No shirt, no shoes? No problem at these area food trucks and stands
It’s easy to work up an appetite when you’re tackling the waves and soaking up some sun. It’s also easy to grab a casual lunch at area food trucks, trailers and stands where the philosophy is simple: no shirt, no shoes, no problem whatsoever. Here are just a few places to grab a bite and head back to the beach.
Darlene’s Shrimp Shack
You can’t miss Darlene’s Shrimp Shack, a boldly painted seafood joint on wheels parked next to Aunt Margie’s Bait Camp. The shack serves up super fresh shrimp baskets in a variety of styles: fried, coconut, buffalo, Cajun, fajita and more.
Distance to the beach: 1.1 miles
1727 61st St., Galveston, 409.740.4118
Taqueria Melchor Ocampo
A go-to for Mexican food on the island, this taqueria has a mobile branch at 48th Street and Seawall Boulevard. It’s not all tacos and tortas, though. You’ll also find burgers and hot dogs for the taking.
Distance to the beach: 0 miles
4800 Seawall Blvd., 409.539.8825
Shrimp ‘N Stuff
If you’re on the island’s West End, pop over to the parking lot of the Jamaica Beach carwash, which is home to the mobile outpost of homegrown seafood shack, Shrimp ‘N Stuff. For a lunch that packs a punch, try the fried shrimp tacos with cabbage, which are topped with creamy chipotle sauce and served with sides of pico de gallo and black bean relish.
Distance to the beach: 0.1 miles
16510 Jamaica Beach Road, Jamaica Beach, 409.539.2459, www.shrimpnstuff.com
Better at the Beach BBQ
Beans and coleslaw are fine, but barbecue is best served with a side of view. If leaving the shore is too much to stomach, find your protein at this popular spot on the seawall at 53rd Street. Owner Joe Miller has everything on the menu, from pulled pork sandwiches to chicken wings, which are both hot ticket items.
Distance to the beach: 0 miles
5300 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 254.337.1010
Jenny from the Block
If you’re looking for a taste of Puerto Rico without having to brave airport security lines, head to Jenny from the Block. Owner Jennifer Perez is cooking up a host of family recipes, and the sandwiches are particularly top-notch. Try the Cubano — a stack of slow-roasted pork, seared ham and Swiss cheese, lightly slathered in sauce and topped with house-made pickles.
Distance to the beach: 0.9 miles
2122 61st St., Galveston, 409.996.7220, www.facebook.com/jennyfromtheblocktx
Golden Rooster Taqueria
There’s more than meets the eye at the Golden Rooster, which hit the streets of Galveston this year. Though it’s billed as a taqueria, the menu offers everything from ham and cheese omelets to hamburgers. If you’re in the mood for Mexican, try the Torta Mexicana, which is served with Mexican beef steak, sausage and a fresh garnish of avocado, tomato, lettuce and jalapeño.
Distance to the beach: 1.2 miles
3324 Broadway, Galveston, 409.599.9809
The Smoking Pig, Crystal Beach
If you happen to be spending the day on Bolivar Peninsula, try The Smoking Pig, where you’ll find a decadent buffet of tender, fall-off-the-bone barbecue. Everything is smoked onsite.
Distance to the beach: 0.6 miles
1712 state Highway 87, Crystal Beach, 409.443.1131, www.facebook.com/TheSmokingPig/