When we pondered where to have a special dinner with our good friends – virtually family – we felt that we needed to try this well-talked-about restaurant known for its long culinary and female leadership history. People rave about the warm homey atmosphere and great food. Chef Chris Williams opened this restaurant in 2012, and we had waited long enough.
Our first course was Lucille’s Chili Biscuits. These are Chef Chris Williams’ Great Grandma’s claim to fame and the Texas “bread fix” for President Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. This recipe was the one that launched the amazing business that made Lucille B. Smith a lauded and applauded businesswoman entrepreneur. Beyond that, as many will attest, she remains a Texas treasure. (For more info, go to Herstory on the restaurant website.)
Our second course was Fried Green Tomatoes dusted in seasoned cornmeal, spicy aioli, goat cheese – a tribute to all Fried Green Tomatoes everywhere. Drive from Houston to North Carolina and you will find none better.
For our entree, we shared this amazing fish is lightly battered and deep-fried to perfection with basil macque choux, and happily accompanied by fresh greens.
Gulf shrimp, andouille, sherry tomato broth over stone mill grits. The shrimp were sweet in my opinion, yet it is a Houston Restaurant Week special that you cannot afford to miss!
If you like bread pudding (and my wife doesn’t, but I LOVE it), this is a must order. It is sourdough bread, made custardly dense with a moist sauce of Southern pecans and peaches.
I invite you to bring your families and friends to this charming spot near the Museum District. The food was good, the service was prompt and regulars around us wanted us to see their favorite dishes. I plan to return to try more of Lucille’s offerings.
5512 La Branch
Houston, Texas 77004