100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 81, Grilled Shrimp Po-boy at Pappadeaux

Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.

The crawfish and oyster seasons might be over, but that doesn't mean it doesn't still pay to head down to Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen during its daily happy hour. That's when you can get a petite po-boy with your choice of catfish or shrimp (grilled or fried) for $4.95. I like to pig out on the hot boiled shrimp with corn and potatoes for another $6.95 and wash it all down with a gigantic Papadocious (think of a big, frozen Zombie) for another $7. Considering how much it costs to eat dinner in the dining room at Pappadeaux, it's all a pretty good deal.

And say what you will about Pappadeaux or any of the Pappas family chain of restaurants -- the food is always consistently good, the service is cheerful and efficient and they're easily accessible all over town, which is good when you get trapped in the boonies and have few alternative dining options. Pappadeaux buys the best seafood and treats it well, including the plump shrimp on its po-boy that pop with a juicy sweetness under a nicely applied char.

It's difficult to find really good po-boys in Houston, but the crispy French bread, tart, thinly-sliced pickles and tangy house dressing on the shrimp sandwiches here get you at least halfway to Louisiana. The rest you can imagine with a few Papadociouses (Papadocii?) in your system and some zydeco music in the background.

The list so far:

No. 100: Chili cheese mac at Jus' Mac
No. 99: Texas turkey sandwich at Spec's
No. 98: Custard at Petite Sweets
No. 97: Caprichos mixtos at Taqueria Monterrey Chiquito
No. 96: Pineapple-wasabi burger at Lankford Grocery
No. 95: Farmer's MKT Pizza at Phoenicia's MKT Bar
No. 94: Potatoes at Money Cat Brunch
No. 93: Breakfast tacos at Sunrise Taquito
No. 92: Hot dog at Tacos D.F.
No. 91: Avocado gelato at Frozen Cafe
No. 90: Chicken sandwich at JerryBuilt Homegrown Burgers
No. 89: Beer-battered asparagus at Hearsay
No. 88: Honey Badger omelet at Kraftsmen Cafe
No. 87: Pastelitos de carne at El Jalapeño
No. 86: Pancakes at Union Kitchen
No. 85: Wild boar and crab pizza at Boheme
No. 84: Breakfast croissant at BB Donuts
No. 83: Pretzel at Anvil Bar & Refuge
No. 82: Short rib sandwich at Shepherd Park Draught House

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Location Info

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

2525 S. Loop W., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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You're right about that. Schilleci's in The Woodlands has a great po'boy. They use the Gambino bakery bread from New Orleans.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Most po-boy bread in Houston is pretty bad. At least Pappadeaux's French bread tastes good and has a nice crunch to it, although it's far from "authentic."


Yay!  You're back!!


Their po'boy 'bread'' is awful....after living in Louisiana, it's hard to tolerate that. Blech!


Pappadeaux, the kings of over salting everything. It should have been BB's frankly.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Like I said... It's the petite size, from the happy hour menu. I'm not a girl who can finish an entire po-boy, so it's perfect for me.


That is the smallest po-boy I've seen!


pappadeaux is unfailingly a solid dining choice.


There is nothing wrong with Pappadeaux's. I have not had a bad meal there. 

Early Cuyler
Early Cuyler

Pappadeaux's?  The roar of indignant foodies is sure to follow.  I miss you Katharine.

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