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Foodie Tour of the Upper Texas Coast

Foodie Tour of the Upper Texas Coast

So you think you’re a foodie? What you’ll love about the Upper Texas Coast is that we’ve got something for everyone. And every one of these stops is a “foodie must-do” on the Upper Texas Coast. 

Let’s start our Foodie Tour of the Upper Texas Coast in Jefferson County. Our first stop is at J. Wilson’s, 4190 Gladys Avenue, in Beaumont. J. Wilson’s, which opened in 2016, keeps the community coming back for more with favorites like their Man Candy, which is slow, smoked pork belly tossed in habanero jelly. You’ll also want to order their Oyster Nachos. Locals also recommend their flatbreads and burgers. Insider Tip: Sit at the bar. They offer 25 bottles of bourbon and a rotating beer tap. 

Next, we’re heading to Port Arthur for Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp, 3400 Jimmy Johnson Blvd. Locals recommend Cajun Fried Ribs, Steak Nachos, and Shrimp Etouffee Stuffed Pistolettes. Their Facebook page describes their food as MEXICAJUN. You’ll also find a Tia Juanita’s in Beaumont.

Next, we’re heading to Galveston County for Smokin’ D’s BBQ Fusion, 2625 SH 35 N, Unit 191, in Alvin. The Cooking Channel has featured Owner and Chef Dustin Jimenez, a third-generation pit master. Locals love his Brisket Macdilla, BBS Baos, Fried Honey Sriracha Brussel Sprouts, and any of his BBQ plates. He incorporates Tex-Mex, Asian, and Creole flavors into his cooking style.

Another must-do stop in Galveston County is Maceo Spice & Import Company, 2706 Market, in Galveston. Rosario Maceo is the nephew of the legendary muffuletta maker Toni Lovi from New Orleans. He brought his family recipe to Galveston. His son Ronnie Maceo continues the tradition. Maceo Spice is in a popular area called West Market. 

Let’s continue to Brazoria County.  Since you’re traveling along the coast, you’d better stop at the Red Snapper Inn, 402 Bluewater Highway, in Surfside Beach. Red Snapper Inn prepares its fresh gulf seafood with a taste of Greek and Cajun influence. Locals recommend the Crab Florentine. According to Texas Monthly, Texas Highways, and numerous other publications, this is one of the best seafood establishments on the Texas coast. 

Next on the list are two stops in Matagorda County. First, stop at the Fat Grass Restaurant and Bar, 1717 7th Street, in Bay City. Chef Shawn C. Watkins has traveled around the world and trained in the French method of cooking, known as “Le Cordon Bleu.” Their specialty is the Fat Grass Ribeye and Grilled Sirloin. Check their Facebook page for specials.  

Who would have thought a convenience store would make an excellent stop for Foodies? Our last visit is at The Point, 601 First Street, in Palacios. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown featured The Point in the Houston segment, which aired in October 2016. Locals enjoy their comfort food, like meatloaf, and their Vietnamese specials. You’ll also see delicious comfort food on their menu: picture Maple Pecan Crusted Pork Chops or Pork Guisado with Mexican Rice. Check their Facebook page for their current specials. 

We encourage you to look for those locally owned small restaurants as you explore the Upper Texas Coast. One of the great things about Texas is people are always willing to give a recommendation. Search our website’s Things to Do section for suggestions for the Upper Texas Coast. 

Lone Star Coastal Alliance is committed to promoting nature and heritage tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities in Jefferson, Galveston, Brazoria, and Matagorda Counties. 

Restaurant Cheat Sheet:

J. Wilson’s, 4190 Gladys Avenue, in Beaumont

Where to Stay in Beaumont: MCM Elegante Hotel

Drive Time/Miles to Port Arthur Restaurant: 20 min/18.7 miles

Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp, 3400 Jimmy Johnson Blvd., in Port Arthur, TX

Where to Stay in Port Arthur: Sabine Lake Lodge

Drive Time/Miles to Alvin Restaurant: 1 hr, 51 min/108 miles

Smokin D’s BBQ Fusion, 2625 SH 35 N, Unit 191, in Alvin, TX

Drive Time/Miles to Galveston Restaurant: 42 min/33.5 miles

Maceo Spice & Import Company, 2706 Market, in Galveston, TX

Where to Stay in Galveston: The Tremont House

Drive Time/Miles to Surfside Restaurant: 59 min/39.4 miles

Red Snapper Inn, 402 Bluewater Highway, in Surfside Beach

Where to Stay in Surfside: Breeze Hotel & RV Park

Drive Time/Miles to Bay City Restaurant: 59 min/49.6 miles

Fat Grass Restaurant and Bar, 1717 7th Street, in Bay City

Drive Time/Miles to Palacios Restaurant: 28 min/28.5 miles

The Point, 601 First Street, in Palacios

Where to Stay in Palacios: Hotel Blessing 

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