Houston, Here Are 7 Seafood Sandwiches to Help You Survive Lent

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Yes you can get New-York-style bagels in Houston.
4. Bagel w/ Lox
Where to get it: New York Bagel & Coffee Shop

Ask any bagel aficionado where to find the best bagel in Houston and he or she will send you straight to Meyerland's New York Bagel Shop (with River Oaks' Hot Bagel Shop as a close second). The authentic East Coast-style joint pumps out all the lox, bagels and cream cheese you can dream of...and like any good bagel shop, they do it on the cheap. Get a bagel with lox spread for around $2, or add a full slice of the smoked salmon for another $2.85. If you want the "works," go for the Lox or Nova Fish Box (pictured above). It'll run you around $10, but it comes packed with thick, meaty slices of lox, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, olives, cucumbers and a heap of cream cheese.

5. Tuna Melt
Where to get it: Lankford Grocery & Market

Sometimes, you just want a good old-fashioned tuna melt. Mom-and-pop shop Lankford Grocery & Market has been serving up down-home comfort food since it opened as a grocery in 1939. At $6.75, the mega-stuffed, buttery and crisp tuna melt fresh off the famous griddle is one of the best in town.

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Fresh, wild-caught salmon makes for a hell of a burger.
6. Salmon Burger
Where to get it: Conscious Café

Third Ward hangout Conscious Cafe's gourmet salmon burger is one of the place's most popular dishes...and we can understand why. The wild-caught Alaskan salmon is thick and just as fresh as the housemade bread it's served on. Piles of ripe tomatoes, crisp lettuce, safflower mayo and the cafe's signature sweet onion sauce help the flaky salmon sandwich shine.

7. Crab Daddy Bao
Where to get it: Fat Bao

Fat Bao's soft-shell crab-stuffed bao is one of our favorite versions of the puffy steamed buns in town. It's even on our very own Kaitlin Steinberg's list of 100 Favorite Dishes. She probably says it best: "It's a small, fried soft-shell crab nestled in a bed of Asian-inspired slaw and topped with spicy mayo. The crunchy crab is warm and textural against the puffy, yeasty bao, which also serves to temper the hint of heat in the slaw and mayo."

Get one for $5 and add on either the tempura-fried Fish Bao ($3.50) or the salmon-stuffed New Yorker Bao ($4) to round out the meal.

Location Info

Maine-ly Sandwiches

10745 North Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Maine-ly Sandwiches

3310 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lankford Grocery and Market

88 Dennis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fat Bao

3419 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

New York Bagel & Coffee Shop

9724 Hillcroft, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Conscious Cafe

2612 Scott Street, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fountain View Fish Market

2912 Fountain View Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Hot Bagel Shop

2009 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Been going to Fountain View Fish Market for years.  Outstanding fresh seafood counter and his fried seafood lunches are outstanding and a bargain

johnnybench topcommenter

Add the shrimp, crab and avocado sandwich from Local Foods to this list.  


Bad girl! You overlooked the po-boys at Cajun Stop.

I like the seafood gumbo with the catfish or oyter po-boy, but my honey digs the crawfish and shrimp po-boy with red beans and rice on the side.


i know i had trouble choosing one po boy. couldnt make them the entire list haha

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