The Best BBQ in Galveston

Queens Bar-B-Que

Queens has the best barbeque I’ve found on Galveston Island.  I’m not quite the foodie that Ann Cathey is, but I’ve always been a picky eater, and I’ve always enjoyed food.  My partner-in-crime, Laura, introduced me to Queens not too long after we moved to Galveston, and it was love at first bite.



Queens has the best French Dip I’ve had to date, and they serve it on a baked potato as well as on bread.  The sandwich consists of soft bread, roast beef and cheddar cheese. The sandwich comes with au jus and a pickle, and due to the sFrench Dipize, that’s all it needs, because you can make two meals out of the sandwich.  The baked potato comes with butter, cheese, roast beef, and au jus.  Once again, this can easily be made into two meals.



Queens is best known for its Cliffhanger, a smoked turkey sandwich with melted cheddar and jalapeno cheese, chives, and ranch dressing on a large bun. The best way to get it is with a jalapeno cheddar bun, and Laura gets a side of barbecue sauce to dip it in.


We have been to Queens several times now and have tried different things as they appeal.  I finally got brave enough to try the Cliffhanger, and it was as amazing as everyone said it was.  I’ve also had the brisket chili on a baked potato, which you will not find on the menu, but the staff is more than willing to accommodate such oddball requests, provided we don’t abuse them.

The service has been excellent whenever we’ve gone in, and the place is always clean.  The prices are typical for Galveston, and not bad for a sit-down hole-in-the-wall.  The Cliffhanger is $7.20, the French Dip is $9.20, and baked potatoes start out at $5.  The only complaint I’ve ever had about Queens is that they don’t deliver.

On the 1-5 scale, Queens Bar-B-Que gets:
Cleanliness – 4.5
Service – 5
Quality of food – 5
Flavor – 5
Pricing – 4
Overall experience – 4.7

Queens Bar-B-Que
3428 Avenue S
Galveston, TX 77550

— Erin McGowan


EDIT: Here are a few more photos from Ann Cathey’s recent visit to Queen’s BBQ.

The atmosphere is Texas kitsch.

The atmosphere is Texas kitsch.


The massive stuffed baked potato.


A three meat plate – ribs, brisket, and sausage – with double mac-n-cheese.

The ribs are large and meaty. Messy, too.

The ribs are large and meaty. Messy, too.


Christopher managing to keep the sauce out of his facial hair.

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