One thing great about Texas, is that it hauls in tons of fresh seafood from the Gulf Coast every year, so when it says "fresh" at your favorite restaurant in Houston, it means fresh! Many restaurants are known for their popular seafood cuisine, such as Danton's, Truluck's and The Remington Restaurant, where you will find tourists and locals flocking to the scene, especially in the summer, to enjoy the freshest catch offered on the menu. Houston's seafood restaurants have had staying power due to the convenience of the city's layout, local fishing business and the culinary professionals who know how to put a fresh spin on a signature dish. Houston has created a substantial market for attracting seafood lovers and whether you are a fan of oysters, shrimp or something more extravagant, like the Blue Water Boil served at Blue Water Seafood, Houston has a slew of offerings that will tantalize the fish fetish in anyone who is looking for the freshest catch of the day. Everything's bigger in Texas, right? Well, it's the same for the fish! Gulf-sized and juicy, Texans and tourists alike will find what they are searching for in Houston's best seafood restaurants.
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Signature Louisiana style offerings govern the menu at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in the Upper Kirby area of Houston. With several locations and generations of experience behind these doors, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen has become a household name in Houston. Fresh Creole seafood specials such as Crawfish & Shrimp Fondeaux and Atlantic Salmon Yvette are popular items at the restaurant. The menu offers a wide variety of flavorful, appetizers, entrees, salads and homemade desserts. Seasonal dishes are featured throughout the year, truly inspired by the New Orleans French Quarter. They offer a full bar, drink specials, plenty of beer and a nice assortment of bottled wine to compliment any dish. (713-527-9137)
Tommy's Seafood & Steakhouse
Head to the Clear Lake area of Houston if you want to take advantage of a wide variety of fresh seafood offerings at Tommy's Restaurant and Oyster Bar. A full service restaurant with over 35 years of pleasing customers under their belt buckles, this Texas favorite has much to offer in the seafood department. Galveston Bay Oysters are a primary delicacy at Tommy's since the owner is an advocate for encouraging the Texas House of Representatives to protect the freshwater that flows down the Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers. Lunch and Dinner specialties include freshly shucked to a Double Oyster Rockefeller delight. Black and Blue Tuna, Crab, Rainbow Trout and Crispy Salmon are also featured. Appetizing dishes like Fried Asparagus and Escargot are certain to please the pallet and if steaks or pork chops are on your mind, you will find them on the menu, too. The Carrot Souflee is a great way to finish a hearty meal at one of Houston's finest seafood restaurants. (281-679-1112)
Massa's Seafood Grill
This family owned gem of the sea is a respected Houston establishment offering a plethora of multicultural fresh fish recipes, blending a traditional fare with a twenty-first union of fusion. Creole lovers can gulp a Gulf-sized gumbo and the down-home crowd can enjoy a specialty entrée of Shrimp and Grits. The lunch menu provides an assortment of wholesome dishes, like Pecan Chicken Salad or Healthy Manhattan Fish Chowder. The restaurant's website offers weekend specials on wine, online reservations and gift certificates. The décor could use a fresh coat of paint and a contemporary sweep, but with such reasonable prices, it's a good choice if you want to go easy on the pocket book. The charming ocean mural on the wall gives Massa's a unique setting, which is a pleasant sight for the whole family. (713-655-9100)
Fresh American cuisine and affordable elegance make this seafood restaurant a culinary gem. Utilizing the best ingredients from around the world, Masraff's serves everything from herb seared tuna with wasabi potatoes to creamy paella risotto stewed in flavorful saffron stock. The bar area features an elevated fireplace, but patrons can also dine outside on the patio by the waterfall. The sommelier expertly guides diners through an extensive wine list to find the perfect pairing. (713-355-1975)
At Reef, diners dive into scrumptious seafood dishes featuring the freshest daily catches and deliciously distinctive flavor combinations. The chefs expertly prepare seafood with Gulf Coast, Mediterranean and Asian influences, with standout options including slow baked salmon, crispy-skin snapper and grilled scallops. Pair your meal with one of the restaurant's 1,500 hand-selected wines or creative cocktails. You can also get a sneak peek at the kitchen from the market-style fish room. (713-526-8282)
