Category Archives: Gulf Coast

Writing related to food and travel on the Texas Gulf Coast.

The Soul of Houston: Mama’s Oven

Mama’s Oven on South Main If you grew up in Southeast Texas in the 1970s like I did, you understand the meaning of “the other side of the tracks.” Many towns were divided into the white side and the black … Continue reading

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Fried Shrimp with a Side of Texas History

Fried Seafood Platter at the Monument Inn Restaurant The substance seeps from every crack and crevice of the ground that surrounds the confluence of the San Jacinto River and Buffalo Bayou. The air around here — humid, often filled with … Continue reading

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Photo Gallery: Monument Inn

Photos from an October 2010 visit to the Monument Inn Restaurant in La Porte, Texas. A write-up about the visit is here: Fried Shrimp with a Side of Texas History. Click on individual photos to see a larger version. [flickr-gallery … Continue reading

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Last of the Summer Crabs at Benno’s

Benno’s on the Beach in Galveston On a recent Saturday afternoon I sat on the patio at Benno’s on the Beach in Galveston eating what seemed like bushels of whole blue crabs. I was with four of my most die-hard … Continue reading

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A Catfish Out of Water

There’s a Texas A&M banner hanging over the door to the restrooms at Lafayette Cajun Seafood Restaurant. It’s only one example of the endearing quirkiness of this Cajun seafood restaurant located in a crazy-quilt neighborhood surrounding the intersection of West … Continue reading

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