• Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Try These Five Outrageously Awesome Shellfish Dishes in Houston

    Lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters...these shellfish are all delicious when simply prepared. But sometimes you just want to soak them in beer-butter or coat them in an ultra-thick spiced batter and deep fry them whole until they are crunchy-as-all-hell. And that, our friends, is what we're looking at to ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Forget Mudbugs; Crawfish & Noodles' Crab Shines Through the Off-Season

    It may not be crawfish season, but that doesn't mean you should discount Crawfish & Noodles. The Asiatown eatery's crab dishes are just as good as the tiny critters...if not better. We can't decide what we love more; the King legs or whole-fried Dungeness and Blue. Maybe you should come with frien ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Sushi Sunday Funday at Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill

    They don't call it Sunday Funday for nothing. Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill in Rice Village offers up excellent sushi plates, bento boxes and seafood appetizers every day of the week, but the best time to enjoy these Japanese bites is Sunday, when Happy Hour is offered from the minute Kubo's opens at noo ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Celebrating the Seafood Tower at Reef

    When I think of seafood towers, I think of overly elaborate presentations that will arrive before me with the same pizazz as the excitable cartoon food in Beauty and the Beast's "Be Our Guest." Shrimp and crabs will be practically jumping off the top tier in anticipation, and clams and oysters will ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    5 Best Soft-Shell Crab Dishes To Try In Houston

    With the advent of soft-shell crab season, many Houston restaurants are featuring specials using these supple crustaceans, while some establishments that offer soft-shell crab year-round are simply taking advantage of the fresh crop. If you've got a soft spot for soft-shell crabs, check out some of ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Soft Shell Crab Always In Season at Thai Spice

    For better or for worse, I often throw caution to the wind when it comes to food consumption. Potentially-sickening-yet-delicious-looking street food in Bombay? I'll try. Expired milk? No problem if it passes the sniff test. Cookie I just dropped on the floor? Of course. Which is why when I ordere ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    Recipe of the Week: (Real) New England Clam Chowder

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. Before the temperatures rise to ungodly levels, we're sharing the secrets to a cold-weather favorite, New England Clam Chowder. ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Max's Wine Dive Serves Up Swagger and Special Chicken Fried ... Lobster?

    It may seem antithetical to pair something generally expensive and highbrow like lobster with a southern classic like chicken fried steak or chicken. But there it was, plate after plate of chicken fried lobster with home fries and collard greens sailing past me on the upturned palms of servers to t ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 83, Lobster Roll at Maine-ly Sandwiches

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of her pers ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    It's Soft Shell Crab Season: Kata Robata Has The Hook Up

    The only way I have ever enjoyed soft shell crab is plainly fried at a seafood restaurant, never at a sushi bar or Japanese restaurant. So finding out that Kata Robata Chef Manuba Horiuchi had created several dishes featuring soft shell crab instantly intrigued me. In advance of my visit, I couldn ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Maine-ly Delicious at Maine-ly Sandwiches

    The lobster roll is the main attraction at Maine-ly Sandwiches.

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    April 24, 2013

    Lobster Rolls Are the Main Attraction at Maine-ly Sandwiches

    One of the first known recipes for lobster comes from Apicius, a Roman cookbook dating to around 400 A.D. that's organized quite like a modern cookbook into ten chapters. In "Thalassa," the chapter on the sea, Apicius provides recipes for dishes including boiled lobster with cumin sauce, lobster wit ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Baked Crab Cakes & More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 22, 2012

    10 Oyster Dishes To Try in Houston: No. 6, Pearly Whites Po'Boy at BB's Cafe

    You know what I love about SeptembeR, OctobeR, NovembeR and DecembeR? It's oyster season! During these months, oysters are at their peak. For the next few weeks, I'll be sampling the most memorable and tasty oyster dishes in Houston. No. 6, Pearly Whites Po'Boy at BB's Cafe Don't get me wrong, th ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    10 Oyster Dishes To Try in Houston: No. 7, Fried Oysters & Deviled Eggs at BRC Gastropub

    You know what I love about SeptembeR, OctobeR, NovembeR and DecembeR? It's oyster season! During these months, oysters are at their peak. For the next few weeks, I'll be sampling the most memorable and tasty oyster dishes in Houston. No. 8, Fried Oysters & Deviled Eggs at BRC Gastropub BRC calls ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    10 Lobster Dishes to Try in Houston: No. 5, The Lobster Roll at Triniti

    One of the many things that intrigues me about the Victorian era was how the general overabundance of shellfish meant foods like lobster were more fare for the hoi polloi than the aristocratic minority. This year, a bumper crop in the Northeast has once again made lobster cheaper for the masses. And ... More >>

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    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.

