It’s pretty hard to end a night out in Midtown Houston without a delicious meal to take the edge off the buzz, to have a last laugh, or to sober up and think twice about going home with that creep you just met at the bar an hour before.
So where to go?
Typical fast food gets boring. Sure, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, McDonalds are open late, but anyone in the United States can go to those places. This is Houston. We do things differently here. So think outside the box and head down to the heart of Montrose for a bite at B.B.’s Cafe: Midtown.
Located at 2700 Montrose, across the street from Aladdin’s and Little Big’s, this Cafe brings a hefty dose of the best Cajun food outside of Louisiana to late night palates. The award-winning cafe’s Montrose location is open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday (and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m the rest of the week), so there is enough time to head there after the bars and clubs close if you are nearby.
But…what to eat?
Everything’s good there. Everything. You know those places where they’ll have two or three good plates and then everything else kind of sucks? B.B.’s is not one of them. However, if you do want a recommendation, here are some of the things that stand out in an already outstanding place:
For starters/apetizers — get yourself a cup of Maw Maw’s Gumbo ($4) or Chalmette Macaroni ($5). The gumbo is your traditional gumbo, and that’s never a bad thing. EVER. The macaroni is just as good…imagine that delicious macaroni mom used to make for you as a child. B.B.’s Chalmette macaroni is just like that, only the cheesy goodness has a light jalapeño kick to it, and combined with the roast beef debris liberally sprinkled on top, you’ll be tempted to take a bucket home.
Now comes the entrees. There’s salads, as well as some delicious Texas-Louisiana combination platters, but if you want the most bang for the least buck — go for the po’ boys. The po’ boys have two sizes, the half-size short boy ($5.50-$8.25) and the full-size tall boy ($10-$15) and are all tasty. A good recommendation would be picking a cup of gumbo and/or macaroni and a short-boy and you’ll definitely fill up. Unless you’re really hungry, in which case, getting a tall-boy is not a bad option. Some of the more popular po’ boys are:
- Bedtime on the Bayou (fried shrimp, dressed) – $7 short boy/$14 tall boy;
- South Texas Fire (fajita topped with melted pepper jack cheese, avocado, sauteed peppers and onion covered by a spicy cheese sauce) – $6.75 short boy/$12.50 tall boy;
- Midnight Masterpiece (roast beef, dressed) – $7 short boy/$14 tall boy.
What if you’re feeling like breakfast? Try the Morning Glory po’ boy. Scrambled eggs, cheese, and fajita or bacon with B.B.’s sauce ($5.50 short boy/$10 tall boy). And for you vegetarians out there, you’re not left out in the po’ boy department. With the Anti-Oxidant Castle ($6 short boy/$11.50 tall boy), you get a po’ boy with fresh spinach, cucumbers, peppers, onions, tomato and avocado brushed in B.B.’s parmesan garlic spread.
If by some miracle you’re still hungry, you can cap it all off with a cup of Maw Maw’s bread pudding ($6) for that sweet touch after all that spicy deliciousness you just consumed. And hey, if you get there before 2 a.m., you can still get access to a selection of beer.
Not that that it needs to be said, but some of B.B.’s plates can be considered ‘spicy’. If you want to avoid everything spicy, there’s options there, but for the most part, the spice just enhances the flavor. It has a nice little kick to it that just helps end a fun night out with an exclamation point.
A number of the po’ boys and the plates are spicy, yes, but that just adds to the flavor, and if you flat out don’t like spicy food, you have options there, too.
As far as service goes, it’s great. Even when the bars empty out at 2 and there’s more people than usual, the waiters are always attentive and friendly and will provide good recommendations if you ask. They can also translate drunken mumblings and haphazard pointing at items on the menu into an order if necessary. Parking isn’t an issue either, as there is plenty of room in front of the restaurant and to its sides to acommodate most traffic needs.
For more information, you can call the location at (713)524-4499, or access B.B.’s Web site to take a look at all the other menu items and special offers, as well as catering prices and the addresses for the other two locations.