BB’s Tex-Orleans – a Seafood Lover’s Dream or Nightmare?

July 10, 2019

What’s your favorite season? Mine is…crawfish season! I recently ate my way through Houston, TX and loved it! Hungry for food content? I’ve got you! 😊 This is my review of BB’s Tex-Orleans, a chain of restaurants combining authentic Houston Cajun food with a New Orleans flair.

Before we jump into it, I want to share how I review eateries. If you have seen my previous reviews (Snooze, an A.M. Eatery), you already know all about it and might want to skip the next paragraph here.

I share my experiences based on an average of four factors:

  1. Taste – how yummy the food tastes
  2. Service – the good, the bad, and the strange (sometimes it can get pretty weird)
  3. Atmosphere – the ambiance and environment of the restaurant
  4. Value – Is it worth the price?

I use these factors because I think when you go out to a restaurant, you’re not just going out for the food but for the ambiance and service as well. I try to be detailed in my reviews to save you time, money, and potentially your taste buds from an experience that might not be worth it or to recommend places that are worth the effort.

This is my experience with BB’s Tex-Orleans @3139 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77098

Taste: 4/5

3 pounds of crawfish and corn
It was so spicy! TT__TT

DELICIOUS! WOW! I ordered 3 pounds of crawfish and corn. The crawfish was fresh and flavorful. Every bite built up an addiction for more. I felt like I was swimming in a wonderfully savory sea of flavors.

The only complaint here is that I had asked our server prior to ordering whether the crawfish was spicy (I’m terrible with spicy food). He assured me it wasn’t. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. I also got butter on the side to dip the crawfish meat in; this elevated the taste (and helped lessen the flaming heat off the meat) making it even more delicious combined with the existing seasoning of the crawfish.

Service: 0.5/5

me waiting 20+ minutes for our server to come back…

Another “wow” in the most disastrous way possible. My friend and I waited over 20 minutes for our server to give us menus. We eventually had to flag down another server to ask about getting service. Our server (we’ll call him Jo), had a condescending attitude and then proceeded to ask for our order when we had yet to receive menus. He even asked if we even needed to see a menu before ordering (uh, who wouldn’t). Afterwards he didn’t even give me gloves or a bib for the boil (I saw that other tables promptly received them when getting the boil) and I had to wait for him to stop by the table again to request them. Even worse, at the end of the night Jo stood over our shoulders, waited, and watched us tip our bill which was a new form of uncomfortable for me. Who does that? Especially after that kind of service…yikes. I would have given this restaurant a 0/5 if it weren’t for the fact that other servers had stopped by our tables (in addition to their own) and tried to flag our server down when they saw us just sitting there for so long.

Atmosphere: 3/5

The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating (patio area in front). They do self-seating. The restaurant has a nice, relaxed atmosphere. My rating for this aspect is a bit soured by the fact that we were waiting for so long and that our server was so condescending and passive aggressive during the whole meal.

Value: 3/5

The restaurant charges $7.99/lb. of crawfish and $0.75 extra for half a corn. This price is reasonable and on par with pricing in the area. Again, the value of the experience would have been higher had the service not been so atrocious.

Overall: 2/5

I had gone primarily for their crawfish boil which is seasonal and not listed on their menu or website. The food was simply delicious, flavorful, and reasonably priced. Despite this, I can’t see myself returning anytime soon and can’t recommend this restaurant. The service was a nightmare and honestly, the area has so many restaurants offering similar seafood and crawfish boils.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post and found it entertaining, if not helpful. I am passionate about food and love that this space has allowed me to share some of that joy with you. Show love if you liked this post. 😊

Until next time,

V <3

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