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TOP 10 Restaurants

Moderate, Seafood
Pier 22

Moderate, Seafood
25th and Seawall Boulevard


Moderate, Seafood and Steak
8509 Teichman Road


Moderate to Expensive
3800 Seawall Boulevard


Moderate to Expensive
Seafood, Steaks, Pasta
2301 Strand


Moderate to Expensive
2017 Postoffice

762-FISH (3474)

Seafood, Steaks, Authentic Mexican
5310 Seawall Blvd.

Seafood, Steaks
Pier 21

Seafood, Steaks
Pier 21

1401 Market & 14th St.
In Galveston's Historic District

Moderate to expensive, Mexican, Seafood
4604 Seawall Blvd.

15th St. & Seawall

Inexpensive, American Cuisine
32nd and Seawall Boulevard


Expensive, Steak
5222 Seawall Boulevard

2314 Strand


Foreign Cuisine
Italian Cuisine
2328 The Strand

Moderate, South American Cuisine
2028 Post Office Street


Moderate, Sushi and Steak
2106 61st Street


101 Reasons to Love Galveston

Reprinted with permission from Dolph Tillotson, editor and
publisher of The Daily News. Originally appeared in
The Daily News
December 31, 1995.

1. It’s home.
2. Waves crashing on stone, and the smell of salt air.
3. Fog.
4. The Galveston-Bolivar Ferry, still one of the best entertainment bargains anywhere (it’s free).
5. Moonbeams reflected on a calm sea.
6. Finding the first unbroken sand dollar of the season.
7. The sight of Galveston as you cross the Causeway at night - the bright lights of home.
8. Artwalks.
9. Moody Gardens’ rain forest pyramid at night.
10. Outdoor musicals.
11. The Grand 1894 Opera House.
12. Resting on a balcony, watching sail boats in the marina.
13. Galveston’s seawall. The world’s longest, skinniest park.
14. We’re a small town - so small we get to know one another well.
15. Political controversy. If things are quiet in Galveston, just wait five
16. Sails - taut, crisp,
bathed in sunlight.
17. Beaches, especially the new ones we built together.
18. Warm winters.
19. Winter Texans.
20. Dickens on the Strand.
21. Now that you
mention it, the Galveston Historical Foundation.
22. Sonny’s hot dogs.
23. Diversity. God love us, is any one person like another here?
24. The mansions on Broadway. So stately, and a reminder of our past.
25. The oldest newspaper in Texas (but one which still manages to change with time).
26. Mardi Gras and its wonderful craziness.
27. All the fish in the sea.
28. In spite of controversy, about the best medical care for a city our size
29. You can get anywhere in 10
30. Our past.
31. Our future.
32. Houston. We’re just close enough.
33. Watching the dolphins swim by (they were out in full force Wednesday morning!).
34. Our great library.
35. Laughing gulls.
36. Even more, laughing people.
37. Clary’s grilled oysters.
38. D’Amico’s pasta.
39. Mario’s Seawall Italian Restaurant’s marinara sauce - best in the world, believe me.
40. Anything at Gaido’s.
41. The bisque (or about anything else) at the Bob Smith Yacht Club.
42. The view, and the burgers, at Cafe Michael Burger.
43. The warm, family atmosphere at Dibella’s.
44. Late nights and piano melodies at the Tremont.
45. Nina Kay (lovely
woman) singing
at Fitzpatrick’s.
46. Bikinis.
47. My running friends (Charlie, Doug, Steve, Teri,
Shaye, Bill, Matt, Conrad and on and on).
48. Breakfast at the Phoenix Bakery after a long run.
49. My boat. It’s not much, but it’s mine.

50. People who write letters to the editor, especially the ones who disagree.
51. BOIs. I’m married to one, and what would Galveston be without them?

52. Newcomers. I am one (eight years), and what would Galveston be with out them?
53. Pelicans gliding gracefully on a summer updraft.
54. The sand hill cranes which arrive here in October or November.
55. Roseate spoonbills. Is it my imagination, or are their numbers increasing?
56. Saturday nights, Offatts Bayou and mast lights on yachts, twinkling in the west, a water-borne village.
57. Artists. There are more and more of them all the time, and we should honor them.
58. El Nopalito’s in December - ‘cause Mexican food’s best when it’s cold outside.
59. Canopies of live oaks over downtown streets.

