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A view from the top of the Iron Shark at the Pleasure Pier.
A view from the top of the Iron Shark at the Pleasure Pier.
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Where to Eat in Galveston This Summer

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A view from the top of the Iron Shark at the Pleasure Pier.
| Galveston Island Historical Pleasure Pier/Facebook

Time for some old fashioned, Texas straight talk. Most of the food in Galveston sucks, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. With the opening of the new Pleasure Pier, the continued Fertittaization of the island continues at a new, elevated pace. Beloved institutions like Gaido's have been unable to capture their former glory. The Strand, while charming in its appearance, contains far too many tshirt shops with poorly phrased PG-13 witticisms. Sometimes the hour drive to the coast doesn't seem worth the trouble.

Yet, if you know where to look, a trip to Galveston still holds a lot of appeal, especially in the summer. First of all, with a breeze coming off the Gulf, the heat is less oppressive there than in the city. Also, summer in Texas means crab season, and consuming crabs while looking out on the water just enhances the whole experience in a mystical way. This guide doesn't eschew all the obvious names but does focus on BOI-approved places that work hard everyday to please their customers. Please enjoy.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

La King's Confectionery

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901 Post Office

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Sonny's Place

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Benno's On the Beach

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Clary's Seafood Restaurant

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Di Bella's Italian Restaurant

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La Estacion Restaurant

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Leon's World's Finest In & Out Barbeque

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Maceo Spice & Import Co.

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Mosquito Cafe

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Olympia Grill

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Shrimp N Stuff

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La King's Confectionery

901 Post Office

Sonny's Place

Benno's On the Beach

Clary's Seafood Restaurant

Di Bella's Italian Restaurant

La Estacion Restaurant

Leon's World's Finest In & Out Barbeque

Maceo Spice & Import Co.

Mosquito Cafe

Olympia Grill

Shrimp N Stuff

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