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Where Locals Eat: Drinking and Dining Tips for a Uniquely LOCAL Conference Experience
Below is a list of favorite local hang outs and eateries in Galveston. Trust us when we say, our experience as food lovers has been rich in this city. Please note: Galveston is a small town and local businesses tend to operate on a limited schedule. Always visit their websites or call before you arrive.


Allow us to present our picks for the best, most delicious, and unique dining experiences our beach-town has to offer:

Breakfast:
If you’re anything like us, you’ll need a cup of coffee before you can begin to function or contemplate any choice, food or otherwise. For that, we highly recommend our island’s best coffeeshop, Mod Coffee & Tea House.

Galveston is well known for its breakfast tacos, particularly migas. The gold standard for this island specialty is Bronco Burrito. Expect a line, especially on weekends, but it’s well worth the wait!

If you’re looking for more traditional breakfast fare, look no further than Shykatz. Their waffles, pancakes, homemade pies and muffins are the best this town has to offer.

Lunch:
True foodies will be pleased to discover one of our best kept secrets: Maceo’s. It doubles as a deli and spice company. If you’re a chef, amateur or otherwise, be prepared to browse the racks of imported oils and spices and stock up. The sandwiches are to die for, but don’t take our word for it. Go and enjoy.

Another great choice is The Mediterranean Chef, located on the Strand. The owners and staff welcome their customers like family and the atmosphere is inviting and pleasant. Plenty of room to stretch out and feast on mouth watering greek cuisine.

If seafood appeals to you as a lunch option, we have a great many options to choose from. A popular local choice is Shrimp n’ Stuff, which has two locations. One is located in midtown and it’s a more family friendly atmosphere with a great outdoor patio. The other is located downtown and has a more elegant, professional feel to it, with another great outdoor seating area. Both locations serve delicious seafood.

Skybar is another great lunchtime option if you like sushi. The setting is a bit more intimate, but equally relaxed. You can sit outdoors in the shade for a great people watching opportunity as you enjoy their high quality fresh made rolls.

Al fresco dining is at its best at Smooth Tony’s, another popular lunchtime destination. Tucked into a cute Victorian house, it offers a healthy selection of smoothies, fish tacos and wraps.

If tex-mex is your lunchtime druthers, our favorite is Salsa’s on the Seawall. Easy to find, this place has a great menu that locals and out of towners love, and some of the best margaritas we’ve ever tasted.

Happy Hour:
For cocktail hour we recommend a relatively new place that’s opened to rave reviews. Off the beaten path, DTO is an upscale bar serves their own expertly blended creations with fresh, organic ingredients.

If you’re looking for wow-factor, there is no better place than The Rooftop Bar. Overlooking all of downtown Galveston, the views are spectacular at dusk.

Dinner:
A great place to transition from cocktails to dinner is Olympia Grill at Pier 21. The outdoor seating looking out onto the harbor is stunning at sunset, and the food and drinks are five star. (Great Happy Hour Menu too!)

For more casual dining fare and an unbelievably tasty menu, check out The Gypsyjoynt. This family owned venue is half live music, half bakery, full on savory meals in what looks like a record store from the 70’s.

Or if you prefer craft beer in a favorite local haunt, the menu atBrews Brother’s will delight your tastebuds from specialty ales to incredibly good burgers. Try the avocado fries; you won’t be sorry!

If you’re looking for something in between, you can’t go wrong with The Mosquito Cafe. Great casual but elegant dining, their menu is true culinary perfection.

(Editor’s Note:The Mosquito Cafe  will be closed during the conference, but their food is so good – we left it in so you can try the next time you visit!)

Dessert:
A great local choice for dessert is the ice cream parlour Hey Mikey’s. Their rich creamy flavors of specialty small-batch ice creams have made them a popular go-to for years.

Pattycakes is a great local bakery that appeals quite a lot to our tastebuds! Enjoy a wide variety of custom treats, from cakes to madeleines.  Editor’s Note:Pattycakes will be closed during the conference, but their pastries are so good – we left it in so you can try the next time you visit!