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Where to Find a Great Bowl of Gumbo in Houston

By Amber Ambrose | February 11, 2014 By Amber Ambrose  |  February 11, 2014

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.

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  • 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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Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

Seafood Museum District
Food24 Decor21 Service22 Cost$38
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Food22 Decor21 Service21 Cost$38
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Brennan's Houston

Creole Midtown
Food27 Decor28 Service28 Cost$61
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Rainbow Lodge

American Heights
Food26 Decor26 Service26 Cost$71
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Tony Mandola's

Seafood Montrose
Food25 Decor22 Service25 Cost$39

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