60. Family legends. Ask the Schapers about how their attic became an ark in the 1900 Storm. I think every old family here has its own legend. Somebody should write a book.
61. The sound of the wind in the oak behind my house.
62. Vandy Anderson, whose voice is ubiquitous.
63. The Lone Star Flight Museum. I can see the old planes zooming in and out from my office window.
64. The smell of barbecue along the seawall on a winter afternoon.
65. Mardi Gras arches in downtown Galveston. They are impractical, and that’s a good reason to keep them.
66. UTMB. It keeps us in touch with the rest of the world.
67. Texas A&M at Galveston. Texas’ fastest growing university campus.
68. Different people. Different cultures.
69. Knowing the person who fits your suit.
70. Galveston’s loving, crusty, cranky, wise, tough and exasperating senior citizens.
71. Playing tennis. In Feb. Outdoors.
72. Watching my wife’s former students grow up. A few stories are tragedies; most are fairy tales.
73. Community spirit. Yes, there is some left, a lot of it in fact.
74. Fred Raschke. He led the United Way fund drive this year, a tough job, and he deserves a pat on the back.
75. The clear, crisp way the air feels after a norther blows through.
76. Catching snapper in the deep, clear water with Capt. Billy aboard the Good News!
77. Bright work and teak on boats at the yacht club.
78. Palm trees.
79. Sunshine, and plenty of it. Don’t you love the way coconut oil smells?
80. The Hospice Christmas tree on top of our building.
81. Summer band concerts at the
Sealy Gazebo.
82. How many cities this size have their own symphony?
83. In Galveston, you can knock off work and be fishing within 25 minutes (including time to buy bait.)
84. Hidden treasures. Statues of famous medical men in Old Red and the graves of some of the earliest Texans.
85. The ancient, windblown live oaks on the island’s West End.
86. The Galveston College lecture series,
always stimulating.
87. Seafood markets where the catch of the day really is the catch of the day.
88. V.J. Tramonte singing the national anthem at Rotary.
89. Wildflowers on the beach.
90. The clean, white lines of the ANICO building.
91. George Mitchell. I don’t always agree with him (or anyone else for that matter), but good Lord
he’s been good to Galveston.
92. Galveston’s founding families - Moody, Kempners, Sealy, Hutchings and on and on. They’ve
contributed enormously to Galveston. In fact, they have made it what it is.
93. People who have read our paper for more than 75 years. and whose
parents and grandparents read it before them.
94. The sound of locusts in August.
95. Youth. There’s a lot of it here on any summer weekend.
96. Ball High, in all its newfound glory.
97. Teachers who really care about
our children.
98. Volunteers. They’re all around us - at Ronald McDonald House, at Hospice, United Way, little league, PTO. Our town would collapse without them.
99. Roots, in a world that is more and more rootless.
100. Good friends and colleagues who work hard to keep this newspaper humming.
101. Endless hope for brighter tomorrows.

Moody Gardens
81st Street • 1-800-582-4673
Something for everyone! From a rainforest to a spectacular 13-story aquarium, Moody Gardens has it all. Soak up the rays in our very own fresh water lagoon at Palm Beach or cruise Offats Bayou on the Colonel Paddlewheeler. For those wanting a 3-D adventure, visit our IMAX theater.

Galveston Island Outdoor Musicals
13 Mile Road • 1-800-54-SHOWS
Over 1,700 people can enjoy Broadway hit musicals in this outdoor amphitheater. Performances are Monday - Saturday. From Cinderella to Grease, you can see musicals and plays for all ages.
Call for a current list of shows.

The Elissa
21st and Harborside • 763-1877
Rescued from the fate of a scrapyard and beautifully restored, this magnificent ship from 1877 is open daily for tours. Price includes self-guided tours of the Texas Seaport Museum and Elissa as well as two theater presentations. Explore the decks of this National Historic Landmark.

The Strand and Historic Downtown
The Strand District, in downtown Galveston, has transformed itself into the "Social and Shopping Center of the Island." For shoppers, this 36-block historic district holds everything one could desire: clothing, factory outlets, souvenirs, art galleries, antique galleries, and excellent restaurants.

The Grand 1894 Opera House
2020 Postoffice • 765-1894 or 1-800-821-1894
Restored to its original state, The Grand is a perfect example of the grand performance halls of the past. The Grand has hosted such notables as the Marx Brothers, Ray Charles and Sandra Bernhardt. Presenting year-round live entertainment the entire family can enjoy, The Grand is a must see. Open for self-guided tours Monday-Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM.

The Bishop’s Palace
1402 Broadway • 762-2475
The most famous architectural wonder in Historic Galveston. Originally called Gresham’s Castle and constructed from limestone, the Bishop’s Palace was built for politician and railroad investor, Walter Gresham in 1892. Designed by N.J. Clayton and included in the Archives of the Library of Congress as an example of early American architecture, you’ll be enamored with the custom wood staircase that dramatically spirals off of the foyer. Open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Ask about the picnic on the patio.

The Moody Mansion
2618 Broadway • 762-7668
What kind of homes did the most influential families in Texas live in during the late 1800’s? Visit Moody Mansion and find out. Owned by Mrs. Narcissa Willis and designed by William H. Tyndall, The Richardsonian Romanesque mansion (as it was called) was built in 1895. It was purchased by W.L. Moody, Jr. in the early 1900’s, just after The Great Storm, and today welcomes visitors from all over the world.

Lonestar Flight Museum
2002 Terminal Drive • 740-7722
Take a step back in history with more than 40 World War II bombers, fighters and trainers. These aircraft have been fully restored to their glory. Air shows are also performed using some of these planes. Located next to Moody Gardens.

Oceanstar Offshore Drilling Rig Museum
Pier 19 • 766-STAR
Board an actual drilling rig at this one-of-a-kind museum. Sponsored by the Offshore Energy Center, this attraction is a must-see featuring exhibits of offshore drilling rigs and how they operate.

Railroad Museum
25th and Strand • 765-5700
Trains, trains and more trains. That’s what visitors find when they visit this museum featuring 20,000 railroad items. More than 40 railroad cars are on display as well as model trains and locomotives. A railroad scene has been created in the old depot which has life-size sculptures of what passengers of the 1920’s would have looked like.

Mardi Gras Museum
23rd and Strand • 763-1133
If you’ve never visited Galveston Island during its annual Mardi Gras Festival, this is your chance to experience all of the excitement. This museum offers a glimpse at costumes and memorabilia from Mardi Gras festivities going back to the 19th century. Items are available for purchase from a gift shop.

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