Even Houstonians have to admit it — there’s something innately romantic about New Orleans. With food, drink, and music as its primary muses, it’s hard not to feel a little starry eyed in Crescent City. Luckily, we needn’t always spend six hours on I-10 to get a taste of what makes our neighbor to the east so special. Not when we have Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen around.
The New Orleans-style oyster bar and seafood restaurant serves up fresh Texas Gulf seafood, gumbo, and red beans and rice to rival anything you can find in the Big Easy, and it knows a thing or two about romance, too. This year, the popular Montrose restaurant is rolling Fat Tuesday and Valentine’s Day together into a six-day celebration featuring a lush, three-course prix-fixe menu full of New Orleans favorites.
From Friday, February 9th all the way through Wednesday the 14th, guests can indulge in seafood gumbo, salmon, lobster, crepes, and more for a reasonable $50 per diner, plus tax and gratuity. A variety of wine features are available at an additional cost; alternatively, guests can swing by the bar for a $1 Frozen Hurricane. Reservations are highly recommended for parties of five or more and can be made by calling the restaurant at (713) 528-3474; the full menu is available below.
Avocado Mango Seafood Tower
Layered avocado and tropical fruit salsa with lump crabmeat and gulf shrimp
Spinach Arugula Salad
Spinach, arugula, strawberry, shaved fennel, parmesan, pistachio vinaigrette
Our family recipe with shrimp, crab, okra, and rice
Grilled Stuffed Portobello
Grilled portobello mushroom stuffed with mozzarella, feta, cherry tomato, and basil pesto
Apricot balsamic butter sauce, arugula salad
Grilled coldwater lobster, gulf shrimp, bay scallops, linguini in spicy marinara
Wood Grilled Tenderloin
Tenderloin topped with lobster medallion and strawberry basil compote served with goat cheese mashed potatoes
Red Velvet Brownie a la Mode
Seasonal Berry Crepes
Veuve Clicquot Champagne, France $80
LaMarca Prosecco, Italy $12/$40
Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Champagne, France $200
J.P. Chenet Brut Rose, France $10/$36
J.P. Chenet Blanc de Blancs, France (187ml) $8
Featured photo courtesy of Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen.