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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Paleo-friendly restaurant menus abound in Houston.
American, Cajun, Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai all flow together in one jumble of LA Crawfish-brand cuisine.
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 >>
Houston's 10 best beer bars
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 >>
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 >>
LA Bar offers comfortable food and surroundings, especially for men who like sports, hunting, fishing and golf.
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 >>
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 >>
Despite rowdy crowds and inconsistent cooking, Cajun joint shows real promise.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The Seafood Shoppe does mudbugs the right way.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttOn 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 >>
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 >>
The Top Ten Crawfish Joints in Houston
MerCheri's is at its best serving up no-nonsense Louisiana soul food.
Fried shrimp po-boyThe Place: Beaucoup Bar & Grill 3102 Old Spanish Trail 713-747-5100 http://www.beaucoupbarandgrill.com 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The po-boys at Zimm's Little Deck come up short.
An unassuming bar and grill turns out some damn good Cajun food.
Enjoy the Tex-Cajun cooking at Al-T's — just don't ask too many questions about it.
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 >>
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 >>
A new Cajun-Asian sandwich shack run by Katrina evacuees
At Roadhouse dance hall, the party starts at 2 p.m. every Saturday
Soul on the Bayeaux
Boudreaux's Cajun Kitchen
Cajun, New Orleans Creole and African-French Creole are three distinct cuisines.
The Gumbo Shop Drop
The scruffy soul of Treebeards survives an expensive renovation
The seafood-and-pasta joint doesn't put on airs. And doesn't need to.
The Zydeco Louisiana Diner doesn't stand on ceremony