Top Cajun Food In Houston

March 26, 2014 8:00 AM

Houston is close enough to Louisiana that we get numerous transplants from that state, and with them, they bring their favorite Cajun and Creole dishes like etouffee, gumbo, po-boy sandwiches and boiled crawfish. Find some of the best places around town where you can enjoy the cuisine of Louisiana.
BB’s Café
2710 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-4499

BB’s Café is a late-night hot spot for grabbing a filling bite of Cajun favorites that are made with a Texas flair. Po-boys, Chalmette macaroni and gumbo are popular on the menu. It also serves filling breakfast foods like burritos and brunch plates if craving an early morning meal. If you are looking for Cajun food late at night, stop at one of the three BB’s Café locations open until midnight on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.Related: How To Cook Authentic Cajun Gumbo

Zydeco Kitchen
1856 Barker Cypress Road
Houston, TX 77084
(281) 646-1356

Zydeco Kitchen is currently a lunch spot at all three of its locations, but evening and weekend hours are coming soon for the Cypress location. This cafeteria-style restaurant features filling, Cajun favorites like cornbread, black-eyed peas, okra and tomatoes, snapper Creole, chicken fricassee and crawfish etouffee. For under $10, you can get a flavorful, stick-to-your ribs, authentic Louisiana meal. Like other cafeterias, the main dishes that are served change frequently. Call ahead to see what is being served that day. Zydeco Kitchen also caters large functions in need of some authentic Cajun food.

315 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 228-2622

Downtown denizens and workers flock to the main Treebeards location at lunchtime, making this a hot spot for lunch since 1978. It is also one of the most well known restaurants for Cajun cooking, with a slightly milder touch than other places. Try the red beans and rice or the shrimp etouffee. Other dishes here are inspired by the entire South, not just Louisiana, like chicken fried chicken with cream gravy or fried catfish. Treebeards is a local institution, and though this restaurant has many branches, you will only find them in downtown Houston, including one location inside the tunnels. Wherever you are downtown, you will likely be close to the Louisiana favorites from Treebeards.

7590 W. Bellfort St.
Houston, TX 77071
(713) 773-2099

Calliope’s sells an interesting mixture of New Orleans-style po-boys and Chinese food. You can get enormous seafood po-boys or fried rice. There are egg rolls on the menu next to traditional Louisiana crawfish boil dinners. In 2010, Calliope’s was named for having the best po-boys in the city. Some of the many options you can get on the specialty po-boys here are fried or grilled catfish, fried oysters, roast beef with gravy, fried crawfish, surf and turf or Patton’s Louisiana hot sausage.

The Cajun Stop
2130 Jefferson St.
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 222-8333

Just to the east of downtown is a little Cajun cookery that has been making people smile since 2009. A Hurricane Katrina evacuee made her home here in Houston and brought along her favorite recipes for rich and flavorful Cajun dishes. You can get the signature breakfast of New Orleans here – café au lait with beignets. At lunch, you can also try boiled shrimp, crawfish or crab legs during those seasons or feast on gumbo, etouffee, jambalaya and other tasty favorites. The po-boys, including flavors like the roast beef, are one of the most popular dishes for people who are looking for a sandwich at lunch from The Cajun Stop.Related: Top Bread Bowls In Houston

Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at

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