Things to do: Houston restaurants offering Lenten-friendly seafood dishes
After the decadence of “Mardi Gras”, the 40 days of Lent begin – this year, Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, March 5, with Lent leading up to Easter Sunday, April 21. While the season of Lent is a time of prayer, atonement, and sacrifice (traditionally in the form of Meatless Fridays), your meals don’t need to skimp on flavor. From daily catch-of-the-day specials to Friday lobster specials, these local restaurants offer delicious seafood and vegetable dishes to accompany you throughout the season.
ARA Restaurant at Royal Sonesta Houston, 2222 West Loop South
Led by Executive Chef Robert Graham, the ARA Restaurant at the Royal Sonesta Houston will offer a catch of the day special every night throughout Lent, served with seasonal sides for $29.
Bernie’s Burger Bus, 5407 Bellaire, 2643 Commercial Center, 2200 Yale
Get the Shrimp Burger ($9.75), a homemade shrimp patty with shredded lettuce, roma tomatoes, crispy Tobasco onions and homemade Texas Juke sauce, available every Friday during Lent, starting Friday 8 March.
D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe, 5510 Morningside
Each week, from Monday March 4 before the start of Lent to Monday before Easter, April 15 (Easter is April 21), D’Amico’s will offer a different off-menu fish dinner with sides, from Cioppino to Salmon Almondine.
Dish Society, 5740 San Felipe, 23501 Cinco Ranch, 12525 Memorial, 1050 Yale, 712 Main
Dish’s Lent-friendly options include Citrus-Glazed Salmon, Shrimp and Grits, Gulf Shrimp Tacos, Veggie Tacos, Texas Pecan Pesto Pasta, and Super Brussels Beak Salad. , among other treats.
Goode Company Seafood, 2621 Westpark, 10211 Katy Freeway
A variety of seafood offerings await on the main kitchen menu at both locations in this seafood hotspot. Some crowd favorites include the refreshing campechana extra (shrimp and crab), grilled salmon fillet with mesquite ($24), whole plaice served with strings of fried onions and a light Creole cream sauce ($29), boiled Gulf shrimp (1/2 lb for $14, 1 pound for $23), and Gulf Coast po-boy.
Luby’s will feature a quartet of seafood favorites for Lent, available Wednesday, March 6 through Sunday, April 21. Guests can enjoy Stuffed Catfish Combo ($11.99), Stuffed Crab Combo ($8.99), Seafood Pot Pie ($5.99-$8.49) and Corn Cake with shrimp, corn and jalapeño ($9.49).
Killen’s BBQ, 3613 East Broadway
Filled with breaded and fried catfish and fried butterfly prawns, with coleslaw, fries, hushpuppies and homemade tartare and cocktail sauces, the fried fish platter will be available daily at dinner and during lunch on Fridays for Lent .
Cantine de Molina, 3801 Bellaire, 7901 Westheimer
Seafood and vegetarian dishes hardly feel like a sacrifice at Molina, with options from cheesy enchiladas and Raulito’s jumbo shrimp, specials to parrilla-style redfish and fish tacos. Baja.
Morton’s The Steakhouse, 1001 McKinney
Every Friday during Lent, Morton’s The Steakhouse offers Twin Lobster Tails for $39. One must reserve. The special is available from 5:00 p.m. until Friday, April 12.
On the Kirb, 5004 Kirby
Head to the organic restaurant and sports bar to find seafood worthy of Lenten holidays, from Greek salmon salad and wild salmon fish tacos with fig and balsamic glaze.
Poit?n, 2313 Edwards
Enjoy seafood dishes such as Grilled Whole Fish for Two or More (MKT) and Cornmeal Breaded Gulf Catfish with Fingerling Potatoes, Coleslaw and Hot Sauce ($28).
Quattro, 1300 Lamar
Throughout Lent, Quattro will be offering special meatless dinner dishes daily. Favorites include seafood cioppino with Gulf Snapper, Calamari, Shrimp, Soffritto Sauce and Grilled Crostini; black bass with roasted eggplant purée, grilled pine nuts and tomato-artichoke relish; wild octopus with grilled potatoes, olives, piquillo peppers and salmoriglio; and Seafood Risotto with Saffron Lemon, Shrimp, Diver Scallops and Cuttlefish Ink Coral.
Revolve Kitchen + Bar at Derek’s Hotel, 2525 West Loop South
Throughout Lent, Revolve Kitchen + Bar will be offering its Southwest Grain Bowl with Salmon for $26. The dish features ancient grain pilaf sautéed with kale, black beans, asparagus, and grilled corn. garnished with pico de gallo, sliced avocado, cotija cheese, cilantro and salmon.
With five locations in downtown Houston, this local institution continues to serve a rotating menu of Gulf Coast dishes with a Louisiana twist. Seafood options include shrimp salad, shrimp stew, baked catfish, and fried catfish, all available both dine in and take out.