If you're looking to get some sun and hit the beach with your friends and family this summer, Galveston is easy and handy.
Here are five culinary things you can do in Galveston this summer that will definitely make your trip to the Gulf a whole lot more fun.
Whenever you hit The Strand, head straight to La King's Confectionery for a sweet treat. Enjoy a giant scoop (or two) of ice cream from its ice cream parlor or an old-fashioned soda from the soda fountain. You can also purchase handmade chocolates, candies and saltwater taffy, all made the old-fashioned way. In fact, take a seat in the confectionery to watch the candy maker, Ernest Torres, make candies throughout the day. If you've never been to La King's, you must go this summer.
If you're staying for the weekend, or are getting to Galveston in the morning, hop on over to Mosquito Café for breakfast to start your day right. You can also munch on breakfast from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sundays. Enjoy house-made pancakes or French toast with strawberries and bananas, or keep it light and healthy with a veggie omelette. If you want something überly delicious, order the Mosquito Benedict, which is a homemade cheddar bacon scone covered with shrimp, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, asparagus, and the classic poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. It can't get any better than fresh breakfast and the beach.
3. Dine on Seawall Boulevard
Every time I go to the beach, I make an effort to eat lunch or dinner on Seawall Boulevard. There's something about sitting on a patio or deck, overlooking the water and eating fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. Most restaurants on Seawall Boulevard offer delicious, satisfying seafood meals, and delicious mixed drinks and cocktails, like Fish Tales Seafood Grill, Joe's Crab Shack, The Spot and Gaido's Famous Seafood Restaurant, to name a few.
Cool down after being on the beach all day long with an icy treat from Rita's. Enjoy an Italian ice, or gelato, which is a combo of Italian ice and frozen custard. You can also keep it simple with a sundae or a milkshake. Check the location's Web site for daily flavors. The best way to cool down from the hot sun is with something cold and something sweet; it's the perfect combination.
Not many people think to visit the Galveston's Own Farmers Market when they head to the beach, but the market is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., selling fresh produce, eggs, poultry, cheese and much more. Make a trip to the farmers' market, gather food for lunch or snacks and enjoy it on the beach throughout the day. It's always fun to make a picnic on the beach.