BB’s Cafe - Montrose
I’ve been curious about this place since I moved here in December. I’ve passed the location in The Heights, across from Fitzgeralds many times and it always seemed interesting. I didn’t even realize it was a place geared around po’ boy’s until recently.. Once I discovered this I knew I had to check it out.
BB’s Cafe is a New Orleans themed café with a unique Texas twist. They call it “Tex-Orleans” style cooking.
We visited the original location which is quite small but they make use of what space they have with tables crammed into every square foot of the place. There is also outdoor seating framed by the ornate New Orleans inspired wrought iron fence… Which adds to the New Orleans style cafe ambiance.
Dana and I decided to stop in on a Thursday around lunch time and it was packed but we were able to find a table in the back easily enough.
The menu had an interesting mix of New Orleans and Tex-Mex inspired dishes… most of which appeared to be sandwiches served on fresh French bread. I knew what I was there for so I didn’t spend much time looking the menu over. I’m a Libra so sometimes, when I get too many options in front of me, I take forever to decide.
Dana and I both ordered the “Bedtime in the Bayou" po’ boy.. which is a "dressed", fried gulf prawn sandwich. We decided to share thin cut fries, fried pickles and "Miller’s Red Beans & Rice" with andouille sausage along with our po’ boy’s. We ordered a catfish plate for Dana’s daughter off of the kid’s menu. I also ordered a “Purple Haze” from Abita Brewery which is a micro brewery in Abita Springs, Louisiana. Awesome summer wheat beer with raspberries and, as it turns out, pairs amazingly well with a shrimp po’ boy! Damn… I’m talking about “pairing” beverages to food now? I’m like…one step away from wearing a manacle and getting a respectable hair cut now!
The food arrived quickly and the portions were freakin’ huge. The red beans and rice were awesome but Dana found them to be too spicy for her.. I didn’t find them “spicy” in the least and wished that I had ordered a large bowl instead! The fried pickles were O.K…. what can you really say about deep fried pickles? I’m always a sucker for them for some damned reason. The thin cut fries were more than we could eat for sure. I am a fan of thin cut fries.. very thinly cut fries. I always douse them with Tabasco and pepper. The side was way more than the two of us could imagine eating. The po’ boy’s were quite good. Admittedly I’m not that experienced with REAL po’ boy’s, being from North Carolina and Portland Oregon.. and for some reason I’ve never managed to eat them when I’ve been in NOLA.
The shrimp po’ boy was piled with fried gulf shrimp, lettuce and tomato and some sort of “special” sauce that I can only assume is traditional on a po’ boy… all of which I promptly drowned with Tabasco.. The French bread was very good.. very soft inside with a chewy crust on the outside.. the way French bread should be. I don’t know if they make it on premises or not…but its fresh, none the less.
The catfish on the kids plate was very tasty.. I think I ate more of it than Dana’s daughter did!
Nice comfortable atmosphere, friendly staff, great po’ boy. The sandwiches were $7 which seems to be about the average price for most dishes. I think the “kids menu” is a bit pricey. Two adults and one child were $45.. which seems a bit much for a lunch…but I did have two beers and we did have three sides!
It’s good. Go here.
Houston‚ TX 77006
Multiple locations. Check their site.