A few thoughts on Cajun/Creole.
I was looking at the categories on b4-u-eat and saw Treebeard s downtown. http://www.treebeards.com/ I ve heard of these places for years but never been so can t make a recommendation. I think it s pretty pricey.
Brennan s of Houston http://www.brennanshouston.com/ is owned by the same family that owns Commander s Palace in New Orleans. This would be a short cab ride from downtown. I used to go occasionally, mostly on the company dollar, but haven t been in many years. I m sure it s still one of the finest dining options in Houston. Very, very expensive.
I see Goode Co. Texas Seafood is listed as Cajun. I wonder why they call it Texas Seafood [?] I think of it as more southwestern than Cajun and have liked everything I ve ever had there. http://www.goodecompany.com/goodeRestaurant.aspx This is one of my favorite seafood places but it s slipped beneath my radar and I haven t been in a few years. All the Goode Co. Restaurants are kind of pricey. It s not a coincidence they are all located convenient to some of the priciest enclaves in Houston, River Oaks, West U, the Memorial Villages.
I m working on some other Cajun/Creole recommendations that are more down-on-the-bayou plus bbq. There s one place I ve been wanting to try for years but never gotten around to, Big Woodrow s on Chimney Rock, just a block or so from Magnolia. I ll try to get over there and report back.
Skinsfan – I noticed the Treebeard’s website calls it southern but I’ve always heard it was cajun; the menu lists several cajun dishes; however, note the hours, this is a downtown lunch spot during the week only, the reason I’ve never been there and you won’t be able to unless you’re in town on Friday or Monday. Forget the comment about priciness — I had gotten it mixed up in my memory with Trulucks Stone Crab.