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Galveston - Casey's Report

swamp | Jan 16, 200809:10 AM

Recently dined at Casey's in Galveston a sister restaurant to the famous Gaido's which it shares a building with. Upon entering one of the first things you notice is that classic fish house smell which I understand some would find offensive and others may find a sign of good things to come. It was 7:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night and the place was empty all but about five tables. We opted to sit at the bar. The server was personable and service was quick.

I started with a small bowl. of their gumbo which I must say was one of the strangest gumbos I have every had. First of all the color was green and not one of the usual brown shades created by a roux. Upon tasting I realized it had to do with the fact that the only detectable vegetables in the gumbo were onion and okra. It was called a shrimp gumbo and it did have a healthy serving of shrimp. All in all it was a most disappointing bowl of gumbo with a very strong onion flavor that overpowered everything else.

For dinner I ordered their Mahi mahi fish fingers with a vegetable medley. It came with a salad that was nice with grape tomatoes, red onion, carrots and croutons. One of their dressing choices was a chunky blue cheese which was out of this world. If you are a blue cheese person make sure you try it, nothing but chunks of blue cheese in a bit of vinaigrette.

The fish fingers were very good. I think the Mahi mahi is a good choice for fingers given the firm texture. I know it is basic seafood but Casey's pretty much along with the whole island is a fried seafood kind of place so it seemed like a good choice. Instead of their tartar sauce I opted for their remoulade which was very good.

My dining companion had one of their blacked seafood platters which had salmon, scallops, and shrimp with the Au Gratin potatoes. Of course I did taste some of her plate and found the blackening seasoning to be a little off. It also seemed strange having salmon on a platter at a restaurant that built its' reputation on Gulf seafood.

Overall I will return. They have an extensive menu and and others tell me their various sandwiches are very good. They also do not have a seperate lunch menu but every entree can be ordered in a small or full serving which is a nice choice. Our total tab with four draft beers, small gumbo and two entrees was approximately $47 which is not that bad.

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