The 5 Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Galveston
2. El Mercadito Y Taqueria
Photo by Pippo T. Some of the most authentic Mexican and South American food on the island can be found at El Mercadito.
It may not look like much from the outside, but El Mercadito Y Taqueria is the real deal. Like Mike's, El Mercadito is part convenience store and part taqueria, but it's the tacos that really have us excited. The breakfast tacos with homemade tortillas are the best on the island, and other dishes like huevos rancheros and enchiladas with green chile sauce demonstrate that this is much more than just a market. It is a great place to pick up hard-to-find Mexican and South American ingredients for your next beach cookout, but why do the work yourself when you can just eat there? The salsas are vibrant and spicy, and the horchata is perfect on a hot summer day.
1. Honduras Food
Photo courtesy Honduras Restaurant For the best deals on whole fried fish in town, check out Honduras Food.
Though the name doesn't demonstrate much creativity, the dishes that come out of the kitchen at Honduras Food certainly do. The small Honduran restaurant offers some of the cheapest and best whole fried fish in town, and the platters of fried plantains and fish topped with cabbage and fresh pico de gallo are ideal beach food. The charming interior is decorated with Honduran soccer jerseys, and this would have been a great place to watch the World Cup while the country's team was still in the running. Try any of the fried seafood dishes here, but don't be put off when your food comes out staring at you. If you prefer dinner without the head still attached, try the carne asada, coconut seafood soup or massive pork chop.