Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. was created to produce events that would be beneficial to the entire Galveston Island by drawing traffic to downtown during historically poor weekends. Local businesses have benefited from each event organized by Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. due to innovated marketing opportunities.
The chefs at Steve's Landing on Bolivar Peninsula, a short ferry ride from Galveston Island, are very picky about the sources of the ingredients in their surf and turf. There is, however, one ingredient they never turn down: a customer's own catch of the day. They can park their boats at the restaurant's dock after a day on the water and bring in their fish for chefs to filet and prepare in the fashion of one of the restaurant's featured dishes. This means that their locally caught filets can be transformed into fish tacos or be drizzled in chimichurri sauce just like the house salmon. Guests can also enjoy waterfront dining and an outside patio bar with their meals.
Along with these American classics, the cooks prepare the fruits of the sea in a variety of international flavors. Fresh snapper, fresh fruit mojitos, and crab cakes await hungry customers. They marinate shrimp in a tandoori sauce, serve jumbo lump crab cakes with a Cajun remoulade, and serve up fresh mounds of oysters during oyster season starting every November. All of these dishes can be paired with one of the house's premium steaks––including a 10-ounce filet mignon and a 12-ounce ribeye––to create the perfect balance of flavors.
From their table at Jimmy's on the Pier, people can take in unobstructed views of the gulf, watching as waves bob gently toward the shore. On chillier days, the warmth from the fireplace radiates throughout the space, almost as welcome as the scent of fresh-baked breads coming from the kitchen. Those breads are used to sandwich everything from po' boys to burgers, both of which pair perfectly with hand-cut fries seasoned with sea salt. There's fresh seafood as well?the fish tacos are quite popular?and gluten-free pumpkin pancakes Jimmy's swears rival their traditionally prepared desserts. In the morning, a full espresso bar churns out coffee and lattes, and in the evening, bartenders serve up one of 100 beers and wines.
Hailing from humble beginnings in a renovated Mississippian gas station, McAlister's Deli has revolutionized the concept of fast food with healthy fare recognized by Parents in 2009. Premium ingredients, such as Black Angus roast beef and black forest ham, pile upon stuffed potatoes or artisan bread, sating hungers and silencing stomachs before they recite bank-account numbers. As patrons wait for servers to deliver meals, they sip signature sweet tea, swirled together onsite daily from pure cane sugar and a rainforest-certified black-tea blend as dictated by a closely guarded recipe.
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.
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.