pepper. Topped with Taquilo’s Texas chili gravy & pico de gallo. Served with rice & beans
- Summer Plate: One beef taco, one bean chalupa, chile con queso tostada and guacamole, rice & beans.
- Beef Taco: Seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato and shredded cheese on choice of tortilla. Served with rice & beans
But save room for the cinnamon-sugar-coated Churros, cause they’re nothing short of legendary. Head back a little later for the $18 three-course dinner!
Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar
And if your lunch date prefers sauce piquante over picante salsa? No biggie, cause there’s Galveston Restaurant Group’s Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar, home of “the Best Gumbo in Galveston” in the recent Galveston.com Best of the Island Awards. And their team is ready to show off just what’s made it the downtown “must-visit” it’s become! For only $12, you’ll begin with a garden-fresh Greek or Caesar Salad, choose from one of the following entrees, and end with a New Orleans-style beignet.
- Chicken or Fish Sandwich: Grilled or Fried, served with fixin’s and fries
- Chicken & Sausage Gumbo: Served with scoop of steamed rice
- Seafood Gumbo: Shrimp, crab and oysters, served with scoop of steamed rice
- Shorty Po-Boy: Choice of shrimp, crawfish or BBQ oyster with choice of homemade fresh cut potato or sweet potato fries
Not telling you what to do? But you really need to figure a way to enjoy a bit of a shorty po-boy AND the seafood gumbo. Seriously, the combination of the two is one of our favorite meals on the Island! (And be sure to head back for their $20 dinner menu which features their dazzling Shrimp Platter!)
Yaga’s Cafe and Bar, located at 2314 Strand, wrote the book on mo’ bettah food and vibes on Galveston Island. From burgers to hot-from-the-oven pizzas to weekend live entertainment to the jammin’ outdoor patio, Yaga’s Cafe and Bar is the place to go!
And their $10 lunch menu shows exactly why this Island institution has been the smash it is for as long as it has! After starting with choice of Carrot Ginger Bisque, Texas Seafood Gumbo, or a Saffron Crawfish Risotto Croquette with spicy remoulade, you’ll groove right on to the main course which features choice of:
- Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos: cabbage, cilantro & sambal crème fraiche, rice and beans on the side
- Fried Chicken Club Sandwich: with Swiss cheese and fries
- Chicken Flautas: served with a cilantro cream sauce
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 February 10th! 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.