Cajun and Creole Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Review: AC and Really Good Food Have Been Added to The Boot

    The plywood walls and rickety shelves are gone, replaced by eggshell-colored paneled siding and sleek black wall mounts holding rows of Southern beer and half-empty liquor bottles. There's a new coat of paint on the outside, though years of chipped layers are still visible under the facelift. The pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Goro & Gun Combines Two of Houston's Biggest Obsessions: Ramen and Crawfish

    The broth is darker than ramen broth, and it's more rich, more velvety. Instead of a five-minute egg and slices of pork floating above chewy noodles, there's fresh corn and bright red curly crawfish tails. To eat it, you're given chopsticks and a chirirenge spoon. On the side, packs of saltine crack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Where to Get Crawfish in Houston Right Now

    Last time we wrote about crawfish here on the blog, we had mixed emotions. On one hand, we were exited to welcome mudbugs back to our plates and bellies for the season after an unusually cold winter. On the other, we were somewhat flabbergasted by the prices and the short supply of our favorite sp ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: It's Crawfish & Barbecue

    Pearland Crawfish Festival @ Shadow Creek Ranch Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 15800 South Freeway, Pearland Come for one day, or for all three days this weekend at the Pearland Crawfish Festival. Feast on crawfish from Swamp Shack Catering for $4 per pound, as we ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 20, 2014

    Crawfish Season Is Off to a Slow Start

    But here's where to get your mudbugs.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Crawfish Season Is Off to a Slow Start, But Here's Where to Get Your Mudbugs

    "The only thing better than a crawfish dinner is five crawfish dinners." Coach Red Beaulieu, The Waterboy Ain't that the truth? It's time to eat up, because crawfish season is upon us once again ... well, sort of. Gulf coast crawfish season typically begins in early to mid-March, but this year ha ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 21, 2013

    So Delicious, a Caveman Could Eat It

    Paleo-friendly restaurant menus abound in Houston.

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    March 21, 2013

    Surprise Package at LA Crawfish

    American, Cajun, Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai all flow together in one jumble of LA Crawfish-brand cuisine.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Peeling Is for Suckers: 10 Crawfish Dishes to Try in Houston

    One of the best crawfish dishes I ate last year didn't involve a boil, peeling or shucking of any kind. It was a very simple, very extraordinary plate of crawfish tails poached in butter over al dente Texas-grown rice with green coriander and fermented carrot at Oxheart. While that particular dish ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 28, 2013

    Praise the Lord and Pass the Pints

    Houston's 10 best beer bars

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Discovering a New Old Favorite at Joyce's Seafood and Steaks

    One of the best things about grand tasting events like the Rodeo's Best Bites competition or our own upcoming Menu of Menus is the opportunity to sample food from restaurants you may have never heard of, or restaurants you've always meant to try but never got around to. Joyce's Seafood and Steaks fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Where to Eat During Lent 2013: 40 Days of Meatless Meals, Vegetables & Fish

    Lenten season is upon us. Many people have decided to give up something that they love in their lives, and most of the time that something ends up being food or drink. I'm talking about beer, chocolate, candy, coffee and meat. Devout Catholics also abstain from meat throughout the Lent season, so, ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Deer Lease Chic at LA Bar

    LA Bar offers comfortable food and surroundings, especially for men who like sports, hunting, fishing and golf.

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    10 Fun Food Festivals Coming Up This Spring

    News of Houston's first big barbecue festival was announced yesterday, and fans have already begun buying up tickets to the appropriately-named Houston Barbecue Festival. Scheduled to take place on March 24, the festival has already booked such popular local smokers as Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue, CorkScr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    The Cajun Stop: Calliope's Po-Boy Has a New Name, But the Same Great Cajun Food

    After shedding its former name -- Calliope's Po-Boy -- in the wake of a legal battle, the little Cajun restaurant in EaDo had been going by a handful of different names in the last few months: LC's Poboys on Facebook, in which the LC stood for owner Lisa Carnley's initials. KrazyPoBoys on Twitter. A ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 11, 2012

    Rouxpour: Gumbo and Bros

    Despite rowdy crowds and inconsistent cooking, Cajun joint shows real promise.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 69, Oyster Po-Boy and Gumbo at Goode Co. Seafood

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen Falls Short of Louisiana Flavor

    New Orleans cuisine is the definition of hearty, spicy food. From shrimp Po-Boys to crawfish etouffee, each bite is filled with Cajun spice. Schilleci's New Orleans Kitchen has a menu filled with New Orleans classic dishes, but the lackluster flavors left me dissatisfied. I'd heard that Schilleci's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Brunch, Burger Guys-Style and a Volcanic Cook-Off

    Remember the days when The Burger Guys had first opened and Jake Mazzu was doing these amazing brunches with his crew, like Brandon Fisch and Steve Marques? Well, these day's you can find Marques turning out killer food at The Tasting Room Uptown, but Mazzu and Fisch are doing the brunch thing once ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Upcoming Events: A Flurry of Festivals

    With warmer weather ahead, food festivals are kicking off in earnest across the city, starting with the 17th annual Bayou City Cajun Fest on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, at Trader's Village. Admission is free to the Cajun Fest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Plenty of home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Crawfish Across Houston

    It's high crawfish season in Houston, with a slew of different boils coming up to satisfy all your head-sucking pursuits. But first, you don't want to miss this weekend's big charity event: Kicking Cancer's Ass. The fundraiser dinner will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at Ralph Smi ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 15, 2012

    Crazy for Crawfish

    The Seafood Shoppe does mudbugs the right way.

