A few weeks ago, I visited Houston, Texas for the first time and I couldn’t wait to try some uniquely Texas eats. One of my goals was to try a local fast food joint, so where better than a quick stop at James Coney Island for some hot dogs? Of course, I had to try the classic Cheese Coney (shown above). It came with mustard, onions, chili sauce, and cheese whiz (mmmmm)!!! Honestly, I could’ve taken down ten of these – no joke – they were that good!
I was also excited to eat at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, which I learned was a famous family-owned restaurant chain. Even though I wanted to try everything on the menu, I decided on a bowl of gumbo and oysters to start, and the Catfish Opelousas (which I struggled to pronounce as I placed my order). The catfish was delicious; it was topped with shrimp, oysters, and crab meat in a spicy and creamy sauce, with flavorful “dirty rice” on the side. Don’t forget to squeeze some lemon juice onto the fish…YUM.
I couldn’t leave Houston without having had some real Texas BBQ, so we stopped by Rudy’s. We ordered the Moist Brisket (yep, exactly what it’s called), Pork Ribs, Jalapeño Sausage, Rudy’s Beans, and Cream Corn. The Cream Corn was so sweet and creamy, the perfect pairing with the barbecued meats. The Moist Brisket was my favorite!
While I’m on the topic of delicious meat, one of the most memorable meals I had was at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse. This restaurant had the look and feel of a classic steakhouse, with dim lighting, fancy ambience, and impeccable service. At the entrance, a glass window displaying cuts of meat and huge lobster tails was a sign of amazing food to come. For dinner, I ordered a juicy ribeye, and let me just say the picture does not do it justice. Our table also shared a few starters: crab cakes, roasted bacon, and tuna tartare. The crab cake was top notch, made with whole chunks of real crab meat, just how I like it.
Lastly, I had the chance to visit Galveston Island and ate at the Saltwater Grill. I had the Cioppino which was filled with all kinds of seafood like shrimp, fish, mussels, and clams in a hearty tomato sauce. It was so tasty and extremely filling… a great way to end such a memorable trip!