We decided to try the Black Pearl based on previous reviews and we weren't disappointed. It's a "seat yourself" place, or at least was on Sunday evening, and only two tables were available, which was a good sign that this is a place people like going to.
We ordered drinks - the margarita was very over-sweet, but the bloody mary was very good.
I ordered a cup of gumbo which came out not in a cup, but in a bowl with garlic bread - way more than I expected. I wouldn't have ordered anything else if I'd realized how generous their servings are (though another reviewer had mentioned it). I did though. I also had the crawfish po-boy. Another truly HUGE serving - lots of crawfish piled onto a split baguette, and a big mound of really good coleslaw on the side.
My husband ordered the catfish dinner with salad and onion rings. It also came with two boudin balls. He said he really liked the catfish and that the rings appeared to be homemade and tasty. However, this serving too was really large. Needless to say, we took home enough food for another meal.
The service was really slow, but in their defense, they seemed understaffed. Perhaps they underestimated how much traffic they would have on Mother's Day evening.
All in all a good experience. We'll probably stop here again when we're in Galveston.
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