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"Winter," or the season that isn't summer here in Houston, is the perfect time for a bowl of gumbo. The stew is a Gulf Coast classic, perfect for a cozy night indoors or a party with several friends (like Saturday's Gumbo Smackdown at Sugar Land Town Square). Now, we want you to come Saturday, but why stop there? Restaurants across the city have gumbo on offer—sometimes all year long. Here's a rundown:

  • Goode Company Seafood: Get a cup or bowl of shrimp, crab, or seafood (shrimp, crab, oyster) gumbo. $8 cup, $15 bowl.
  • Eunice: You'd better believe Louisiana chef Drake Leonards put gumbo on his menu. Drew's Smoked Chicken & Sausage Gumbo ($10/$13) has authentic long-grain popcorn rice and okra, naturally.
  • BB's Tex-Orleans: Maw Maw's Gumbo ($4.95 or $5.95/$11.95 or $12.95) comes with either shrimp or chicken and sausage. Add crab meat for a few extra bucks.
  • Treebeards: Gumbo is a treat at the Houston workday staple. It's chicken and sausage from Monday to Wednesday ($3.95/$7.95) and seafood on Thursday and Friday ($4.50/$8.95).
  • Liberty Kitchen Oyster Bar: Get a whole crab, shrimp, and andouille sausage gumbo ($9.50/$14), which has fried oysters and okra, and can be served with potato salad instead of rice.
  • The Cajun Stop: This EaDo hang has seafood and po'boys, but it's the gumbo that gets people talking. Chicken and sausage ($3.95/$6.95) and seafood ($4.89/$8.25) are both on offer here.
  • Esther's Cajun Cafe & Soul Food: This spot on Yale in Independence Heights serves up three sizes of gumbo ($6/$9.50/$14.95), and on Friday and Saturday the gumbo special comes with a fried fish fillet for $13.79.
  • Zydeco Louisiana Diner: They serve chicken and sausage gumbo here, for $7 or $9. 
  • Brennan's of Houston: The seafood gumbo here includes filé, a sassafras powder that was an early way to thicken gumbo, plus toasted garlic rice from Jazzmen, a Louisiana company.
  • The Rouxpour Restaurant & Bar: Of course this Louisiana kitchen has gumbo, and it's pretty darn popular. Its chicken and sausage gumbo comes at $6.99/$14.95, and its seafood gumbo with sausage is $7.99/$16.95
  • Ragin' Cajun: Luke Mandola Sr.'s Cajun shack (in Richmond and Westchase) serves up shrimp and crab ($7/$11) and chicken and sausage ($6/$10). On Wednesdays, get either with French bread and a drink for $12.
  • Connie's Seafood Restaurant: With four locations, Connie's offers a combination of American Gulf favorites and Latin specialties. It has a seafood gumbo for $5.99/$9.79.
  • Louisiana Fish House: Get an inexpensive eight-ounce shrimp gumbo ($3.49). Mediums are $6.49 and larges are $11.49.

That only scratches the surface. You can catch a couple of these restaurants at Saturday's Gumbo Smackdown. Get $10 off your ticket by using promo code BLOG.

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