The large restaurants in Galveston are wonderful, but if you’re on the hunt for some true Galvestonian-cuisine, you might struggle to find the hidden gems. Clayton with Galveston.com TV has been exploring Galveston Island for years and is here to guide you on how to eat like a local on your next visit. Here’s a list of five restaurants that locals LOVE:
Maceo Spice & Import
Located in the up-and-coming West Market district, Maceo Spice & Import is well-known by locals for their mouthwatering Muffuletta, packed with ham, salami, provolone and their homemade olive salad. You may need to order the quarter- or half-size because this sandwich is no joke! While you’re there, take some time to browse their huge assortment of spices, olive oils and more.
Trattoria La Vigna
Get a little slice of Italy right here in Galveston with Trattoria La Vigna. Food lovers revel in this eatery’s home-style recipes that are made with fresh pasta made daily! Owners Sal and Pina Ruggieri feature crowd-favorites, including spaghetti alla contadina, linguini and clam sauce, seafood risotto, and ravioli di pesce. And for the carnivore? The Veal scaloppini al funghi, pork sausage and polenta, chicken parmesan, zuppa di pesce, and spiendini di gamberi alla griglia all sing.
At Mosquito Café you’ll find fresh, homemade, eclectic, trendy food, a warm casual atmosphere, and friendly helpful service. Guests, upon perusing the menu and chalkboard specials, place their order with the cashier, select a table of their choice, and sit back and relax. Their staff delivers the entrées, silverware, napkins, refreshes beverages, clears plates upon finishing, takes dessert orders, and will fulfill any guest request.
Olympia Grill – Pier 21
The chefs at Olympia Grill on Pier 21 prepare fresh food daily and have family recipes with hundreds of years of experience. Featuring seafood, Greek salads, gyros, lamb, and fine burgers, alongside amazing views on Pier 21, don’t forget to add Olympia to your itinerary on your next visit
Named Restaurant of the Year in 2017, Gypsy Joynt is a unique and unforgettable dining experience. This bohemian style restaurant serves up some of the most delicious meals on the island! The cafe offers an array of natural and organic recipes, along with a host of delectable pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, salads, desserts, and specialty coffees.
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