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The Boot may be new, but it retains the atmosphere and vibe of an old-school Houston icehouse, complete with a court for games of washers and buckets of cold beer. Louisiana natives Billy, Tommy and Glenn Duplechin and business partners Jimmy Jones and Chico Ramirez opened The Boot in the Heights shortly after Shady Tavern, the bar that had been in the space since 1939, closed. Though Heights residents have seen a lot of changes recently, this one has been fully embraced. The bar is crowded with neighborhood folks most nights, thanks in large part to the excellent Cajun food offered at a watering hole that once served only peanuts and stale corn chips. The etouffee is as good as anything you'll find in Louisiana, and come crawfish season, The Boot will be the place to get your mudbugs.