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Babin's Seafood House

There's a long wait for tables during lunch and dinner at what is arguably the best seafood house on Houston's north side; they also don't take reservations. The seafood is remarkably fresh, and sometimes better than you get in Galveston or Kemah. The fried flounder is expertly prepared and never overcooked and Amberjack is often available. Even the side dishes are special, most notably the Cajun-style dirty rice. Good wines are served by the glass. The waiters are overworked, but they try hard at this Shenandoah establishment.