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The 5 Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Galveston

The time for the great exodus has arrived.

Every summer as the temperatures rise and the oppressively hot days stretch into muggy nights, Houstonians escape the confines of the city for tropical paradise Galveston. No, it's not the loveliest beach in the world (or even in Texas), but it's our beach and our charming seaside neighbor.

Fortunately for those who make the drive to relax on the sand or stroll the Strand, Galveston has a pretty great selection of eateries to choose from. Whether you're looking for upscale dining or a hole-in-the-wall beer and shrimp shack, Galveston has the restaurants to satisfy either desire.

Instead of doing a roundup of the best restaurants in Galveston, though, we thought we'd take a look at some of the great spots that aren't as popular. If you're a Galveston resident, you might already know these places because, well, the island just ain't that big. But if you're planning a day trip, consider checking out one of these great spots off the beaten path.

5. Jack's Pub Galveston has no shortage of lively beach bars and pubs to frequent in between frolics in the ocean, but Jack's is one of the friendliest, and it has great pub fare. Jack's is located just a few blocks south of the strand on Post Office and 24th streets next to Third Coast Bar, a lively gay bar. Regulars visit Jack's for cheap, strong drinks and quality bar food. There aren't any frills here, but if you want a stiff drink and a basket of all things fried or surprisingly great bar pizza served with a smile, Jack's is your kind of place. If you're lucky, Jack himself might even be there holding down the fort. Look for an older gentleman with a shock of white hair nursing a beer at the bar and strike up a conversation. Like most people at Jack's, the man has some stories.

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Kaitlin Steinberg