Blue Water Seafood
Characterized as a crab shack, Blue Water is pleasantly relaxed and as casual as they come. Folks often stop in to linger over fresh seafood, and they drive in especially for spicy (seasonal) crawfish. You'll also discover garlicky Dungeness crabs, blueshell crabs, and delicious oysters, both raw and mesquite-roasted. If you're interested in more put-together fare, they serve a fisherman's platter and boiled dinners. TVs let you catch up with the world as you while away a few hours, and there's no better place to sit than at a picnic table on the porch. (281-895-9222)
A favorite among the trendy Houstonians, Truluck's offers an upscale aesthetic donned with professional servers, bar staff and management. Start your dinner with a selection from their international wine list and select an appealing appetizer from their starter section, like the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp or a Goat Cheese Trio. Contemporary seafood classics dominate the menu, including delicious Stone Crabs, Viking Village Sea Scallops and South Georgia Island Chilean Sea Bass. However, if you are a vegetarian, don't worry, they offer Sauteed Falafel just for you. Meat eaters can savor an Angus all natural ribeye or top a center-cut filet Oscar style. One of Truluck's most popular dishes is a steak enhanced with lightly blackened Pontchartrain served with Crab Fried Rice. Make sure you save room for dessert offerings, because you don't want to miss out on their pecan praline cheesecake, carrot cake, or delicious mocha almond fudge pie. (713-783-7270)
Oceanfaire Seafood Room
An award-winning restaurant chain, the Oceanaire Seafood Room in Houston boasts an incredible view, overlooking the Galleria and Westheimer and Post Oak. The restaurant has a tranquil glow, romantic ambiance and tastefully crafted menu, which changes daily, featuring Chef inspired signature dishes. Oceanaire's mission is to find the freshest fish available, and they will go to any coast to find it. Oysters hail from Prince Edward Island, Manhattan, and Nova Scotia. Stuffed Alaskan Sole is featured as a Classic entrée, served with crab, shrimp, spinach and tomato chive butter. Other tried and true selections include the Seafood Martini, which piles fresh lobster, jumbo lump crab, and shrimp on a bed of Kim Chi Slaw and Grilled Palacios Texas Redfish on the half shell with jalapeno and bacon pan sauce and dirty rice. High on inventiveness, the menu reads like a script from your favorite foodie show. Make sure you save room for Warm Cookies and milk before you head off to your food coma. (832-487-8862)
All over Houston, seafood enthusiasts proclaim that Danton's in Montrose offers the best, juiciest oysters in the city. If you are an oyster connoisseur, you will enjoy the assortment of offerings, from Oyster's Kyle featuring six Gulf oysters sautéed in garlic lemon butter and special spices or order them as one of their featured Gulf Coast Dinners, grilled over oak and hickory or fried in peanut oil with a scrumptious two side selection. Salad choices include, the Grilled Salmon Salad served on a bed of greens, topped with blueberries, pecans and bleu cheese and sandwiches like, the Crab Cake Burger, made with blue crab, garlic and Remoulade make a delightful lunch. Other specialties include Signature Dishes such as, Pecan Crusted Rainbow Trout, served with a special Bianca sauce and fresh basil with angel hair pasta and Blackened Catfish Enchiladas. Every one who treats him or herself to a night out at Danton's is sure to have a fresh caught meal in an inviting, warm atmosphere that's not too elegant, but not too casual either. (7138078883)
About Heather J. Taylor
Heather J. Taylor grew up an “Army Brat” with her family roots deeply grounded in Texas. When she was twenty, she moved to London on scholarship to study performing arts at Regent's College and The Poor School of Acting. She worked oversea in marketing and public relations while continuing to build her entertainment career.
After returning to the States, Heather worked in film production as a casting director, make-up artist and producer. She founded the City Lights Studio for Actors in Savannah, GA and won numerous awards as a theatre director. In 2001, she moved to Los Angeles and appeared on Comedy Central, A&E Biography and worked on films including, “Kings of the Evening.”
Heather's writing has been published internationally in all forms of media and she's an avid photographer. The “Army Brat” with Texas roots now continues her odyssey in Houston, always searching for a unique experience or an outrageous encounter that she can explore to the core.
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