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Too Beaucoup

An unassuming bar and grill turns out some damn good Cajun food.

I have a pretty good idea that when Beaucoup decides to do crawfish, it's done right. You can bet I'll be trying to confirm this in the weeks to come.

My next visit to Beaucoup was for a late supper. I brought a chef co-worker, and we ordered a couple of Red Stripes. We waited for our dinner entrées and some more wings while listening to the likes of Al Green and Otis Redding on the restaurant's sound system. There were still plenty of people eating and taking food to go even thought it was close to closing time.

We ordered our wings naked this time so we could pour the house-made hot sauce on them. They were fresh, cooked perfectly and cheap. I love this place. I love fried chicken wings. The seasoned fries were really good too. I thought about asking the servers if they dust the fries with Tony Chachere's Cajun Seasoning, but then I thought better. I knew the answer to this one. House blend.

Purists will love the shrimp po-boy.
Troy Fields
Purists will love the shrimp po-boy.

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Beaucoup Bar & Grill

3102 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, TX 77054

Category: Restaurant > Cajun

Region: Inner Loop - SW

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Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through ­Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Crawfish bread: $5.99

Fried shrimp po-boy: $8.99

15 wings: $8.99

Deep-fried burger: $8.49

Catfish basket: $10.99

Pot roast sandwich: $11.99

Gumbo: $5.99

Beaucoup Bar & Grill

3102 Old Spanish Trail, 713-747-5100.

Eating at this restaurant made me wish I had a spare stomach. I wanted to try the red beans and rice, the homemade onion rings and especially the cheese fries. But I'd been craving fried catfish for some time — I was having dreams about it. When fresh catfish is fried right, that crispy corn meal crust with tender juicy flakes on the inside is a spiritual experience.

Beaucoup's fried catfish basket was beyond perfect. The person who made that catfish is a fry god or, at least, someone who has been cooking comfort food for the last hundred years. It satisfied my craving and advanced my fried catfish addiction to a new level. I will think twice before I stand in line at the Breakfast Klub, that's for sure.

My co-worker got the open-faced pot roast sandwich on jalapeño cheese bread with caramelized onions. "This roast beef is solid," he said. Coming from this guy, who is not easily impressed, that meant it was pretty damn good. And I had to agree — it was solid. It was one of those sandwiches you keep eating even though you're totally full.

On both visits to Beaucoup, my dining companions and I came here craving meat and seafood. But the place has plenty of vegetarian offerings. If it weren't for the deep-fried burger, we might have ordered the black bean burger with sprouts and avocado. There was also a Boca Philly and a Boca burger. Of course, in my opinion, the pot roast sandwich will make a meat eater out of any veg head.

Cajun food, Creole food, Southern or comfort food: Whatever you call

it, the ass-kicking po-boys and fried catfish at Beaucoup are scrumptious.

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