The 5 Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Galveston

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Get off the beaten path and explore some lesser-known Galveston restaurants.
The time for the great exodus has arrived.

Every summer as the temperatures rise and the oppressively hot days stretch into muggy nights, Houstonians escape the confines of the city for tropical paradise Galveston. No, it's not the loveliest beach in the world (or even in Texas), but it's our beach and our charming seaside neighbor.

Fortunately for those who make the drive to relax on the sand or stroll the Strand, Galveston has a pretty great selection of eateries to choose from. Whether you're looking for upscale dining or a hole-in-the-wall beer and shrimp shack, Galveston has the restaurants to satisfy either desire.

Instead of doing a roundup of the best restaurants in Galveston, though, we thought we'd take a look at some of the great spots that aren't as popular. If you're a Galveston resident, you might already know these places because, well, the island just ain't that big. But if you're planning a day trip, consider checking out one of these great spots off the beaten path.

5. Jack's Pub
Galveston has no shortage of lively beach bars and pubs to frequent in between frolics in the ocean, but Jack's is one of the friendliest, and it has great pub fare. Jack's is located just a few blocks south of the strand on Post Office and 24th streets next to Third Coast Bar, a lively gay bar. Regulars visit Jack's for cheap, strong drinks and quality bar food. There aren't any frills here, but if you want a stiff drink and a basket of all things fried or surprisingly great bar pizza served with a smile, Jack's is your kind of place. If you're lucky, Jack himself might even be there holding down the fort. Look for an older gentleman with a shock of white hair nursing a beer at the bar and strike up a conversation. Like most people at Jack's, the man has some stories.

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The Strand Historic District

2100 Strand, Galveston, TX

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awindlinger
awindlinger

We tried Los Molcas tonight and it was delicious!  We'll definitely be going again.

MJT1
MJT1

The Stork Club at 21st and Post Office, our crew's go-to place during Dickens on the Strand.  Food is great, prices are great, the walk from The Strand is short but picturesque.

Imhotep Taylor
Imhotep Taylor

No Shrimp N Stuff? Who made this ridiculous list?

Christopher Flores
Christopher Flores

Cool! A list that doesn't have any of the shitty Fertita restaurants in it.

Kayla G
Kayla G

Thanks, I have seen this. Mercaditos is on their Cameron Babek

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

So I guess Mario's pizza isn't underrated enough? That place is awesome incarnate.

Ryan Musser
Ryan Musser

It's like you guys went on Yelp and said "hey let's just pick 5 random spots, and go heavy on the Tex Mex for that Galveston article." What a joke!!!

Khloe Morris
Khloe Morris

Why can't you format tour website so its not a click-through. Ridiculous.

Cody Ford
Cody Ford

That's the list of a staggering drunk trying to sober up. Jack's pub? You've got to be kidding me. This "list thing" is getting out of hand, and a waste of time.

bhoward1
bhoward1

No Galveston hidden gem list is complete without including Sonny's Place!

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@bhoward1 

I went there for the first time a month or so ago. They heat up shit in the microwave.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@bhoward1 Sonny's Place is great, but I think it's pretty well known. I wouldn't really consider it hidden, but it's a gem for sure!

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