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Mardi Gras Meets Valentine’s Day at Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen

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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.

Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen

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.

Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen
Photo courtesy of Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen

First Course

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

Seafood Gumbo
Our family recipe with shrimp, crab, okra, and rice

Grilled Stuffed Portobello
Grilled portobello mushroom stuffed with mozzarella, feta, cherry tomato, and basil pesto

Second Course

Salmone d’Albicocca
Apricot balsamic butter sauce, arugula salad

Lobster Fra-DiAvlo
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

Third Course

Red Velvet Brownie a la Mode
Seasonal Berry Crepes

Wine Features

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.

Noah is a Houston-based writer and photographer. You can find him exploring Houston's restaurant and museum scenes with his wife or catching a game at Minute Maid Park. He and his wife serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

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