Creole & Cajun

South X Saigon in Mid-West Houston Offers Creative Viet-Cajun Fare

POSTED: August 31, 2023 AT 10:09 am   /   Creole & Cajun, Food Finds, Vietnamese

In October 2022, chef Skip Nguyen took the 3991 Gessner location of Dan’s Wings and Seafood, and reconceptualized it to South X Saigon. It’s located just on the border of Westchase and Mid-West Houston; just a short distance from the Westpark Tollway. For his new restaurant, Nguyen created a Viet-Cajun-centered menu with complex dishes that […]

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Where to Find the Best Gumbo in Houston

POSTED: March 29, 2022 AT 1:24 pm   /   Creole & Cajun, Food Finds

Gumbo is a child with many mothers. The West African Bantu word “ki ngombo” means okra, and the Choctaw, who hailed from present-day Mississippi, used the term “kombo” to mean ground up sassafras leaves (aka filé). As it turns out, okra and filé — often just one or the other — are considered essential thickeners […]

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Frank’s Americana Revival Marks a Decade With New Dishes & Returning Favorites

POSTED: January 19, 2022 AT 8:43 am   /   Creole & Cajun, Food Finds, Southern

For a decade, Michael Shine has operated Frank’s Americana Revival in River Oaks, providing the area with upscale food in a restaurant that still maintains a neighborhood vibe. In 2012, Michael and his son, Chris Shine, acquired Frank’s Chop House from restaurateur Frank Crapitto, who also owned Crapitto’s Cucina Italiana. The duo have operated the […]

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