and on Sunday parking on The Strand is free. And this bit of convenience brought us into town.
“The Strand Historic District, also known as the Strand District, in downtown Galveston…is a National Historic Landmark District of mainly Victorian era buildings that now house restaurants, antique stores, and curio shops…. The street labeled ‘The Strand’ is actually named Avenue B…. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and further declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976…. Today ‘The Strand’ is generally used to refer to the entire five-block business district between 20th and 25th streets in downtown Galveston…. The name 'strand' for Ave. B was coined by a German immigrant named Michael William Shaw who opened a jewelry store on the corner of 23rd and Ave. B. Shaw, not liking the name ‘Ave. B’, changed the name of the street on his stationery to ‘Strand’, thinking that the name (named after a street in London) would have higher-class connotations for his jewelry store. He later convinced other owners on the street to change the names they used for the street as well, and the name stuck” (wikipedia.org).
If you enjoy architecture like we do, The Strand is a visual buffet. And it was the bright colors on one building that caught my attention and brought us to Yaga's Café.
“In ’94, Dean started a small BBQ cook-off now known as Yaga’s Wild Game Cook-off that ultimately, along with some persistent advice from his current partner Inman, led to the creation of the Yaga’s Children’s Fund. Today the children’s fund should surpass an astonishing $1 million in grants to Galveston County Children’s charities and is operating as a 501C-3 non-profit entity separate from Yaga’s Café” (Leslie Thompson at theislandermagazine.com).
Both The Stand and Yaga’s Café were busy that particular Sunday.
Chuck ordered the chicken tortilla soup, and this was a version unlike any we have been served.
We had debated ordering a selection of appetizers (or “Yagatizers” as they are called on the menu) and could have chosen from crab cakes, seafood flautas, spinach artichoke dip, wings, chicken or beef quesadilla, fried zucchini, or jalapeno fire bites. But then we veered off course and ordered pizza—the Tomato Basil Pizza to be exact. And, of course, we asked for light on the cheese.
Lunch proved to be a mixed bag of very good (my chili and Chuck’s soup) and not so good (the pizza) and only deserves a 2.5 Addie rating.
Just a few blocks down The Strand sits La King's Confectionery, where we spent the better part of an hour last year watching the making of salt water taffy as was described on our blog of April 23, 2013. But La King’s is equally known for its old fashioned soda shop, which is the only place where you can get Purity ice cream—the oldest brand in Texas.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.
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