Houston's Best Cajun/Creole

August 15, 2016
by Zagat Staff

From gumbo to jambalaya and everything in between, get your Cajun/Creole cuisine fix at one of these Houston eateries.

Brennan's of Houston
Cajun · Midtown · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

An “way to visit New Orleans” without leaving town, this “peerless” Creole classic in Midtown combines “impeccable old-school service” , an “elegant setting” in a structure designed to evoke the Vieux Carré and “outstanding” food that includes – but goes well beyond – the “holy trinity of turtle soup, eggs Benedict and bananas Foster” (plus cocktails that'll “knock you off your barstool” ); the prices are “expense-account heaven” , but hey, “it’s more than just a meal, it’s an experience.”
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

“Excellent-quality seafood” is the centerpiece of this Cajun-inspired “upscale chain” that doles out “generous” portions of gumbo, fried shrimp and crab; service can be “hit-or-miss” , but the “eclectic ambiance takes you right back to the bayou” , albeit a bayou that’s “busy, busy, busy” and “noisy.”
Treebeards on Market Square
Southern American · Downtown · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

“Tasty” , “hearty” lunches are at the heart of this daytime-only Downtown chain known for its “awesome” jambalaya, “classic” beans and rice and other “authentic, fresh and original” Southern-Cajun fare; the quaint setups operate cafeteria-style, making meals “quick and easy.”
BB's Cafe
Cajun · Briargrove · $
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

“Excellent gumbo and po’ boys” , “fresh oysters” and other “great Cajun favorites” bring out Louisiana lovers to this “laid-back” cafe chainlet; “kitschy” digs feature tin walls, memorabilia and artwork, and the atmosphere is so lively that “sometimes it feels more like a bar than a restaurant” , especially when fans gather to “catch a Saints game” ; P.S. most locations have late-night hours.
Ragin’ Cajun Restaurant
Cajun · Briargrove · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Outstanding gumbo” , “can’t-be-beat” red beans and rice and, when they’re in season, “spicy, tasty” crawfish are all reasons why this local counter-serve Cajun “joint” is so popular; walls feature “sports memorabilia” , license plates and the like, so it’s a given that it’s “casual.”