Fall weather is a reminder of pumpkin, pecans, butternut squash, apple cider and more pumpkin in our humble opinion. Any time is a good time for dessert so we asked locals for their suggestions on their favorite fall desserts and where to find them in Galveston.
ShyKatZ Deli & Bakery, 1528 Avenue L. ShyKatZ is hugely popular with locals and offers a wonderful selection of pastries including cakes, cookies and more. We had a shout out for their Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding. But our favorite is always anything Red Velvet. Let us know what you think. (Closed Sundays)
MOD Coffeehouse, 2126 Postoffice. If you are looking for a quiet, quaint place to enjoy a cup of java, stroll over to MOD. Their baristas offer a traditional Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peppermint Mocha and Apple Cider but also look for their own concoction called White Christmas (gingerbread, white mocha, peppermint and cinnamon sugar). They also sell homemade Pumpkin Bars, Pecan Bars and Molasses Spice Cookies.
Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream, 2120 Postoffice. Just next door to MOD you’ll find Hey Mikey’s. Their selection changes pretty often and for the fall, they are planning to offer Snappy Pumpkin Ice Cream (pumpkin ice cream with ginger snaps), Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream (sweet potato pie ice cream with toasted pecans and graham cracker bits) and Egg Nog Ice Cream. All we can say is “yummy.” (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
La King’s Confectionery, 2323 Strand. You can never go wrong with La King’s for seasonal saltwater taffy, chocolate, fudge and “Purity” ice cream. There are plenty of options to choose from as La King’s creates more than 50 candies using old family recipes. Look for their pumpkin taffy. Plus, did you know that “Purity” ice cream is Texas’ first ice cream manufacturer? Purity dates to 1889 and was founded on the island. La King’s keeps this local ice cream tradition alive.
Oasis Juice Bar & Market, 409 25th. Oasis Juice Bar is known for their amazing juices, smoothies and healthy food offerings. Unfortunately, pumpkin doesn’t juice well and doesn’t work in smoothies so try their Monkey N Around smoothie made with banana, almond butter, apple and chocolate almond milk. And, we are excited to learn that they offer Taza Stone Ground Mexican Hot Chocolate; perfect for a chilly day. Closed Mondays.
Sunflower Café, 512 14th Street. According to the owner, November is all about holiday pies. Fall favorites include pumpkin, pecan, fudge pecan, Dutch apple, and cherry pie. Sunflower Café is also known for the Apple Walnut Cake, Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Gingerbread and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread.
Patty Cakes Bakery, 704 14th Street. Patty Cakes is known for their seasonal goodies. Locals crave their Pumpkin Cake with cream cheese icing, Pumpkin Gooey Bars, Pecan Tarts and Fall Sugar Cookies. And closer to Thanksgiving, look for Miss Patty’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie.
Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant, 3828 Seawall Blvd. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention Gaido’s Famous Pecan Pie. Call in advance and place an order for pickup or, better yet, place your order online through NeimanMarcus.com. Yes, it will be the best pecan pie that you’ve ever tasted in your entire life.
Ben & Jerry’s, 4408 Seawall Blvd. If you are craving a fall flavored ice cream look for Ben & Jerry’s new Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, created through a partnership with New Belgium Brewing Company.
One of the charming things about Galveston is that everything is a quick walk or short drive away. Spread the word and enjoy your visit.
Consider these hotels for your next Galveston getaway:
• If you want to stay in the heart of downtown Galveston, book your stay at The Tremont House.
• If you want to enjoy of view of the harbor, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.
• If you want a beachfront hotel with historic ambiance, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa.