Brunch On The Island: Mosquito Café

Mosquito Café is housed in a large yet quaint, renovated, two-story, 158-year-old structure in Galveston's historic East end, a little bit off the beaten path if you're accustomed to The Strand and Seawall. For 12 years, the cafe has been serving fresh, eclectic food ranging from sandwiches, pasta and salads to inspired brunch dishes in a spacious and bright atmosphere. The high ceilings and large windows provide a light, open space to enjoy a good meal on a sunny day if their patio happens to be packed.

My mom and I were in Galveston this past weekend for a change of scenery and to do a little shopping (only 82 days until Christmas!). We woke starving on Sunday morning and after reading several rave reviews for Mosquito Café online, decided to go for brunch.

Arriving at 11, we had no trouble parking, but a line snaked out the door. We waited for about 15 minutes to place our orders at the counter and snagged the only available table on the patio outside. It was a perfect 75 degrees and sunny as we sipped mimosas ($8 each, $21 for a liter) made with fresh squeezed OJ and waited for our Mosquito Benedict ($12), which we both ordered, as neither of us felt like sharing.

Our food arrived quickly and was beautifully presented. Mosquito Benedict consists of a house-baked scone covered with mushrooms, shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, asparagus and poached eggs topped with hollandaise. It also comes with a side -- we chose cheese grits. Basically, the only thing "Benedict" about it is the hollandaise and the poached egg, but I'm not complaining; it was amazing. There were five large, spicy-marinated sautéed shrimp; there were only a few sun-dried tomatoes, but they definitely didn't skimp on the mushrooms or artichoke hearts -- artichoke in every bite, I tell you! The eggs were poached perfectly, with runny yolks and firm, set whites. The savory scone was delicious, grilled and crisp on the edges.

Other brunch options include the Nancy BET-C (hickory smoked peppered bacon, melted Swiss, two poached eggs and roasted tomato on a toasted croissant), corned beef hash tacos and crust-less quiche. Sure, I'd like to try something else on the menu, but I think I'm already stuck on Mosquito Benedict. Like their slogan says, "all it takes is one bite."

Mosquito Café is located at 628 14th Street in Galveston. They're closed Mondays, but open Tuesdays through Fridays for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mosquito breakfast is served Saturdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and all day on Sunday, which is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PattyCake's, Mosquito Café's sister bakery, is just across the street. I recommend the pumpkin bar if you have any room after brunch. Or grab one to go- it's fantastic with a cup of coffee.

Have you ever been to Mosquito Café in Galveston? Do you have a favorite brunch spot on the island? Let us know in the comments section.

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Ginny Braud
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