Fish Sandwich Fridays: BB's Cajun Café

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Photo by Joanna O'Leary
In honor of Lent and in an attempt to revive my own (lapsed) Catholicism, I will be reviewing a fish sandwich (loosely defined) each Friday from a local Houston restaurant. Sorry, Mickey D's fans: no Filet-o-Fish. Feel free to send in your suggestions even if you're not a Fish Eater with a capital F.

"Rock Out Then Knock Out Po'Boy" At BB's Cajun Café

I already know what you're going to say: the po' boys at Calliope's are, like, so much better than those BB's Cajun Café. And I know according to Unclelijah, I shouldn't even be reviewing po'boys since I "know nothing about South Louisiana cuisine".

But I know what I like and I liked BB's "Rock Out Then Knock Out" po'boy.

When I first bit into my "Rock Out Then Knock Out" po'boy, its contents immediately leaked out onto the white paper lining of my bright red plastic serving basket. With any other genre of sandwich, I might have been annoyed, but I think a well-made po'boy should bulge and burst from its bread.

A little nudging forced the thick cornmeal crusted fried catfish filets back into the roll. I was only able to take one or two more bites before the whole thing dismantled again, but a few mouthfuls were enough to thoroughly enjoy the juicy catfish as it mingled with the generous spread of mayonnaise interspersed with shredded lettuce and ripe tomatoes. The French bread, dry and crusty on its exterior and soft and doughy on its underside, made for a sort of tough but cozy shell for the delicate filets.

The overall consumption process might be summed up as follows: Bite, chew, bite, chew [murmur appreciatively], bite, chew, scoop filling back inside roll.

The "Rock Out Then Knock Out" was messy, meat-free and satisfying. A more than acceptable Lenten lunch or dinner.



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Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

BB's was the VERY first place I ate when I moved to Houston and remains one of my favorite spots. Messy, delicious sandwiches.

SirRon
SirRon

I'll take BB's over Calliope's any day... and I know a lot about South Louisiana cuisine.

VG
VG

Love BB's. You should have held this story until you had a better pic...just lettuce & crumpled french bread.

Astridweiss8
Astridweiss8

Everything spilled out because the bread at BB's is chewy and unsuitable for a po'boy.

ec
ec

Looks like a lettuce sandwich!

eatTX
eatTX

That photo looks nasty!

Fatty FatBastard
Fatty FatBastard

FYI, fish is still a meat.

As for fish sandwiches, head to Beck's Prime.

Old Salty
Old Salty

I am not religious by any means, but one good thing about lent is a lot more fish is served on Fridays!! WOOT FOR FISH FRIDAYS!

Tensaria
Tensaria

BBs is inconsistent, and pretty average, compared to Calliope's. I'll tak,e Calliope's any day over BB's. But I'm glad we have them both.

Fatty FatBastard
Fatty FatBastard

Location is a big factor, as well. Who the hell lives close to the Maxwell House factory? Answer? Nobody that owns a running computer.

Joanna
Joanna

Mine was actually just a bit tough...do think it might depend on what time of day/week you go?

Joanna
Joanna

eatTX: you're right - not a very flattering photo. was working with foreign camera - sorry about that. but i promise sandwich tasted better than it looks...

SirRon
SirRon

That's funny, because I would say Calliope's is inconsistent and pretty average compared to BB's. I'll still take BB's any day over Calliope's. But I'm glad we have both you and me.

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