I am a little late on my Thursday post this week. So I decided that Friday must be the new Thursday. Although really, since we didn’t have to work this Friday, Thursday was actually the new Friday, but whatever.
Luckily though, my procrastination on my post goes well with this week’s quote.
“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”
– Mark Twain
I think Mark Twain may be one of my heroes now.
This late in the school year, that’s pretty much how I feel all of the time. Usually, the end of the rough anyway, but this year, I am teaching mostly seniors. So in addition to the normal being fed up with school thing, most of my kids also have senioritis. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have senioritis at this point too.
Today, we had the day off of work for Good Friday. The weather was perfect, so I decided it would be a good time to go to Galveston. I have been out of the good Galveston Coffee Roasters coffee for a couple of weeks now. I know this sounds a little over the top, but their coffee is so good, it really is worth going to Galveston for. My favorite so far has been the Seashore Blend. They had a new blend today when I went in called the Surfer blend. So I got a half a pound of that to try too. I will let you know how it is, although I am sure that it is going to be equally amazing as the Seashore blend.
Galveston may not have clear turquoise water, but it makes up for it with charm, history, cool architecture and food. Today, I visited one of my favorite restaurants on the island. Nates’s West End. Nate’s is a completely unassuming little local place on the West End (hence the clever name). If you didn’t know it was there, you might miss it, which would be a shame because you would be missing out. I’ve been going there for a while now, and they are just as good today as they were when I started going there.
I’m pretty sure this was once a house, but I am just guessing. It looks like it is attached to the grocery store next to it, which by the way is the coolest little grocery store ever. It’s the only regular grocery store on the West End, and is really small, but it is very complete and have pretty much everything you need for a weekend in a beach house. If you didn’t know any better, you would probably turn your nose up Nate’s because of its appearance and location. Once inside though, it quickly becomes apparent why it’s usually hard to find a parking spot. The smells alone are enough to draw you in. The servers are the same ones that were there when I started going there- turn over is extremely low, which has to say something about them. They are super friendly and usually go out of their way to make sure you feel welcome. One time while I was there, one of the servers came in and was talking to the other server about this amazing coffee creamer that she had found next door. She told us about it since we had just ordered coffee and even offered us some of hers. She was right, and we ended up buying some too. Another time when we were there, the tire on our SUV went flat while we were inside. One of the cooks came out because it was the end of his shift and saw us struggling with the tire. He changed it for us! Seriously, the staff here make you feel like family.
Then there is the food! My all time favorite is their pecan crusted snapper with green beans and dirty rice. It is amazing, but I have to say that the stuffed shrimp I had today gave it a serious run for its money. I didn’t think to take a picture until it was too late. I’ll have to go back soon. You know, for blogging purposes. If you aren’t too stuffed for dessert when you finish your meal, I highly recommend their key lime pie. And don’t even get me started on their tartar sauce. Usually I am kind of lukewarm on the subject of tartar sauce. It’s okay. I like dipping my shrimp in it sometimes, but normally prefer the cocktail sauce. Not so at Nate’s. Their tartar sauce is hands-down the best tartar sauce I have ever had. It’s so good that when I had finished my meal, I found myself dipping crackers in it because it is just that yummy. You could seriously eat it with a spoon. It’s almost addictive.
If you are in Galveston and are wondering where to eat, you should definitely check out Nate’s. It is worth the drive to the West End. Plus, the West End has better beaches anyway. Most tourists park along the Seawall and go to the beach there, but if you really want to enjoy the beach, it is better to drive down to the State Park, about five minutes away from Nate’s, and go to the beach there. They have restrooms that are clean, rinse off showers so that you don’t have to drive home salty and a cute little gift shop. The parking is free with the price of admission and besides just beaches, they have birding and hiking trails on the bay side too. There is even a cool birding tower that you can climb for better views. Also, in case you didn’t know. You don’t need a fishing license to fish at the State Park.
Okay, my battery is low and I am too lazy to get up and plug in my computer (see the first part of this post). So I am going to leave you with a picture from the webcams of the Elissa heading out for a sail last week.