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Houston — By Christina Uticone on June 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm
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BB’s Cafe: Houston

cafe, food, cajunBB’s Cafe is tucked into a tiny strip mall in the Montrose area of Houston.¬† Located at 2710 Montrose (map), its unassuming exterior belies the quality of the food and the wonderful staff inside.¬† BB’s was one of the first places we ate upon moving to Houston; a couple of friends who live in the area invited my husband and me for a late lunch to celebrate our finding an apartment.¬† “Keep your eyes peeled,” they warned, “it’s easy to miss.”¬† Easy to miss, but after you’ve eaten there, this is a restaurant that is hard to forget.

Once inside the friendly staff will direct you to grab¬†a¬†table: high-tops run along the length of the window and four-top tables are scattered by the front door, and again in the back.¬† A large booth that could easily sit five or six is tucked into the very far corner of the cozy cafe.¬† If you prefer to sit outdoors you may – though I might skip that in the summer months.¬† BB’s serves beer and wine, soda, and iced tea.¬† Bonus: in addition to the ubiquitous southern sweet tea, they also offer unsweetened tea.¬† It seems like a small thing, but unsweetened tea drinkers in the south know that it can be hard to find when eating out.¬† BB’s gets big points from me on that front.

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Giant jalepeno popper, hand-breaded in corn bread crumbs.

BB’s Cafe cooks New Orleans-style food “with a Texas twist”.¬† With a full array of appetizers, breakfast dishes, po’ boys, entrees and salads, there is a wide variety of dishes from which to choose – there is even a kids’ menu.¬† Lots of New Orleans style favorites are on hand: boudin (sausage), shrimp etouffee (shrimp over rice), and gumbo are all on the menu.¬† It’s the po’ boys that make me weep with joy: fresh-baked French bread stuffed full of seafood, chicken, or beef with lettuce, tomato, pickles and BB’s special spicy sauce.¬† I cannot overstate how amazing these sandwiches (available a la carte in both half and full sizes)¬†really are.¬† My favorite is the classic shrimp po’ boy, their “Bedtime on the Bayou”.¬† The breaded shrimp is seasoned perfectly, without an overpowering amount of salt or breading, and the French bread is always soft and tasty.¬† Vegetarians needn’t worry – five salads plus the all-veggie “Anti-Oxidant Castle” po’ boy have you covered.¬† Add a basket of their perfectly-cooked shoestring fries to any sandwich order and you have a full meal … and then some.

The cafe recently announced they will¬† be opening a second location in downtown Houston which is¬†great news for business lunchers and late-night¬†munchers alike.¬† Hopefully the downtown shop will feature the same convenient hours as the Montrose location: Sunday-Wednesday 11 AM-Midnight, Thursday-Saturday 11 AM-3 AM.¬† BB’s is both high-quality and affordable – po’ boys start at $5/$9 (whole/half) and the most expensive item on the menu is $13.

BB’s cafe accepts online orders as well as telephone orders for pickup; business delivery and catering are also available.¬† You can connect with BB’s on Twitter and Facebook.¬† Call them at 713.524.4499.

Photos from the personal collection of Christina Uticone and Joshua Payne.

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