The legendary Gilhooley’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar

By Rick Clapp

Gilhooley’s is a name that is as synonymous with the Galveston Bay Area as Joe’s Stone Crab is in Miami, Fla.

These two landmark restaurants are polar opposites — one being known as a world famous seaside dive located in San Leon, Texas that serves the freshest succulent oysters from Galveston Bay while the other is Joe’s, one of the top first class restaurants in the universe, serving the best indescribably delicious Stone Crab Claws, slaw and tangy Key Lime Pie!

No reason to head to Miami. Just take a short jaunt to San Leon to one of the Top 10 Dives in America.  Gilhooley’s was recently rated No. 1 by GQ Magazine, as well as No. 1 in other periodicals such as Trip Advisor and many others around the world.  Gilhooley’s is also popular with the Hollywood movie crowd.  A recent filming of the Bay House, starring Leslie Ann Warren and Barry Corbin, was shot on site at the eatery this past November.

Gilhooley’s serves, without a doubt, the freshest oysters, as well as a variety of seafood dishes such as large fried shrimp, fried oysters, oyster stew, mouth-watering gumbo, burgers, salads and much more.  Its daily specials are not only freshly made but tasty and extremely affordable.  Some of the daily specials include a whole stuffed flounder with two sides, beef vegetable soup (owner Misho’s favorite), delicious chicken fried steak, soups, salads, sandwiches and raw oysters. They also offer Boudin and Sausage, poor boys that are more than a mouthful and a full menu that is to die for!

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