Earlier this week, I wrote about a hole in the wall called Zydeco, located in lower downtown Houston. A couple weeks earlier, I visited Galveston with my friends Chris, Jay, and fellow blogger Kate, where we visited the beach and the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. After a morning of airplane porn, we refreshed ourselves at Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar, recommended to us courtesy of TripAdvisor. You can find a link to the site here, complete with Zydeco music!
The Gumbo Bar is located on a side street in central Galveston, a nice walkable area with coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and shops. Around the corner, The Star Drug Store, advertised as the “Oldest Drug Store in Texas” has an old-fashion lunch counter serves up diner fare. The ‘drug store’ part has been relegated to mini-packages of aspirin and antacid, but they kindly gave Kate a free bottle of water when we stopped by looking for a headache remedy.
We arrived at the Gumbo Bar shortly before noon, and sat inside – it’s still a bit cool in Galveston in February! For starters, how can you not love a place that offers 62 kinds of beer? The atmosphere in the small restaurant is casual and a little bit funky, the walls are filled with artwork, and the waitresses and bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable. The menu has a wide variety of Cajun and south Texas style delicacies. Among us, we ordered the seafood and the prime rib gumbo, both excellent, and as appetizers we enjoyed some bacon-wrapped, jalapeno-cheese stuffed shrimp, fried okra (yum!) and fried sliced pickles. Of course, even for the four of us, this was too much food. The small gumbo alone was more than I could handle, and even the guys weren’t able to finish their large orders. If you ever get a gumbo that is light colored, that’s not a gumbo, that’s soup. These gumbos started with a perfect roux, so dark it was nearly black. The base alone was worth the trip!
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