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Best Seafood Restaurant Houston 2007 - Jimmy Wilson's

Readers' Choice: Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Try a cup of the dark brown crawfish bisque — you couldn't finish a whole bowl. The flavor of Lafayette, Louisiana, lingers on in Houston at Jimmy Wilson's. Denis Wilson and his partner Jimmy Jard swapped first and last names to rechristen the old Denis's Seafood on Westheimer. It's either a business reorganization or some kind of piracy — don't ask cuz you don't really want to know. Wilson was one of the original Landry's gang. But while Tilman Fertitta watered down the spicy Cajun seasonings, Denis Wilson carries on the original tradition at his independent restaurants. Jimmy Wilson's is identical to Denis's Seafood in everything but name. They still have a blackboard announcing which fish are being served. Along with the usual suspects, you might find cobia, amberjack or tilefish. And the fried shrimp, crab and crawfish enchiladas, po' boys, gumbo and étouffée are all still terrific.

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By far the best seafood joint in town period. My girlfriend and I absolutely love this place. From the boudain ball appetizers to the chalk board fresh catch of the day, Jimmy Wilson's is hard to beat. We first starting going there when it was Denis'. If you live in the area it's a good thing bcuz you won't fall asleep driving home. The lemon-pepper sauce is to die for as well as the ample servings of sides. Definitely an inexpensive place to put on your "to-eat" list. The staff is pleasant and knowledgeable as well, testing them out is one of our hobbies. Ask for "John" he's "top shelf" as far as waiters go.


I think their traditional crawfish bisque is the best soup or gumbo I have ever eaten. The wife and I usually split a bowl of the gumbo and whatever the fish of the day is.


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