According to one estimate, seafood that's been left in the sun for more than 79 days will taste markedly worse than fresh seafood. Feast on freshly prepared seafood with today's Groupon, offering $30 worth of authentic Cajun eats and drinks at Orleans Seafood Kitchen for $15. This authentic eatery is located in Katy, less than 30 minutes outside of Houston, and boasts a thriving bar scene, freshly made sauces, and weekly events.
Jackson Market Fresh Seafood's rotating menu relies on what nearby fishermen can ensnare in their nets, which often includes both freshwater and saltwater crustaceans such as crawfish and blue crabs. Once captured and cleaned, the seafood appears fried on top of po' boy rolls, barbecued on specialty platters, and grilled in baskets alongside fries and sides of butter sauce. Creole-inspired soups and gumbos can be purchased as single servings or by the gallon for filling troughs at seals-only cafeterias.
It might be fast food, but Catfish Station doesn’t churn out greasy burgers and chicken sandwiches. At this small drive-thru-only eatery, line cooks hand batter fresh catfish and super-jumbo shrimp, which are approximately the size of Poseidon's palms. Patrons can enjoy meals in “snack packs,” which pair the golden-fried treats with french fries and hush puppies or on top of po’ boy sandwiches smothered in housemade tartar sauce. The kitchen also ladles sausage-and-seafood gumbo over white rice and assembles family-size orders with catfish and shrimp by the pound.
The River Oaks sushi stop serves up fresh seafully inclined fare for lunch and dinner daily. For dinner, start with an order of salt-and-pepper shrimp (jumbo shrimp stir-fried with sweet sautéed onions, $7) or the southern-battered fried oysters ($7) with cocktail and tartar sauce. Nigiri selections such as super white tuna ($3.50) or unagi ($2.50) pepper the sushi menu alongside elegant rolled treats such as the tiger-eye roll ($7.50) filled with smoked salmon, cream cheese, jalapeño, and spicy mayonnaise, and the signature Fins roll ($9), an inside-out roll with spicy crab and tuna, topped with masago, green onion, more crab, and more tuna. Elegant entrees will please the forkfully inclined, including the miso-marinated sea bass ($25) with stir-fried fresh veggies and the juicy rib-eye steak ($25) served with the chef's daily side.
Mop's Grill's hearty surf-centric menu features Southern-style seafood augmented with specialty burgers, kabobs, tacos, and wings. Split an order of 12 wings and fries with fellow diners to open a meal ($12.99). Mop's famous mahi-mahi burger ($10) furnishes exotic appetites with inventive eating alongside the other proteins that Mop's can mold into patty form—including fried catfish, turkey, grilled rosemary chicken, and even beef ($8 each). For foldable fare, Uncle Boone's tacos are stuffed with fish, shrimp, or chicken ($4.50) and left under the restaurant's pillow each night by the taco fairy. Mop's menu also contains aqueous entrees capable of quelling the raging tide of hunger, such as Burma Jean's fried catfish ($13.70).
Alberto Alfonzo, the chef and owner of Pesca World Seafood Restaurant, has spent the majority of his 21-year culinary career cooking seafood. His love for underwater edibles stretches to all corners of the world, including Spain, Asia, Peru, the coastal United States, and the Caribbean. “Our dishes are representations of different countries and continents as well as local,” Alfonzo says.
Pesca’s brunch and dinner menus are peppered with international specialties such as grilled red snapper veracruz, valencian black rice, and the chef’s personal favorite, portuguese seafood stew. A trio of turf selections includes New Zealand lamp chops, a center-cut fillet, and roasted pork carnitas. The menu also lists organic and gluten-free options.
Thanks to a special license issued by Dionysus himself, the restaurant offers a wide selection of wines at retail price. Guests can savor a fish and white-wine pairing out on Pesca’s outdoor patio, a romantic spot adorned with palm trees and water fountains.
Towering palm trees, shady cabanas, and flickering tiki torches help create a distinctively Caribbean ambiance in El Pueblito Patio's outdoor seating area, distinguishing it from the rest of the dining area and earning the restaurant the award for Best Patio from Houston Press in 2007 and 2008. The chefs also look for inspiration beyond the borders, combining Mayan, Aztec, Spanish, and African culinary influences that typically characterize Guatemalan and Mexican cuisine. Fried plantains, fiery salsas, and a closely guarded blend of house spices help to lend iconic Latin flavors to the menu of grilled redfish, sautéed gulf shrimp, and roasted chicken. Large fronds and domesticated clouds shade the patio, which encourages diners to enjoy their meals out in the fresh air while savoring a drink with one of the bar's numerous tequilas.