Gallivantin’ in Galveston, Texas
Galveston, Texas continues to make music. There are a few band members missing, but the beat goes on.
This was my first visit since Hurricane Ike and my first impression as I drove over the Causeway was things are looking good. The mighty Seawall did its job. It kept Galveston as safe as possible. Just about all the hotels and restaurants in Galveston are open and doing well.
One of the best things to come out of Hurricane Ike is the new Galveston Beach. I could tell you how much new sand they brought in, but you just have to see it to believe it.
Moody Gardens (in my opinion it’s the place to stay and play in Galveston)
The hotel is as good as ever. The only thing missing are the fish in the lobby pond. They were having a special on Sushi the day I was there, but that may have just been a coincidence. As for the attractions, they’re all open.
What can I eat on the Island?
You can smell the fresh seafood as you are driving along Seawall Blvd. Once you enter certain restaurants such as Casey’s (Gaido’s casual cousin) most of what you smell is fried seafood.
A few suggestions. Don’t order the Fried vegetable combo. It’s not worth the calories. Also if you like Louisiana Po-Boys, stay away from the Po-Boys at Casey’s. The grilled anything is the way to go, and the menu is priced right.
Go Mediterranean on Pier 21. The Grill at Pier 21 opened in June and is right on the harbor. The restaurant is beautifully designed, but make sure you dine al fresco. Now here’s a tip for dining al fresco. Never turn away from your food. Why you ask? You want to make sure nothing drops in it from above. Is that a caper in my salad? Now if you are dining with Al Fresco, you have nothing to worry about. The food is top notch and the prices are reasonable. They even offer you 3 free hours of parking. Oh by the way. If you dine (al fresco) Friday or Saturday night there is live music and belly dancers.
Is everything open? No. But renovations are everywhere. Is there enough to see, eat and drink? You bet your Tequila there is. If you liked Galveston before, you’ll like it now. Don’t wait to visit. Visit Galveston now. Not because they really need you to, but because you’ll have a great time.
Where to Stay
Moody Gardens Hotel, Hotel Galvez, San Luis Resort, Hawthorne Suites at The Victorian and The Tremont are all top notch and ready to swipe your creditcard.
What to Eat
Soooo many restaurants, but the only tip I’ll give you is go seafood. Now that being said it doesn’t have to be your typical seafood restaurant. There are great Italian, Mediterranean, Asian and BBQ Restaurants. OK, here is another tip. Don’t eat the seafood at a BBQ restaurant.
What to Do
Moody Gardens, horse drawn carriage rides, Bishops Palace, Duck Tour, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum, The Strand and The Schlitterbahn waterpark to name just a few.
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