Some restaurants epitomize the soul of their cities. There's Brown's Diner and the Pancake Pantry in Nashville, cheese-steak joints like Pat's and Geno's Steaks in Philly, and many a corner pizzeria in Chicago and NYC.
For Houston, Frenchy's is just as iconic. The Creuzot family's fried chicken / Creole chain is quintessentially old school Houston, a spiced-up Gulf Coast variation on Old South cooking. Frenchy's is part of the culture here. Generations of TSU and UH students have come up on their fare, and local rappers sing its praises and show it off to visiting reporters. Just the other day, local musician/Marfa club owner David Beebe was attempting to explain the greatness of Third Ward-bred pimpariffic musical genius Johnny "Guitar" Watson, and he came up with this: "He's my idol even beyond Doug Sahm -- the ultimate Texas rocker with a solid helping of Frenchy's, an H-Town rep to the Nth degree."
As with Watson, so it is with Frenchy's, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend with two events.
Frenchy's Main Street Grille will host a "future of the brand" celebration from one to four at the 8110 Kirby location. The party will feature Texans and Dynamo cheerleaders, lots of stuff for kids, heaping helpings of Frenchy's cuisine, and funky second-line New Orleans jazz courtesy of the Young Fellas Brass Band. There will also be a chance to win a summer's supply of free Frenchy's if you can guess the number of boxes in the company van.
You'd expect there to be some partyin' at the original location at 6102 Scott Street, and you wouldn't be wrong. That shindig begins at 6 p.m. and continues to 9 p.m. Both events are free.