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8 Reasons to Drive to Galveston

By Amber Ambrose
February 20, 2014

The Mardi Gras fun begins in Galveston this weekend, and people will be flocking to the island to celebrate. But even after the parades have long gone away, these eight places are reason enough to make the haul down any time of year. If you can't make it to Mardi Gras, remember that spring break is just around the corner.

  • Gumbo Bar

    If gumbo's in the name, you better believe it's what you need to order. The roux is nice and dark, with options to fill your bowl with seafood, chicken and sausage or prime rib. We suggest getting the Mumbo gumbo, which has a little bit of everything.

    2107 Post Office St.; 409-744-8626

  • The Black Pearl Oyster Bar

    What good is a visit to the beach without a stop at the local oyster bar? The Black Pearl fills the need for all things seafood with platters of fried shrimp, oysters, fish and more.

    327 23rd St.; 409-762-7299

  • Rudy & Paco

    This seafood house located next to the famous Opera House is perfect for a date night and a dish of Latin seafood. Though it's a beach town, shorts are not welcome in the dining room during dinner, though at the bar, anything goes.

    2028 Post Office St.; 409-762-3696

  • The Spot

    Visiting The Spot is really like visiting five different venues, because there are exactly that many separate entities within this one complex. The original burger and beer joint that started it all is The Spot, though there is also Tiki Bar, patio bar, Sideyard, the Rum Shack and Squeeze, the tequila bar. The food is good and the drinks are even better.

    3204 Seawall Blvd.; 409-621-5237

  • Sunflower Bakery

    This adorable bakery and cafe is our absolute favorite stop in Galveston when it comes to brunch. Oysters Benedict or a crab meat omelet and a mango mimosa are worth waiting for - and yes you'll probably have to wait at least 20 minutes or more to get a table.

    512 14th St.; 409-763-5500

  • Beerfoot

    When you just can't handle another tiki drink, yet still need to get a view of the Gulf of Mexico, head to Beerfoot near the Seawall. Inside you'll find plenty of local beers, occasional beer pairing specials and house brews on tap.

    2816 Avenue R 1/2; 409-762-2337

  • Number 13

    The number 13 is anything but bad luck at this upscale seafood and steak house located in the Pelican Rest Marina. It's a gorgeous location to have a martini, some crab claws and a big fat steak to remind you of what being alive really feels like. Expect to spend a decent chunk of change here.

    7809 Broadway; 409-572-2650

  • Mosquito Cafe

    Charming is the perfect word to describe this eclectic cafe that attracts just as many locals as it does visitors. An array of burgers, salads, sandwiches, globally inspired entrees and comfort food in a laid-back setting are the pillars of its success. Weekend breakfasts are a must.

    628 14th St.; 409-763-1010

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