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie and File' Gumbo: The Bounty of Lafayette

    Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and file' gumbo / 'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher amio / Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o / Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou -- Hank Williams, "Jambalaya" In late December, Southern Living announced a contest in which 10 "Southern" cities wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    First Look at Liberty Kitchen

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt Not a shrimp po-boy at the new Liberty Kitchen.​"Chef Lance is back," read the marquee outside Liberty Kitchen last Saturday afternoon, a gloomy day that was brightened only by the prospect of trying the brand-new oyster bar. We weren't the only ones to whom the id ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Tunnel Explorer: Treebeard's

    All right. This one's an oldie, but, uh... well it's an oldie where I come from.​Tunnel Explorer isn't necessarily about turning up new places to eat. Sure, there might be the occasional hidden gem to mine out (I'll tell you if I find one), but in general, there's just not much down here that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    First Look at the New BB's in the Heights

    Photo by John SuhIt's bigger, but is it better?​In a previous post, a reader scoffed at my pick for Cajun food and suggested I check out BB's Cafe for a taste of the authentic cuisine in Houston. Soon after that post, BB's opened a location near me in the Heights. It was meant to be, so I ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Oyster & Okra Gumbo at Cajun Town Cafe

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​On the way back from the horse track on Saturday night, I took an unusual route home (okay, I was out of change for the tollway). And that alternate route landed me heading south toward 290 on North Houston Rosslyn, past a mostly unfamiliar part of town. And as I d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Katharine Shilcutt wrote about stumbling onto Cajun Town Café, which turned out to be an awesome discovery. She loved the gumbo, a version made with oysters, crawfish, shrimp and crab, which got some readers discussing how things are done in New Orleans. Commenter Brandius stepped in w ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 17, 2011

    Suck the Head!

    The Top Ten Crawfish Joints in Houston

  • Dining

    March 10, 2011

    Gumbo and Gin

    MerCheri's is at its best serving up no-nonsense Louisiana soul food.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Happy Hour Scene: Beaucoup Bar & Grill

    Fried shrimp po-boy​The Place: Beaucoup Bar & Grill 3102 Old Spanish Trail 713-747-5100 The Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturdays The Deals: Lots of them. Disco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    The Gumbo at Gilhooley's

    ​Forget about chili -- I can't think of a more hotly debated dish (in this part of the world, at least) than gumbo. Restaurant gumbo is totally different from homemade gumbo, and homemade gumbo is totally different all along the Gulf Coast stretch of I-10. Some like okra in their gumbo (who ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Katharine Shilcutt reported on which Houston restaurants have opened and which have closed, including three Cajun joints. Which led commenter Tim to reflect on Creole and Cajun, New Orleans and Lafayette: Forgive me for I am about to nitpick: 'Three separate Cajun places went to that big C ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 10, 2011

    For Richer or Poorer

    The po-boys at Zimm's Little Deck come up short.

  • Dining

    May 6, 2010

    Too Beaucoup

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

  • Dining

    July 16, 2009

    Gators and Gumbo

    Enjoy the Tex-Cajun cooking at Al-T's — just don't ask too many questions about it.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    From Sea to Shining Seafood Platter

    Chances are that if you eat seafood in Houston on a regular basis then Jim Gossen provides at least some of it. Gossen is the founder and CEO of Louisiana Foods, one of Houston's largest seafood distributors. The history of Louisiana Foods reads like the recent history of the seafood business in Sou ... More >>

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    October 16, 2008
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    November 19, 2007

    $13 at Bayou City Seafood & Pasta on Richmond

    Where: Bayou City Seafood & Pasta, 4730 Richmond, 713-621-6602 What $13 gets you: A damn fine seafood lunch. Thirteen smackers won’t buy you supper at Bayou City Seafood & Pasta, where even the “small”-sized portions of seafood-filled pastas and fish entrees start at $15.99. Lunch, however, ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 1, 2006

    Poor Boys and Philanthropy

    A new Cajun-Asian sandwich shack run by Katrina evacuees

  • Dining

    October 6, 2005

    Cajun Cave

    At Roadhouse dance hall, the party starts at 2 p.m. every Saturday

  • Dining

    June 9, 2005

    Cat Got Your Tongue?

    Soul on the Bayeaux

  • News

    January 27, 2005
  • Dining

    December 21, 2000

    Cajun Choice

    Boudreaux's Cajun Kitchen

  • Dining

    December 14, 2000

    Creole Country

    Cajun, New Orleans Creole and African-French Creole are three distinct cuisines.

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    February 10, 2000


    The Gumbo Shop Drop

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    March 4, 1999
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    October 15, 1998

    Downtown and Down-home

    The scruffy soul of Treebeards survives an expensive renovation

  • Dining

    May 28, 1998

    Bliss at Bayou City

    The seafood-and-pasta joint doesn't put on airs. And doesn't need to.

  • Dining

    March 19, 1998

    Cher Thing

    The Zydeco Louisiana Diner doesn't stand on ceremony

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