is that there is no reason for it to exist. Hang in here with me folks.
Let’s take a look at the week. For most of us, Monday signifies a beginning and we approach the week with renewed vigor. Wednesday, of course, is hump day. Thursday is the day before Friday and the end of the week is within sight. Friday means the weekend is at hand. And then we have Saturday and Sunday which for many means a period of rest and rejuvenation. But there is no reason for Tuesday. Which is why, when I was working, I refused to cook on Tuesday night.
So we would head off to one of our favorite local spots—the Wookie Hole Pub—for a brew or two and a casual dinner. The Wookie Hole was modeled after a British pub. There was the requisite dart board, and frequently we would see a gentleman with a decided English accent engaging in a game. (We often speculated that they hired him for color.) The room was dark and low ceilinged and regular patrons had their beer steins hanging behind the bar. And the menu was a combination of American bar food and pub favorites like meatloaf and mashed, bangers and mashed, fish and chips, and Scotch eggs.
So what does a faux-British pub have to do with our visit to Galveston? As we sat and looked around Medicinal Purposes (MP)—our lunch destination for the day—I picked up the same vibe.
“Although the Galveston building that houses Medicinal Purposes has been home to many bars throughout the years, the 1953 structure most recently held an orthopedics and prosthetics store. That was until Hurricane Ike gutted it in 2008, leaving the building—just down the street from the University of Texas Medical Branch campus on the east side of the island—empty for years.
“…In the 1920s, alcohol was still readily available in ‘speakeasies’ and through bootleggers. Whiskey could be obtained by prescription from medical doctors. The labels clearly warned that it was strictly for medicinal purposes and any other uses were illegal, but even so doctors freely wrote prescriptions and drug-stores filled them without question, so the number of ‘patients’ increased dramatically. No attempt was made to stop this practice, so many people got their booze; thus, the commonly uttered the timeless phrase that ‘I only consume for medicinal purposes.’ Relevant to Galveston and surrounding areas in the Gulf of Mexico was the contentious loophole allowing ships moored or operating over 3 miles from shore to possess, and its crew and passengers to consume, alcohol. This allowed the Port of Galveston to become a veritable freeway for the trafficking of illicit liquor and spirits…” (medicinal-purposes-bar-and-grill.com).
So we are sitting and taking in the atmosphere, Chuck looks at one of the two sequined costumes that we took for Mardi Gras attire and remarked “These could be Mummers.”
It seems that Mardi Gras is a big deal in Galveston. While there is some difference of opinion about its relative rank for Mardi Gras celebrations outside of New Orleans, Galveston ranks somewhere between third and seventh. And a highlight of Galveston’s celebration is the appearance of a Mummers band from Philadelphia.
“’Quaker City has the mellowest sound of all as far as I’m concerned—they’re fantastic,’ exclaims Cathy Conlon-Townsend, Galveston’s representative for the Quaker City String Band. ‘They’re entertainers and performers and just wonderful and ordinary guys that make really great music’” (Richard Varr at galveston.com).
But a good bar and grill has to have more than atmospherics. MP was named by examiner.com as the Best Bar and Grill of Restaurant Week 2013 and “treats people to a good time, great food and awesome drink specials! There were other great bar and grills about the Island, but this one was impressive on all aspects.
“The Ruben is Claude’s mother’s recipe. Served atop fresh baked marble rye, it is loaded with thick cut, grilled corned beef brisket, Polish sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese, and is accompanied by a chunky, house-made, thousand island-style dipping sauce.
“For a taste of the tropics, try the Islander, a half-pound burger marinated in sesame teriyaki sauce, served on an egg twist bun with red bell peppers and grilled pineapple” (Kimber Fountain at galvestonislandguide.com).
I was going to order my Wookey Hole go-to of wings with a side salad, but then noticed that the soups included a zesty bacon cheeseburger soup. So I modified my choices to wings and a cup of the soup. It was a good thing that I asked our server to bring two spoons anticipating that Chuck would like a taste.
MP’s wings are listed as Cluckers & Celery and come in your choice of BBQ, Buffalo, Spicy Garlic, Lemon Pepper Parmesan, or Tropical Thai Sauces and come with both homemade Ranch and Bleu Cheese dressings. I selected the spicy garlic sauce which was a medium-hot sauce with a light tang of vinegar and lots of small garlic bits.
Chuck ordered the Olde-World Brat mentioned above.
For an article in galvestonislandtimes.com, MP’s owner Claude explained the bar and grill’s success: “’We are consistent. We are one of the cleanest restaurants in town, our food is high quality and it comes out on time and hot,
Medicinal Purposes is one of those casual and inviting 5.0 Addie places we love to find and, if I lived in Galveston, I’d find a new excuse not to cook on Tuesdays.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.