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    November 2, 2011

    Brunch in the 'Burbs: Crab Cake Benedict at Merche in Cypress

    Crab cake Benedict​I pass Merche, which specializes in Spanish-Italian fusion and is located on the campus of the North Cypress Medical Center, every time I drive out to my parents' house in Fairfield, but had never stopped in until this past Sunday. I had heard Dana Tyson talk about it on Sun ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Lobsters and Clams at Bistro Le Cep

    Anamaris Cousins PriceLobster Clambake​A typical clambake is built on a bed of seaweed and stones, then heated on a pit or grill over firewood. The ingredients will include a variety of seafood, such as clams, mussels and lobster; much like in a crawfish boil, potatoes, corn and sausage are of ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Food Fight: Washington Avenue Crab Cakes

    Soma's Crab Cakes 4.0​June marks the start of blue crab season in Texas. While Houston has a plethora of restaurants serving up this tasty little crustacean, I decided to delve into just one of its many forms - the crab cake. And to narrow it down further, I focused my battle on Houston's own ... More >>

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    April 29, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Danton Nix of Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

    Baked Oysters Dan Jr.​When I told my friends that I was doing a Chef Chat with Danton's, the response was almost uniform: "I love that place!" Judging from the comments on parts one and two of this Chef Chat, many readers feel the same way. Danton Nix may call himself a mere cook, but his food ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Fish Sandwich Fridays: Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

    Joanna O'LearyCrab Cake Burger at Danton's​In honor of Lent and in an attempt to revive my own (lapsed) Catholicism, I have been reviewing a fish sandwich (loosely defined) each Friday from a local Houston restaurant. Here's the last one. The Crab Cake Burger at Danton's In this installment o ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Bangkok Soft-Shell Crabs at Nidda Thai Cuisine

    ​Geri Maria Harris's recent post on Houston's Top 5 Thai Restaurants definitely included one of my favorites: Nidda. Geri named stir-fried eggplant and the Nidda Shrimp as standout dishes; to that list I would add the Bangkok Soft-Shell Crabs. I'm always seeking out my favorite crustacean ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Oysters on Oysters at BRC Gastropub

    ​Lately, I don't pass up an opportunity to have oysters. I love them plain, with their salty brininess, and dressed up, all covered in cheeses, cream, and breadcrumbs. As with soft-shell crabs, I dream of a restaurant that offers buckets of fried oysters accompanied by cups o' dipping sauce li ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Soft-Shell Crab at Pico's Mex-Mex: The Real Deal

    ​Soft-shell crabs are one seafood item that are largely unaffected by the Gulf oil spill. As such, this somehow makes them less and more special at the same time: The little, freshly-molted crabs are more numerous than ever in comparison to other Gulf seafood, yet because they mostly escaped t ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Soft-Shell Crab (Legs) at Patu's Thai Cusine

    ​I try to eat, or should I say, enjoy as much soft-shell crab possible while it's in season, but for the second time in a row, I have failed. Recently at Reef, I attempted to order their gigonzo tempura soft-shell crab (big as my forearm, no joke) only to find out they were out that night. Al ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 17, 2010

    Don't Miss Dish

    Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Nachos at Cyclone Anaya's

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    April 21, 2010

    Suck the Head and Pinch the Tail at Calliope's Po-Boys

    ​ Robb Walsh confirmed that crawfish season goes into full swing after Easter. Well, it's past Easter, and we're ready for our mudbugs. Faint of heart, stop reading now. You just can't understand the undying love for these freshwater crustaceans. But if your heart starts beating faster just at ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Carlos Rodriguez of Vic & Anthony's

    Fabio​Our interview with Carlos Rodriguez of Vic & Anthony's revealed how much work has gone into the restaurant's menu. Rodriguez spent seven months in the test kitchen developing menu items, and a panel of testers including Tilman Fertitta tested each dish. Some recipes we see today on the m ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    Krabby Patty Sandwich

    ​On the way to Baton Rouge, I hit Lake Charles around noon and decided to take a break. The crab cake burger at Mazen's Seafood on Prien Lake Road made a decent lunch. The crab cake was a nice blend of crabmeat and seasoned breading served with lettuce, red onion, and cherry tomatoes on toaste ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    Mamma Mia

    Sonia's ravioli stuffed with chicken and mushrooms at Arturo's.

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    August 27, 2009

    Battleground Fried Shrimp

    The Monument Inn continues an old tradition of dining on hallowed ground.

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    July 30, 2009
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    March 27, 2009

    You've Got Crabs! Of the Soft-Shell Variety

    Take me to your eater For true seafood lovers, one of Mother Nature's greatest inventions is undoubtedly the soft-shell crab. "Softies" are one of those rare creatures that seem engineered specifically for human consumption. For the uninitiated, a soft-shell crab is a crab that has just molted ( ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    November 1, 2007

    Valentino's Seafood

    A Texas shrimper is finding out how hard it is to run a seafood restaurant in Houston

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    September 13, 2007


    Plain and Simple

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    September 6, 2007


    Sunny Oysters

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    December 7, 2006

    Jazz and Oysters

    The cocktail lounge at Tommy's is the perfect antidote for Norman Rockwell holidays

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    June 29, 2006

    Crabs and More

    Forno's of Italy

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    April 20, 2006

    The Cajun Cocktail Queens

    Get your spicy mudbugs and fried shrimp and join the party at Floyd's

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    April 22, 2004

    As You Like It

    Magnolia Bar & Grill

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    February 5, 2004

    Raw Weather

    This winter's oyster season is the best in recent history

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    November 13, 2003

    Slow Down for Crabs

    Blue Water Seafood's got a wonderfully crusty coastal feel

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    May 1, 2003

    Bigger and Battered

    Where does Baytown Seafood get those enormous shrimp?

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    April 26, 2001
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    June 26, 1997

    Soft and Crabby

    Summer's the right time for many things -- but none better than soft-shell supping

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