When I was in Houston, I got to experience Texas' "bigger and better" motto first hand.
For example, I ordered granola and a boiled egg for breakfast one morning, and ended up getting my order PLUS four pieces of toast, a large serving of roasted potatoes, and hot peppers on the side. I thought I had received the wrong order until I looked at the bill. Oh, and Texans mean business when they serve hot peppers. I threw a whole pepper in my mouth thinking that it would be mild, and almost died. My eyes teared up uncontrollably, and I coughed for about a minute straight. I think it took me almost 10 minutes before I mildly recovered.
Every other meal in Texas was similar to the breakfast I just described. There was so much food, I didn't know what to do with all of it.
Pappadeaux is my Texan friend N's favorite restaurant. When we asked her where she wanted to go, she didn't even have to think twice.
Pappadeaux is a huge chain specializing in quality Cajun seafood. There are 8 locations in Houston, and all are owned by the Pappas family. Find that impressive? They also own 8 other restaurant chains ranging from seafood to Mexican to steak houses, with over 60 locations across the US.
Back to Pappadeaux.
For appetizers, we all shared the lump crab and spinach dip, served with garlic bread on the side. This was a nice dip, and I loved the huge chunks of crab with every bite.
Lump Crab and Spinach Dip
We also shared a plate of crispy fried alligator served with potato sticks, and creole dipping sauce. The alligator was nice and tender, and the sauce was delicious. I enjoyed this dish more than I thought I would.
Crispy Fried Alligator
My lunch was the catfish Opelousas. Served in traditional Louisina style, it was a huge piece of blackened catfish with oysters, shrimp & crabmeat thrown on top. Plenty of dirty rice was served on the side. The catfish was cooked very nicely and I couldn't believe the amount of seafood served with my fish.
M ordered the fried stuffed crab. He really enjoyed his lunch and couldn't believe the size of the crabs.
Fried Stuffed Crab
A ordered a pan fried tilapia topped with shrimp and tomatoes. The sauce was a light white wine sauce, and sides included fresh green beans and potatoes.
Pan Fried Tilapia
N knew what she was going to order before we even looked at the menu: the crawfish platter. This was fried crawfish & crawfish etouffee served with dirty rice.
For dessert, they tried hard to entice us by bringing out a complete dessert platter as the dessert menu. The dessert platter is a gigantic plate of every dessert available. They had banana pudding, pumpkin cheesecake, turtle fudge brownie, pecan pie, key lime pie, creme brulee, regular cheesecake, praline cheesecake, and bread pudding. Boy, that was a mouth full.
We decided on two desserts to share between the four of us. We had a super rich turtle fudge brownie, and
Turtle Fudge Brownie
a banana pudding and wafers in a jar.
We had a very enjoyable meal overall. As I said, the portions were humongous, and our seafood was prepared nicely. Pappadeaux is a good casual family restaurant.
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen (Richmond at Kirby)
2410 Richmond Avenue
Houston, Texas, USA