More GypsyJoynt – Galveston, TX

We covered a little place called GypsyJoynt in Galveston previously. We enjoyed it so much, we have gone again a few times.

It turns out they add new things to the menu all the time, usually in the form of specials. They also still have hidden gems for us to discover and rediscover all over the regular menu. We’d like to share a few we recently ran across.


Muffeletta Pizza – olive oil base, olive relish, mozzarella, salami, ham, mortadella, Provalone and Parmesan. We thought it sounded good and decided that it tasted better than it sounded!



Big & Sloppy – burger smothered in housemade chili, and cheddar, sweet potato tots and housemade pickles on the side. Normally this is on a beautiful bun, but it was ordered bunless for a lower carb experience.



Nola Rays – Cajun BBQ shrimp and crawfish tails on Focaccia, mixed greens, tomato, and avocado sauce, with house fries on the side. The lid was lifted for this photo to give you an idea of the stuffing inside.



Vita Viva – Focaccia burger with bacon, cheddar, mixed greens, tomato, onion, housemade pickles and mayo, with house mac-n-cheese on the side.


On the 1-5 scale, Gypsy Joynt still 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

— Ann Cathey

The Beef Jerky Outlet – Galveston

It seems like there is always something new to discover in Galveston, Texas, and my two most recent discoveries are well worth talking about. The first, I’ll address in this post. The second…well, you’ll have to come back and read all about it!

The first of my two newest discoveries in Galveston is the Beef Jerky Outlet. There are franchises of this store scattered across the country, but I’d never heard of the place until I stumbled upon the one on the Strand in Galveston.

I’d been toying with the idea of going inside for a while, but every time I happened to be in the Strand area, the shop had either closed up for the night or I was running low on funds. Finally, though, I had money and time, and I went inside.

The Outlet in Galveston is a small shop, but it isn’t like Jerky requires a lot of space. The walls are neatly lines with packet after packet of jerky of every type imaginable (and some I never would have imagined). There are also “barrels” set up around the room that hide open packets of jerky and tongs that the staff is not only willing but eager to let you sample. Not all of the types or jerky are available for sample, but many (15 or so) are.

Now, the jerky itself. This place has a wide, wide variety. There were all sorts of beef varieties, including Blazin’ Cajun, 3 Beer BBQ Rub, Cherry Maple, and Peppercorn. There were also quite a few turkey jerky varieties. But they don’t stop there; the Beef Jerky Outlet offers some interest types of jerky: chicken, crawfish, bacon, venison, duck, buffalo, elk, salmon, alligator, and even kangaroo!

My partner-in-crime and I opted to try the Slap Ya Mama crawfish jerky (which mostly tasted like the Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning –hot!) and then the maple-glazed bacon jerky (which tasted exactly like you’d think it would…heavenly). We also tried the PB Crave products that they carry. Erin opted to try the chocolate and peanut butter version, which she really liked, and I tried the kind with banana, which I found disappointing (the banana part tasting like banana flavoring rather than actual banana).

After much, much perusing and discussing, Erin and I made our selections and took them home. Erin bought a 4oz bag of the maple-glazed bacon jerky and I bought three jerky sticks (venison, buffalo, and elk).

We had a little taste-testing party later, and our opinions of the three flavors actually lined up (a rarity).

  • The venison did not win any points with us. It had a decent flavor, but the texture was dry and crumbly. It made me feel almost like I had a mouth full of tobacco or tea leaves. Not something we will purchase again (though we might try the actual jerky instead of the jerky stick).
  • The elk had a much better texture, and a wonderful flavor. It was juicy—unusual for jerky of any kind—and absolutely delicious. It’s a type I definitely will buy again and will share with my foodie friends.
  • The buffalo had an even better flavor than the elk, though it lacked the juiciness. It also had a very nice texture. Again, I will buy it again and share with friends.

Overall, although the products are a little pricey (as all jerky is), I’m very glad we stumbled into the Beef Jerky Outlet. I love that you can try many of the products and that the staff is friendly, enthusiastic, and helpful. Whether, like me, you just like to try new things or you’re a die-hard jerky enthusiast, this place needs to be on your “to visit” list when you’re in Galveston.

— L.B. Clark

Fisherman’s Wharf – Galveston, Texas

Fisherman’s Wharf is one of my favorite restaurants in Galveston. They have a wide selection of seafood–including more types of fish than I have ever seen in any one restaurant–as well as a few non-seafood options. They can always be counted on to provide good service, too. And as an added bonus, the tall ship Elissa is moored right behind the restaurant, so the view is lovely.

On our most recent visit to Fisherman’s Wharf, my dining companion and I tried some new dishes. We started with the mini crab cakes, she moved on to the lobster and crab bisque, and then she opted for the crab stuffed shrimp while I chose the cajun stuffed pork chop.

The crab cakes were exactly what I expected; that is to say, they were more like crab fritters, with far too much “filler” as compared to the amount of crab. However, they were topped with lump crab and served with a Dijon cream sauce that was absolutely divine. My dining companion isn’t usually much for condiments or mustard in most of its many forms, but she agreed with me that the Dijon sauce was to die for. The bisque wasn’t anything surprising, but that’s not to say it wasn’t excellent (because it was). It was a standard seafood bisque, creamy and delicious. The few bites I had made me wish I’d ordered my own cup.

Then the entrees appeared. Finally, I was surprised, and pleasantly so. I must confess that I didn’t pay much attention to my companion’s entree. I didn’t try a bite or even ask her how it was; I was too entranced by my own meal to give a thought to anyone else’s.

The cajun stuffed pork chop is described on the menu as “A blackened center-cut chop with crab stuffing, topped with crawfish tails in a Louisiana style BBQ sauce, served with fried new potatoes.” This description does not do it justice. The sauce was unlike any barbecue sauce I’ve ever tasted, bold but not sweet and a perfect complement to both the chop and the potatoes. The chop was stuffed so full of crab stuffing (similar to the crab cake mixture) that I found myself scooping it out to make cutting the chop easier. The flavors melded together perfectly into one of the most surprisingly delightful meals I’ve had recently.


While the restaurant is a Landry’s-owned chain restaurant, it is unique enough in it’s menu and location for me to recommend it to both locals and tourists. The prices are not for the faint of heart or light of wallet, but the quality of food and service makes it a good value (especially in a tourist town).

On the 1-5 scale, Fisherman’s Wharf gets:

Cleanliness – 5
Service – 5
Quality of food – 5
Flavor – 5
Pricing – High moderate (entrees are $16.99 and up)
Overall experience – 5

-LB Clark