The first time we ate at Fisherman’s Wharf, in Galveston, Texas, years ago, we had just driven down from Fort Worth. Our plans for a sunny holiday were dashed as we drove through a torrential thunderstorm. We were starving, and saw a light from their window, and like a beacon from a light house, it drew us in. We were warmly welcomed by the staff, who took us in and comforted us. There were only a few other customers, and we were seated in a section that had huge windows overlooking the famous ship, Elisa. Pelicans, seagulls and other tropical birds sat on the posts on a patio that was meant for outdoor dining. We saw ships and shrimp boats tossing and turning from our ocean view inside the restaurant. I don’t remember what we ate so many years ago other than to say it was the freshest, most delicious sea food I had ever put in my mouth. As the meal came to an end, we were eating a piece of Key lime pie, with a rich hot coffee, as the thunder and lightning crashed around the historic Elisa. We felt like we were part of the crew, fighting the storm. The song “Rainy Night in Georgia” came on, and we looked at each other and declared that evening our best dining experience ever. Fast forward many years, and we have just crossed the bridge onto the island and headed straight to Fisherman’s Wharf. We are greeted warmly, and I ask if there is a table with a view of the Elisha, and she takes us to the same table we had so many years ago. Our server, Wesley, welcomes us and he asks if we would like appetizers. I tell him we are really hungry, and ask what is fast and good. He says the mini crab cakes are very popular, I nod my head and he places the order. In minutes, four golden brown, crispy cakes appear snuggled in a sauce that compliments, not overpowers, the large hunks of fresh crab. Best I have ever eaten, unbelievable! Next, we share a spinach salad that has bacon, eggs and sautéed button mushrooms that is served with a warm, smoky bacon vinaigrette. Now, Wesley has suggested that we try the red fish with our shrimp, he feels it is far superior to the others. We couldn’t believe it! It was so fresh and delicious it was like we had never really tasted a freshly caught fish before. Thank you for guiding hungry travelers, Wesley! While this visit wasn’t nearly as dramatic as the first, we agree this meal has tied for our best dining experience ever!
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