A Stop-In to Gilhooley’s Turned Out To Be Like Eating Oysters On a Reef:

Recent ravings about Gilhooley’s and their oysters caused us to wonder enough to stop in for a trial on the way to Galveston’s Mardi Gras!  EVERYTHING that we had read from those raving about their mollusks in San Leon turned out to be true.

Everybody Gumbo
 
Although Gilhooley’s gumbo comes in other choices (like a favored Oyster Stew and Shrimp Gumbo), we ordered Everybody Gumbo, because oysters and shrimp were featured and “everybody” – including chicken and a local sausage – was added to the mix to try. Note that the oysters were added to the gumbo just late enough to still be plump and juicy. It was VERY good. Oysters were treated respectfully. Thank you.
No kids. No pets. Cash only. That sure seemed OK with me. 
Not a fancy place at all, this restaurant has a cult following of oyster lovers. There ARE some other items of interest, though. Fried Chicken Livers with a wonderful cream gravy are popular and hard to find, These were excellent.
Fried Chicken Livers
Raw Oysters are a favorite at Gilhooley’s and while they are plump and juicy, as expected this time of year, the presentation was pretty lacking… yet, delicious.
Raw Oysters
Pinto Beans are rich, well-seasoned with sausage and are a perfect side for some baked Oysters Gilhooley.
Pinto Beans
 
Oysters Gilhooley
Oyster Stew was a missed delicacy, as we didn’t order it, but heard much about it from regulars, as well as the Boudin.  Their Shrimp Cole Slaw brings back memories of Hillman’s, yet a regular at the table next to us pointed out that she had ordered it and received no shrimp. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and believe the majority.They rave about it.
This was a brief drop-in, but we wish that we had more time, as well as ordered more types of oysters!
Gilhooley’s Restaurant
Dickinson (San Leon), Texas 77539
281-239-3813

 

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