Here, Eat This

Late Night at BB's Tex-Orleans

Bright lights beckon hungry Houstonians in the wee hours.
Bright lights beckon hungry Houstonians in the wee hours. Photo by Kate McLean
Not ready to call it quits at 9 p.m. every day? We're looking at the best places Houston has for late-night sustenance.

Just like a big-breasted grandmother, BB’s Tex-Orleans welcomes patrons with a warm hug and a po’boy or two. When all other Montrose joints close early—maybe it’s cold, maybe it’s slow— BB’s kitchen stays open until at least 2:45 a.m. every day of the week. As Houston’s late night landscape continues to grow, let’s not forget about the places that have always had our back.

A boisterous foursome of ladies attacking a fried Shrimp Platter while slinging hot gossip back and forth. An industry worker hunched over a cup of gumbo, eye lids half-mast, saltine wrappers accumulating.  A goth chick slurping down a daiquiri, showing her phone to a pierced dude as they snicker. Brick meets tile meets NOLA wrought iron in this cozy Montrose café where whatever you’re craving has a home on the menu.

Didn’t know you were getting waffles, did you? A glance at The Elvis Waffle description will do just that. ‘Nanas, peanut butter chips, bacon ( I think they forgot the bacon), and Nutella sauce checker a giant Belgian waffle—just the way the King would have dug it, may he rest in peace. Paired with milk it’s probably perfect. Paired with Cabernet—well, that’s on me.

click to enlarge The Elvis Waffle, Maw Maw's Gumbo, and Wake and Bake Burger from BB's. - PHOTO BY KATE MCLEAN
The Elvis Waffle, Maw Maw's Gumbo, and Wake and Bake Burger from BB's.
Photo by Kate McLean

Breakfast-wise, they also offer Chicken and Waffles as well as a few breakfast po’boys and The Southern Man—a play on steak on eggs, but with fried catfish.

The Po’boy section is where things get crazy. Fried shrimp, fried oyster, check, check. The Surf and Turf is fried shrimp with roast beef “debris” and pepper jack cheese—damn, okay, okay. Fried catfish, fried chicken, chicken fajita, beef fajita; they all find their place between iconic Leidenheimer buns. Vegetarians, guess what? They have you covered with the “Anti-Oxidant Castle.” Just in case you forgot to take your B-12 today. Ayyy.

The Wake and Bake burger is a game-set-match kind of meal. It’s hard to tell what makes it so good—the fried egg, the creamy chipotle remoulade, the bacon, the melty American cheese? Perhaps it’s that soft, jalapeño cheddar bun.  “I really want to mount that burger,” Brian Brossa, who is currently in ketosis, said longingly. Shoestring French fries are served alongside a ketchup ramekin big enough to hold the amount needed to complement.  It's the little things.

Creole basics, present and accounted for—Boudin Balls, Hush Puppies, Miller’s Red Beans & Rice, and Mama B’s Shrimp N’ Grits. Maw Maw’s Gumbo is killer, of course. Our server recommended the Chicken & Andouille sausage gumbo and we're glad he did. Strips of dark meat and half-moons of sausage float in a rich, thickened broth. Served on the side is one hush puppy, a small ramekin of white rice, and saltine crackers, and, hey there, nice to see you, Crystal hot sauce.

Even at 2 a.m., the waitstaff and management provide exceptional service; enough to warrant a golf clap from the industry people they're serving.

Daiquiri's: got ‘em. Bloody Mary’s: got ‘em. Brews: got ‘em. Mimosas: got ‘em. The only thing missing is the law that says you can walk outside the building with them, but I guess we can live with that.

BB’s Tex-Orleans
2710 Montrose
The kitchen is open Sunday through Thursday until 2:45 a.m. and Friday through Saturday until 4 a.m.
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