Shrimp n Stuff on the Island

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Anamaris Cousins Price
Fish tacos at Shrimp & Stuff
It's summer, and crazy-hot in the Houston area. What can you do to find a bit of relief? Hop on I-45 and head south to Galveston Island, walk along the Seawall, hit the historic homes or Moody Gardens, then stop for some seafood at Shrimp n Stuff.

Located at 3901 Avenue O (at 39th Street), Shrimp n Stuff has been serving up fresh and budget-friendly seafood since 1976, when Jim Bennett started this neighborhood favorite. Current owner Jeff Antonelli has kept things the same way; as he says, "I inherited good stuff, no need to change any of it."

There's both indoor and patio seating; the four of us opted for a cozy table inside where we wouldn't melt. My in-laws had touted the gumbo, which was okay, but too heavy on the okra for my taste. I wanted to try a bit of everything and ordered a seafood platter. The cornmeal battered catfish was just right, and I enjoyed the shrimp and oysters. But my favorite was the crab balls. They looked like giant hush puppies, meaty and creamy on the inside.

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Anamaris Cousins Price
Shrimp & Stuff in Galveston, TX
Another hit at our table was the fish tacos, golden-fried catfish dressed with black bean relish and topped with secret remoulade sauce. Both my husband and brother-in-law enjoyed them to the last bite.

Shrimp n Stuff is famous for its poboys, particularly the shrimp and/or oyster ones, and they're all under $6. I also saw some impressive seafood salads on neighboring tables. We were on our way to a graduation at Moody Gardens, so we skipped the alcohol, but they offer beer and wine for as little as $2.77.

Be sure to pay Shrimp n Stuff a visit next time you cross the bridge. Whether you eat in or take advantage of the drive-thru, you'll be pleased.

What are your old-time favorites? I'd love to visit them.



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Location Info

Shrimp 'N Stuff

3901 Ave. O, Galveston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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6 comments
itsdanilove
itsdanilove

I freakin' love this place.  As for me, though, I'd forego the tortillas and just get the fried shrimp basket.  Goddamn.

Andy Phifer
Andy Phifer

What a random coincidence. I ended up eating here today via a Yelp suggestion. I got the crab ball po boy. I am NOT a seafood eater - it kind of freaks me out, honestly. But that crab po boy was fantastic. Just loved it. Next time I'm in Galveston I'll be back there.

Laurie
Laurie

S & S is awesome and cheap for Galveston. No food snobbery allowed as this place is just down home good. Shiner is fancy for beer there. With the mix of people I have seen in there they are mostly catering to locals of all races.

ec
ec

Those tortillas haven't been cooked.  Must be catering to white people

Mary
Mary

I've eaten at Shrimp & Stuff several times. The fish tacos are my favorite. I don't recall if the tortillas are cooked. They are definitely pre-made, but they are always fresh, taste good, and hold up well. The black bean relish is fantastic on the tacos.

Bruce R
Bruce R

I was kind of wondering about the tortillas. I'm hoping those are corn tortillas, either homemade (probably not) or heated pre-made ones.

Damn white people.  We suck.

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