Gypsy Joynt – Galveston, Texas

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In a building that has survived multiple hurricanes, a little hippie restaurant opened that’s a definite winner. Gypsy Joynt is an eclectic mix of atmosphere, food, coffees, and desserts that’s sure to grab your attention. Don’t be fooled by the exterior where the flagpoles proudly bear bandannas, t-shirts and jeans, this place rocks.

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From the time we walked in to the time we left, we were treated to an array of Rolling Stones music. Seemed to be the sound of the day and we didn’t mind in the slightest. The dj booth is built of what looks like scavenged wood, with racks of LPs, and a command station presided over by a computer that rules the sound system. I didn’t get too good a look at the rest of the goodies in the booth, as there was so much more to see.

There’s a lot of dark wood, including the tables and mismatched chairs, that helps to give a comfortably cave-like feel to the interior, Shawls hung over the windows, scarves and beads from the ceiling, with a scattered mix of period posters, toys, and other implementada ranging from the late 50’s to the mid 70’s along the walls. The bar top (they do serve beer) where you place your order, is cut from an old pool table. The slab still has it’s felt jacket, and the pockets their leather baskets.

Pick up a menu and be prepared for a wild ride!

From pizza to focacia sandwiches and wraps, to salads to a truly decadent dessert bar, this place seems to have a little bit of everything.

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Smoretella – Nutella, toasted marshmallow, Graham cracker.

Autumn Cocoa – fudge, pumpkin spice, homemade pumpkin marshmallow.

 

 

Rocco Rocks – mac-n-cheese and brisket pizza. Think what you will, but one of our tablemates called it “possibly the perfect pizza”.

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dsc_0021Big & Sloppy – a chili cheeseburger that might best be served on a plate instead of a burger basket! I ordered bunless and was not disappointed. The grilled sirloin patty was served up beneath sliced cheddar and a ton of house-made chili. The chili wasn’t hot, which was a very pleasant change from today’s trend toward scorching your face off, though it usually comes with hot onions and jalapenos. Yes, those are sweet potato waffle fries.

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I Love Lucy – This lovely combo sandwich was ordered as a wrap. Stuffed with ham, pulled pork, Swiss cheese, house-made pickles and mustard, it was a tasty and filling meal when coupled with the sweet potato waffle fries.

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House-made pickles – What a pleasant surprise! With a firm crunch, these thick wavy slices come in somewhere between hamburger dills and kosher, with a sweet afterglow on the back of the tongue.

 

When next you are on Galveston Island and feeling a bit peckish, skip the Strand and give this Joynt a try.

On the 1-5 scale, Gypsy Joynt gets:
Cleanliness – 4.5
Service – 3
Quality of food – 5
Flavor – 5
Pricing – 3.5
Overall experience – 4.2

Gypsy Joynt
2711 Market Street
Galveston, Texas 77550
409-497-2069

 

— Ann Cathey

Fiorella’s Cafe in the French Quarter – NOLA

My partner, I found out, had never had a real muffuletta. I decided I needed to expose him to my favorite hidden market in the French Quarter, but was saddened to find that it had been washed out by Hurricane Ike and had not been rebuilt. With a heavy sigh, we wandered about for a while before spotting a sandwich board on the sidewalk that mentioned muffulettas.

DSC_0214We actually glanced at each other and shrugged. We would give it a shot. Thus we found Fiorella’s Cafe, an Italian restaurant that offers my new favorite muffuletta in NOLA.

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We perused the menu as good foodies will do, but there was no question as to what we would order. We decided to order a whole muff with the intent to each have a quarter and take the rest back to the hotel with us for a snack later. The size of the plate made us think we might actually pull that off.

The whole muffuletta, with seasoned fries.

The whole muffuletta, with seasoned fries.

A quarter cut, showing the goodness inside.

A quarter cut, showing the goodness inside.

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Love at first bite.

That was not to be, however. We tucked in and wound up eating whole thing. Why? It was just that good and after hiking about in the French Quarter, we were just that hungry.

Just in case you didn't catch that, he loves the muffuletta!

Just in case you didn’t catch that, he loves the muffuletta!

On the 1-5 scale, Fiorella’s Cafe gets:
Cleanliness – 3.5
Service – 5
Quality of food – 5
Flavor – 5
Pricing – 4
Overall experience – 4.5

Fiorella’s Cafe
1136 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 553-2155

— Ann Cathey

Food Porn – Episode 7

This episode of Food Porn is brought to you by places we have visited. The food photos were, as they have been in this series, culled from stock photography. I’ve added a little info about each one, though I’m told they speak for themselves.

 

 

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Roast Beef Sandwich from WhichWich, Conroe, Texas

 

 

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The Wicked with spinach, WhichWich, Conroe, Texas

 

 

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Bronco Burrito on a whole wheat tortilla, Galveston, Texas

 

 

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3 egg omelet with fried potatoes at 105 Cafe, Conroe, Texas

 

 

 

 

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Swiss & Mushroom Burger at 105 Cafe, Conroe, Texas

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Fried crawfish at Benno’s on the Beach, Galveston, Texas

 

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Cajun Platter, including fried oysters, shrimp and fish, at Benno’s on the Beach, Galveston, Texas

Food Porn 3

I pulled a few photos from an album I started on Facebook a few of years ago. the food photos were, as they have been in this series, culled from stock photography. They were previously marked with where they were taken, in case you find any of them interesting enough to track down and sample.

The following temptations were photographed at two restaurants in the Conroe, Texas area: Which-Wich and the 105 Cafe. While Which-Wich is a chain of tasty sandwich offerings, the 105 Cafe has been covered in this blog previously. Check it out here [insert link to blog entry].

Surf & Turf

Rueben Sammich

Peppered Kettle style Potato Chips

Feta And Spinach Omelette

Smoked Chicken Omelette

Thick Pancakes

— Ann Cathey