Although Rosmond Duzich Thormahlen and Ryanne Duzich aren’t natives, their family, who has helmed popular local enterprises such as Fisherman’s Wharf and The Spot, has been contributing to Galveston’s small-business community for more than two decades. Today, the sisters continue that legacy at Farley Girls Cafe, where they whip up a made-from-scratch spread that, according to their motto, features "a little bit of everything." On weekday afternoons, diners can dig into salads, specialty pizzas, or sandwiches, such as the Mile High meatloaf—a thick slice of homemade meatloaf served on Texas toast. During weekend brunches, guests can create their own omelets or savor a slice of breakfast pizza topped with bacon, eggs, and cheese.
Charcoal-tiled floors and cream-colored walls help cultivate a relaxing ambiance in the dining room, and stained-glassed windows and lofty ceilings emanate an airy, elegant vibe in the indoor patio at the rear of the restaurant.
With a name like Mod, you might expect this coffeehouse to be a prime hangout for writers, poets, artists, and musicians. And you'd be right. But even if live tunes, local art exhibits, and neighborhood game nights aren't your thing, there's still plenty to love about this cozy, downtown Galveston hub—starting with the coffee. Baristas use fair-trade, organic brews to create espressos, americanos, and specialty sips such as white mochas and milky way lattes. The drinks pair perfectly with a selection of housemade pastries that are baked fresh each day, including muffins, rice-krispie treats, and teacakes. The laid-back vibe and comfy chairs make the spot popular with those looking for a quiet place to study or chat with a friend over a glass of specialty tea. Once caffeine cravings are under control, patrons can spend an evening drinking beer or sipping wine out on Mod's patio, which hosts live music every Friday night.
Diners at Board Game Island don’t have to play with their food to enjoy their lunch. While filling their stomachs inside the cafe, they can pull out a game from the library of more than 500 board game titles to suit all ages and interests. Fantasy fans can pair their jerk chicken sandwich and potato chips with a round of A Game of Thrones, and youngsters plotting to capture the family pool for themselves can practice with classic Battleship, all the while snacking on a ham, bacon, and pineapple pizza. The shop also features an espresso bar and baked goods case with snacks and dessert to further fuel tabletop competitions.
Guests dally daily between Four Friends Tea Room's bright walls, supping on quality loose-leaf tea and simple sandwiches and purchasing art right off the walls. Chat up a chum in the intimate Gold Room, or reserve the main dining room, which seats up to 30 people, to host an extended pinkie-jousting tournament. The sumptuous selection of sandwiches, soups, and salads includes the triple-decker club ($7.50), the flaky croissant sandwich ($8.50), and a lovingly concocted salad of tender grilled chicken ($8.50). In addition to day-to-day high ($16) and low ($10) teas, the café carefully pours out tea-room samplers ($8) that give guests a tongue-tickling taste of the shop's leafy luster. The community quenchers at Four Friends Tea Room keep fans abreast of the latest menu items, events, and their incipient tradition of murder-mystery dinner theater on the café's Facebook page.
Antigua Coffee House's brewers take their chosen potion seriously. They use Chemex coffeemakers to brew a quality cup of Joe. They invent unexpected flavor combinations. A local priest even blessed their favorite concoction, the Mayan mocha. To be fair, the Mayan mocha is something special: Antigua's coffeemakers blend raw cacao with cinnamon, stir in raw-cane sugar sourced from Mexico, and add some anise to espresso they say they've roasted according to a secret mathematical formula.
Coffee isn't the only thing at Antiqua Coffee House. While taste buds soak up expertly brewed blends, eyes savor local artwork. The café is so committed to its community's art that it helped organize events like Artwalk: Through the Tunnel. Artwalk was the brainchild of owner Yancey Quinones, who temporarily converted the city's underground tunnels into a welcoming, vibrant exhibition.
Lauded for its “timeless” feel by Houston Press, Chelsea Wine Bar’s creative menu of old-fashioned comfort food pairs perfectly with the restaurant’s weekly live music offerings and waterfront views. Satisfy sandwich-size cravings with the roast-turkey panini, topped with swiss cheese and basil pesto ($6.50), or the brie, tomato, and spinach panini ($6.50). Herbivores and dairy enthusiasts can skip carnivorous options and munch on the cheese flatbread pizza ($5), baked goat-cheese platter ($10), or warm brie plate ($10.50). Dessert-deigning diners can reminisce on childhoods spent roasting marshmallows over the warm glow of the television with the chocolate-mallow conglomeration of Susie’s s’mores ($6.50), which is complemented by a wide selection of gourmet coffee beverages from delectable white mochas ($3.50) to potent double espressos ($2.75).