Long gone are the days of driving over to Pappadeaux in Seabrook for a spicy dish of étouffée, a plate of crispy fried alligator or a 20-minute wait for a table. While a couple of Cajun and Creole spots have opened up since Hurricane Ike washed away the Pappas chain in 2008, today the Houston Press visits League City's newest Creole restaurant, Roux House French Creole Cafe.
Located in a shopping strip, squeezed between Scotty’s Pub and San Lorenzo’s Mexican Restaurant, is Roux House Creole Cafe. Roux House is a bright, welcoming spot with cheerful New Orleans jazz playing and hanging red shutters that direct you to a chalkboard wall menu as soon as you walk in. Choose from stews and gumbos,
Just to the left of the ordering counter is a wooden bar with four white metal stools. On the wall above the bar area, there is a television that plays a live feed of the intersection at Bourbon Street and St. Peter Street in New Orleans. This restaurant has a stocked bar, so you can order a classic Hurricane or have a glass of wine with your meal. After deciding what to eat, place your order at the counter, grab your number and have a seat in this surprisingly spacious cafe.
The tables are comfortably scattered throughout the restaurant and topped with black and white checkered tablecloths and condiment baskets filled with red and green Tabasco, Crystal and extra napkins. Hanging on the exposed brick walls with rustic lanterns are various framed pieces of New Orleans-themed art, from Mardi Gras posters to old black and whites of the French Quarter, including a turn-of-the-century photo of the Old Absinthe House. Arched walkways and indoor columns add extra pizzazz to this already lively joint. Check out the stone indoor water fountain, but make sure the kiddos don’t play in it. There is a warning sign that states, “Children found playing on the fountain will be thrown in the gumbo pot!”
First to the table is a bowl of Gulf shrimp bisque, with slow-simmered Gulf shrimp stock, cream and
Other appetizers are fried alligator, Gulf shrimp
Next up is the classic crawfish étouffée: sautéed Louisiana crawfish tails smothered in a rich, dark roux-based gravy, finished with butter,
Other entrées include mustard-fried catfish, red beans with andouille and tasso, and shrimp creole, all for under $15. For lighter lunch options, try the Creole cafe salad with your choice of grilled chicken, house-smoked turkey, or boiled shrimp on mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, carrots and a boiled egg, or choose from a shrimp burger, Creole grilled chicken and Swiss sandwich, or the house-smoked turkey, Gruyère and honey-bacon sandwich. Combos are also
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Bread pudding is the grand finale. Homemade cheesecake and Almond Snickers
“This restaurant has been years in the making," Roux House’s chef and founder, Beau
Roux House French Creole Café
3202 Marina Bay Drive, Suite L
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Mondays.