Where to Find a Great Bowl of Gumbo in Houston

7 restaurants where the traditional Louisiana dish is getting its due
February 11, 2014
by Amber Ambrose

It's cold and rainy, but a steaming bowl of gumbo is calling your name. Luckily for Houston, the great state of Louisiana has had plenty of influence on the dining scene, which also means there's plenty of bowls of gumbo to go around. Any one of these seven restaurants offers their own special blend of roux and ingredients, so all you have to do is order.

Tony Mandola's 

Style: It's called "Mama's" gumbo if that gives you any indication
What's in it: Shrimp and crab (Creole-style)
Price: $7 a cup, $10 a bowl

1212 Waugh Dr.; 713-528-3474

Brennan's Houston

Style: A little bit like Mom used to make, but with plenty of chef's updates
What's in it: Whatever's on the menu for the week (the latest is shrimp and okra)
Price: $9

3300 Smith St.; 713-522-9711

Rainbow Lodge 

Style: It'd be the gumbo you'd find at a fancy hunting lodge
What's in it: Smoked duck with andouille sausage and wild rice pilaf
Price: $7

2011 Ella Blvd.; 713-861-8666

Liberty Kitchen

Style: Fancypants ingredients in a traditional base that pleases even the pickiest of Cajun connoisseurs
What's in it: Whole crab, shrimp and andouille sausage or the whopping All-Star with brisket, smoked chicken, andouille sausage, Maine lobster, jumbo shrimp, oysters, fried oysters, jumbo lump crab, blackened redfish, potato salad and fried okra
Price: $10 / $30

1050 Studewood St.; 713-802-0533

Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood

Style: Like Mom used to make, with a thick, dark roux
What's in it: Either seafood with shrimp, crab and oysters or chicken and sausage
Price: $6.95 for a cup, $10.95 for a bowl

4611 Montrose Blvd.; 713-807-8883

Goode Company Seafood 

Style: A Texas take on the Louisiana classic with a medium-dark roux
What's in it: You can order it with crab, shrimp or the seafood gumbo with crab, shrimp and oysters
Price: $6.95 a cup, $10.95 a bowl

Multiple Locations

Zydeco Louisiana Diner 

Style: Like Mom used to make
What's in it: Choose from seafood, chicken and sausage or a combination of the two
Price: Between $5.25 and $6.25 for a cup, $6.25 to $7.25 for a bowl

Multiple Locations

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