Where Gulf seafood lovers get the royal treatment
Walking into Bubba’s Shrimp Palace, you quickly discover it has atmosphere. In spades. Pastel painted doors hang from the ceiling, forming a patchwork quilt. Enormous antler chandeliers light the bar. A prized collection of taxidermy is prominently displayed throughout the dining room. A full-size piano is mounted to a wall, just out of reach. The effect is curiously cheerful, purposely eclectic and most definitely laid back.
Guests have their choice of arriving at the restaurant by car or tying up their boat along the dock extending out into the water.
Large garage doors can be raised, allowing diners unobstructed views of Galveston Bay and balmy breezes to caress their cheeks. Picnic tables rest closer shore, giving patrons the opportunity to enjoy a meal or cocktail with their toes in the sand.
Once seated, friendly attentive servers quickly plop down complimentary baskets of hush puppies, thin-cut potato chips and bottles of dipping sauces, while diners cruise the menu.
Many of the dishes are available fried, grilled or blackened with a choice of traditional sides, including coleslaw, hand-cut french fries and onion rings. Best known for fried shrimp, Bubba’s house breading is mixed daily in the kitchen. The resulting batter fries up exceptionally light, crispy and flavorful. Another customer favorite, steaming shrimp pots, include spicy peel-and-eat Gulf shrimp accompanied by clarified butter, sliced sausage, corn and new potatoes. Landlubbers visiting Bubba’s can order hand-breaded chicken-fried steak, Southern-fried chicken, several types of burgers and steaks. A child’s menu also is available.
Weekday specials offer some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes in unlimited quantities. Endless fried chicken, fried catfish, steak and Bubba’s signature fried shrimp are generously served until guests reluctantly wave the white flag.
Mondays are especially popular, with a steady crowd of regulars taking advantage of the rewards night. Platter after platter of fried shrimp leave the kitchen throughout the dinner rush; as much as 500 pounds are consumed, depending on the turnout. One diner even holds the record for eating 136 shrimp in a single sitting.
Sipping a cold beverage, eating golden-fried Gulf shrimp, watching boats glide by beneath a sunny afternoon sky — there are worse ways to spend a day.
Bubba’s Shrimp Palace reminds guests to embrace the leisurely pace of Gulf Coast life, all while treating them like royalty.
Bubba’s Shrimp Palace
113 Sixth St., San Leon