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Galveston/Crystal Beach Report

James Cristinian | Feb 27, 2009 04:56 PM

My first trip back to Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula after Hurricane Ike was for several reasons. I wanted to check out my fishing spot on Bolivar, and see and eat at some of the restaurants and seafood stands. Right off the causeway we checked out Clary's, a favorite. I was glad to see that it was intact, although being right on the water it must have been gutted. There was a sign out front for a marble company remodeling, plus a truck from another company in the parking lot. It looks like they will reopen. We hit Benno's on the seawall, outstanding grilled oysters and shrimp. I have to brag here, I am able to duplicate those oysters at home. It was good to see a line of about fifteen people at around 1130 am, Galveston is coming back. Crossed over to Bolivar, checked out my fishing spot on the beach, it's accessible, but they must have lost 75 feet or so of beach on the Gulf. We drove down to Gilchrist, the destruction was progressively worse, almost a moonscape, u-turned and hit Stingaree for some fried oysters to enjoy in the ferry line. They only recently re-opened, and are open Thursday-Sunday. Crossed back on the ferry to check out some of the seafood places on the water across from the Strand at 20th. Joe's Crab Shack is still closed(no loss), but I was happy to see Katie's seafood was open, but Samford and Son nest door was still closed. I bought some 10-15 fresh shrimp, but I'm kicking myself for not buying some of their beautiful red snapper and grouper. Get down to Galveston and spend some cash, they need it.

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