We asked on Facebook: What is the quintessential dish or dessert of the upper Texas coast?
Seafood gumbo with fried shrimp, and pecan pie for dessert.
Shrimp any way: boiled, fried, grilled — it’s better than any lobster from the north shore. Seafood gumbo is the best. I’ll take it any day over clam chowder. Gulf Coast seafood is by far the best seafood around. Top it off with bread pudding.
Elizabeth Urbani Kinard
Homemade strawberry ice cream, and blackened red fish right out of the water from the dock and on the grill into your mouth.
Brenda Bumpas Johnstone
Oyster Bar Trash over buttered rice. So good.
Kimberly McGowen Fontaine
Redfish topped with shrimp and crawfish, with a cup of Blue Bell at the end of the meal.
Definitely the shrimp po’boy. We used to get ours from Pier 21, the old Fisherman’s Wharf — fresh, fresh, fresh!
Heather MacBeth Estrada
Coca-Cola cake, my Mom’s crab cakes and shrimp and eggplant casserole.
Judy Buxton Elmendorf
I grew up on fried blue crab claws and boiled shrimp. Hard to go wrong with those! For dessert, my Mom’s blackberry cobbler made with Galveston Island fresh-picked blackberries or, keeping it Galveston, an ice cream cone or shake made with some Purity Ice Cream. Delicious!
Grilled shrimp from Surfside, Texas.
Baked, buttered flounder and French bread pudding.
Fried shrimp and apple pie.
I vote fried shrimp.
Sally Shelton Rush
Fried shrimp, pecan pie, Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream. Yum.
Wonderful, dark gumbo filled with Gulf shrimp, crabs and oysters.
Fresh, fried snapper tacos with coleslaw.
Shrimp and grits.
Lynn Kantor Parks
Mandie McMillan Crowder
When you live on the coast, there’s a huge grocery store where everyone can shop for free. I love to visit friends and find out what they can do with shrimp, crabs, oysters, fin fish, or whatever treasures the Gulf has to offer.
Blackened speckled trout with fresh-squeezed lime.
Fried shrimp and pecan pie.
Sautéed shrimp over wild rice with lump crabmeat.
Warm butter cake at Grotto.
Gaido’s pecan pie in the shape of Texas!