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3402 Palmer Hwy, Texas City, Texas 77590
MY REVIEW: I wouldnt call this place a BarBQ restaurant...and if you're looking for BarBQ, go somewhere else.
HOWEVER. If you're looking for a perfectly trimmed, cook steak, friendly staff and great drinks, stop at Gus'.
They've moved, on Palmer Hwy, just inside Hwy-146.
SUBMITTED: 2/18/2011 LAST VISIT WAS: Feb 2011
FREQUENCY: Everybody here knows my name...
911 11th Ave N, Texas City, Texas
MY REVIEW: The wait staff knows me by sight, but not by name. I average eating at Gus' about 2 times a month. This is a local restaurant not on a major highway nor on restaurant row. This restaurant is where the locals come to eat. I don't know if the same building has been used for the entire time, but the restaurant has been around since 1961. The offerings are the standard steak and seafood offerings. Seafood, which I generally order, ranges from $10.99 to $19.99.
The servers are generally great. Your order is taken really fast if you already know what you want, as most repeat customers do. Otherwise, you might have 5 minutes from seating until your get your beverages and your order is taken. The salad course is usually brought out 3 or 4 minutes after you place your order. Appetizers, depending on preparation required may appear with the salad or, for fried appetizers, 10 minutes or so later.
The speed of delivering entrees depends only on what is ordered: If someone in your party orders a large steak portion cooked well-done, expect delivery of the table's entrees to be delayed unless you specifically ask that finished plates be brought out before the steak. On the really hectic weekends, everything is a little bit slower, but not unbearably so.
The wait-staff is attentive enough that you won't run out of tea, water, or soft drinks; and dirty plates will be whisked away from the table as you finish each course. (If you go to the restroom and your plate is almost empty, be sure to tell someone NOT to let the server take the plate.)
The food is always great. There have been no exceptions in all the years I've been eating here. There's nothing exceptional about what is offered on the menu: it's all just great food. Salads are served with the dressing on the side, and if you want cheese and bacon on your salad, you ask for a "pregnant salad".
Tonight, I had the "regular" order of jumbo shrimp: 6 deep fried jumbo shrimp, a baked potato, hush puppies and a roll. The shrimp truly are jumbo. The baked potato was very well "loaded" with butter, cheese, sour cream and bacon. The restaurant is not skimpy about baked potato toppings. Dessert choices are limited: chocolate sheet cake, pecan pie, apple pie and ice cream. The pies slices are available hot or cold, with or without ice cream, and with or without cheese (in the case of the apple pie.)
INTERESTING [but not pro or con]:
The decor is old license plates and old soda signs on the walls. Lighting is not quite too low to read the menus, but it comes close. The "booths" are tables & chairs in 3-sided enclosures along the wall reminiscent of stalls in a livery stable. Fairly small televisions are hung in one corner of the non-smoking are and 1 corner of the smoking area.
There is a full-service, very well stocked bar.
Never go at shift change: If you get seated by one shift, but your server doesn't have your table after the additional staff comes in, you can get overlooked until one of the servers checks to see how everybody is doing. This has happened twice in all the years I've been eating here, so it's a rare thing. Today just happened to be one of those two times.
The restaurant isn't very large, and the larger part of the space is smoking section. If you are not willing to accept "first available" seating and hold out for a non-smoking table, you might be in for a 10-15 minute wait on busy evenings...that would be pretty much every evening. Further, the ventilation return intake is in the smoking section, so the entire restaurant smells heavily of smoke if more than one or two people are actually smoking. Ceiling fans circulate the air, which just seems to make the matter worse.
Hearsay is that the restaurant is to be moved to North Loop 197 in Texas City by the Veterans' Memorial Park. These plans appear to have been put on hold by hurricane Ike and the current economic situation.
SUBMITTED: 1/3/2009 LAST VISIT WAS: 01/03/2009
FREQUENCY: Everybody here knows my name...
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