Ever since New Orleans found the wormhole in the depths of its grandmother's armoire, it's been hopping by in hopes of turning Houston Cajun. Infiltrate its base camp for $5 with today's Groupon: you get $10 worth of authentic Big Easy bites at Calliope's Po-Boy. Grab your fiery, Cajun-cuisine-lovin' cousins and a Cajun-load of wet naps. Calliope's fries everything not tied down at its convenient downtown abode.
Owned and operated by an experienced purveyor of po' boys across the Gulf Coast, Calliope's brings you a menu that's full of Creole flavor and secret family recipes. Each po' boy—available in 8" small, 11" regular, 16" large, and 32" extra large—is well dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickle, mayo, and a velour robe of fresh-baked French. Stuff your 'wich with fried catfish ($7.35), oyster ($8.95), roast beef smothered in gravy ($7.35), or turkey ($5.45); or you can try Calliope's own surf and turf po' boy ($9.55), a mixture of tender roast beef and double-fried shrimp (all prices reflect 8" small size). Complement your breaded beast with French fries covered in gravy and cheese ($3.59, large) or with the honey-glazed sweet-potato fries ($1.89, side). Calliope's lunch menu is available all day and features items such as two catfish fillets ($7.95) or six butterfly shrimp ($7.95), each served with fries and a side salad.
If you dislike anything between bread, send your taste buds on a bayou adventure with other New Orleans-style, culture-mixing dishes. Calliope's red beans and rice or spicy gumbo are mouthwateringly Cajun; or you can devour a raft-load of menu options including fried rice, salads, and kid-friendly fare.
- There are hints that it's bread from the Leidenheimer Bakery in New Orleans, or at least a very near clone. It's nice and crusty but lighter than a baguette or bolillo, still much better than the usual sandwich roll served by many places, toasted or not. Besides the roll, the beef, gravy and other condiments were all tasty and there was an appropriately generous amount of both the gravy and mayo (I believe the correct measurement of the latter is 'gobs'). This was the best New Orleans-style Roast Beef Po'Boy I've ever had in Houston. – Bruce, Chili Bob's Houston Eats
- And not only are their ingredients fresh and high-quality, but the portions at Calliope’s are significantly larger than what you’d typically get at your typical Cajun sandwich place. – Julius Eric Junker, DNC Worldwide
- Calliope's Po-boy makes the best dang seafood gumbo this side of the Louisanna [sic] border. Dark roux and loaded with oysters, shrimp and crab. – seamrippstress, Citysearch
- Easily the best poboy in Houston. The difference is the outstanding bread they use. As close to a true New Orleans poboy as possible. – David, Urbanspoon
The Cajun Stop
When Louisiana native Lisa Carnley found herself in Houston after Hurricane Katrina, she decided to unpack her culture inside a storefront on Jefferson and Hutchinson. The Cajun Stop is a little taste of Lisa’s home, and most visitors will agree that it’s not lacking in spice. Plates of crawfish étoufée make sure of that, though for every fiery main course there’s a cool complement for dessert.
Despite all these options, the real draw on the menu has always been the 16 po’boy sandwiches that Lisa grew up rolling in her grandmother’s restaurant. Nowadays, she considers everyone who walks in the door a member of her family. Like any good host, she surrounds her guests with painted windows, colorful pictures, and sports-inspired décor such as a furry rug made from the jersey of a former LSU Tiger.
2130 Jefferson Street
Houston, Texas 77003Get Directions