If one of your new year's resolutions is to branch out more, expand your horizons, and explore different parts of the region through food, Galveston is giving you a golden opportunity over the next two weeks.
Galveston Restaurant Week begins Saturday and runs through Feb. 9. Thirty-three restaurants in town are participating, offering everything from surf and turf (naturally) to sandwiches, Italian, Tex-Mex, and American pub grub. Here are a few of our favorite menu finds:
For $25 (plus tax and gratuity for all offers listed), you can get a three-course meal that includes a homestyle lobster pot pie with veloute sauce. Pair it with an iceberg wedge salad (or seafood corn potato chowder if you want to stick with the rich fish), then finish the evening with vanilla icebox cheesecake. Like I said: rich. Sounds like a decadent night at the San Luis Resort for just a small wallet hit.
While visiting Moody Gardens—maybe to see the Amazon river otters at the Rainforest Pyramid—stop by this lovely hotel café for a $22 three-course lunch. It includes pan-roasted wild snapper with white rice, plus a starter, dessert, and admission to Expedition Chesapeake, a film about life on the Chesapeake Bay and throughout its estuary. Great for a day with kids.
For $35, you can enjoy a substantial Italian dinner at this San Luis Resort Restaurant with a modern vibe. Try shrimp bruschetta with avocado mousse, followed by braised short rib gnocchi and, for dessert, a tiramisu martini. Of course, you may want to splurge and pay extra for something off the dessert cart (not included).
Get a taste of Galveston's upscale steakhouse with a $35 dinner deal. While you won't be able to score Prime steak, you can get a Heritage Berkshire pork chop with citrus and garlic mojo and sides, along with oysters Rockefeller or Alaskan Red King crab dip, and desserts like roasted-corn tres leches and bread pudding. Not a bad deal at all.
Let's talk about paying $11 at lunch for chips and queso; a summer plate of beef taco, chalupa, chile con queso tostada, and rice and beans; and churros for dessert. That feels like a big win, and you can get it at this colorful and super-casual Tex-Mex spot in town. For dinner, $18 can get you a special plate (tamale, two enchiladas, rice, and beans) plus queso and churros.