As houston's breezier days start to emerge, it's officially time for those warm southern dishes. The Lone Star state takes note from our neighbors in Louisiana for popular seasonal favorites, especially when it comes to gumbo. The savory cajun dish stems from the word "gombo," which is defined as okra in many West African dialects.
Made with a dark, gravy-like roux and served over rice, a nice bowl of mixed seafood and meats is just what you need to christen your home for the fall. Here's how you can celebrate National Gumbo Day in Houston at these local eateries.
Brennan's of Houston
When you want excellent seafood with a Texas-Creole twang, Brennan's is the place to be. This week, try their classic Creole gumbo brimming with crab, shrimp, and oysters. The soup-like dish is served over garlic Jazzmen rice and a chef’s blend of filé.
Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith Street. For more information, visit, https://brennanshouston.com
Bayou City Seafood & Pasta
The casual brick-walled joint serves all things Cajun, and gumbo is no exception. Taste the best of both worlds with their seafood, chicken, or sausage gumbo offerings.
Bayou City Seafood & Pasta, 4712 Richmond Avenue. For more information, visit, https://bayoucityseafood.net
Landry's Seafood House
Landry's Seafood House brings the Gulf Coast experience to the Bayou City with its hearty gumbo. Get a taste of Landry's famous chicken and sausage gumbo offering for the national celebration. Made with a special seafood stock, a bowl of gumbo will surely be filling.
Landry's Seafood House, multiple locations. For more information, visit https://landrysseafood.com
Esther's Cajun Cafe and Soul Food
According to the website, Chef Esther Lewis-Bernard is the matriarch in her family, and she's revered as the queen of Cajun and soul food cuisine. The original location, located in the Heights serves up three sizes of gumbo, and on Friday and Saturday, the gumbo special comes with a fried fish fillet.
Esther's Cajun Cafe and Soul Food, 5204 Yale Street. For more information, visit, https://estherscajunsoul.com
Goode Company Seafood
The Goode Company conglomerate has an array of cuisines under their umbrella, and cajun food is one of them. Enjoy a cup or bowl of Goode Company's seafood gumbo, made with shrimp and crab.
Goode Company Seafood, multiple locations. For more information, visit, https://goodecompanyseafood.com
BB's Tex Orleans
The Texas-Louisiana fusion found its home in Houston at BB's Tex Orleans. Priding themselves on being Houston's late-night and weekend Cajun headquarters, their homemade gumbo is a top pick for any time of the day.
BB's Tex Orleans, multiple locations. To find a location near you, visit, https://bbstexorleans.com
Zydeco Louisiana Diner
The cafeteria-style restaurant serves up Louisiana home cooking in the heart of downtown Houston. Prepared fresh daily, the diner offers both shrimp and crab claw gumbo, as well as chicken and sausage.
Zydeco Louisiana Diner, 1119 Pease Street. For more information, visit, https://zydecolouisianadiner.com