Caroline Starry LeBlanc
- September 13, 2013
Porch Café at Beachtown, 1625 East Beach Dr., Galveston, 409.762.0808; beachtowngalveston.com
On Galveston’s East Beach, the Porch Café has opened in the chic Beachtown development (second floor of the Town Center building), a breezy, island restaurant with a menu fit for foodies. With veteran chef and island favorite Stephen Griffith at the helm (he made 901 Postoffice restaurant an Island favorite), Porch Café offers up fresh coastal American fare focusing on top-notch ingredients such as locally sourced Wagyu beef. Go casual with fruit and vegetable salads, sandwiches, flatbread pizzas and an expansive array of locally caught seafood. But chef Griffith shows his culinary muscle with such standouts as boudin-stuffed jalapeños (crawfish, corn, jicama slaw), Beachtown mixed grill (half-lobster, Gulf shrimp, smoked sausage, petite filet, pasilla chili broth) and enchiladas of barbecue shrimp and Wagyu beef marinated hanger steak. More Hamptons in feel than Texas, the vernacular of the Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company-designed development was inspired by Galveston’s architectural heritage, Carolina Low Country and New Orleans courtyards. The breeze-inducing wraparound porches and indoor market dining area are crisp and bright with white seating and walls, high exposed ceilings and stunning Gulf views. Open Thursday through Sunday.