In 1978 Israel and Connie Ochoa purchased Pennie's Meat Market. Connie the matriarch of the family and a superb cook started making tamales and Israel perfected his Barbacoa recipe. Pennie's had been an island staple till Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston Island in 2008, when business plummeted along with the population of the island. In 2016 the decision was made to reopen Pennie's. After an extensive amount of work we reopened on October 24, 2017 but with a twist. Pennie's Tex Mex now serves hill country style bbq with original rubs and sauces crafted by Louis, and the original tamales, barbacoa and menudo recipes from Pennie's Meat Market.
Pennie's would love to cater your party or special event. We ask that you give us as much advance notice as possible. Two days minimum. You and your guests won't be dissapointed.
We refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant. Our bbq is made fresh daily. The tamales are made in house. We work hard to provide home made fresh food for our customers. For example the reason we close three days a week is to have enough time to make our delicious tamales without cutting corners or compromising taste and quality. We put that kind of care in all our food.