Posted by
Message
AlwysATgr
LSU Fan
Katy, TX
Member since Apr 2008
8394 posts

LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
The influence of LA on TX seafood is very pervasive. Houston is a huge city and my opinion is formed almost entirely from the Energy Corridor-Katy area, but seemingly every seafood restaurant (except Asian ones - and there's lots of those) is heavily influenced by LA's seafood tradition, e.g., google "Katy, TX seafood restaurants" and see for yourselves. And this is before the crawfish explosion.

OTOH (and IMO), the most salient TX food contribution, Hill Country BBQ, seems to be completely absent from LA.

Most food trends from outside LA I could care less about. Few are worth mentioning. But TX BBQ is - it's a fantastic culture. And it's from a neighboring state.

So why do you think there are no TX BBQ joints in LA?


offshoreangler
LSU Fan
713, Texas
Member since Jun 2008
20833 posts
 Online 

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
If you think the biggest food contribution from Texas is Hill Country BBQ you’re living under a rock.

It’s Tex-Mex.

Texas BBQ happens to be en vogue currently because it’s objectively one of the best styles of BBQ around popularized by Aaron Franklin.

Also...the most iconic seafood dish in this city isn’t influenced by our neighbors to the east, it’s a wonderful cocktail with influence from our friends on our southern border.
This post was edited on 3/1 at 12:06 am


The Egg
LSU Fan
Houston, TX
Member since Dec 2004
70705 posts
 Online 

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
LA doesn't deserve good bbq, basically


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
60
Saskwatch
Ole Miss Fan
Member since Feb 2016
4452 posts
 Online 

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
quote:

no TX BBQ joints in LA


Because Memphis or southern style bbq arrived here first. LA is more pork centric. Even Texas isn't entirely comprised of "Hill Country BBQ".


Mo Jeaux
LSU Fan
NYC
Member since Aug 2008
36055 posts

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
quote:

Most food trends from outside LA I could care less about


Why have such a parochial attitude?


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
10
ZoneLiftGMC
Houston Astros Fan
Member since Oct 2010
714 posts
 Online 

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
Also, if you think Houston is "formed" from the Energy Cooridor area, you haven't spent much time in Houston.

Sure a lot of the larger companies that call Houston home, headquarter in that area...but from a culinary and cultural standpoint, that whole area is VERY vanilla.
This post was edited on 3/1 at 10:08 am


Jackalope
Houston Astros Fan
Paris. (Austin Native)
Member since Apr 2009
2252 posts

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
But the Campechana seafood cocktail is at (anecdotally) maybe a dozen or so restaurants. Where as the Louisiana style seafood (including crawfish) is everywhere.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
10
convertedtiger
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2010
2301 posts

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
quote:


It’s Tex-Mex.


I 10000000% agree with you here. Though I miss my East Texas style BBQ over here, I miss the amazing Tex-Mex that is so hard to find in LA. 90% of the Mexican joints in the BR area do the same tired "mexican" food.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
10
AlwysATgr
LSU Fan
Katy, TX
Member since Apr 2008
8394 posts

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
quote:

Also, if you think Houston is "formed" from the Energy Corridor area


I didn't say that. It was stating my experience is limited, i.e., formed by a specific area of Houston.

But characterizing the area as "VERY vanilla" betrays as ignorance of the area.

The point is that in Houston, LA culinary influences are ubiquitous whereas one of TX's major (and IMO worthwhile) traditions is rare in LA. So why so?


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
00
AlwysATgr
LSU Fan
Katy, TX
Member since Apr 2008
8394 posts

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
quote:

Because Memphis or southern style bbq arrived here first. LA is more pork centric. Even Texas isn't entirely comprised of "Hill Country BBQ".


There is a TX style joint in Charleston, SC (John Lewis BBQ). Another in Atlanta (Fox Bros). With its soaring popularity, one would think that some would start showing up in LA.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
00
Napoleon
New Orleans Saints Fan
Kenna
Member since Dec 2007
56797 posts

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
correct. Tex-Mex is so huge that most people who LOVE mexican food don't realize they have never had Mexican food.



Replies (0)
Replies (0)
00
Zappas Stache
Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Member since Apr 2009
22033 posts

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
Huge numbers of people from La migrate/ migrated to Houston and southeast Texas (Beaumont, Port Arthur).....not so much the other way. That's why there are so many cajun places in Houston and southeast Texas.


convertedtiger
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2010
2301 posts

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
quote:

Huge numbers of people from La migrate/ migrated to Houston and southeast Texas (Beaumont, Port Arthur).


This is true.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
00
Mingo Was His NameO
LSU Fan
318
Member since Mar 2016
6679 posts
 Online 

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
quote:

So why do you think there are no TX BBQ joints in LA?




One way immigration. Pretty simple, people from LA have brought their food to Texas, but people don't leave Texas to come to Louisiana so their specialties haven't made it over like the other way around. Essentially, the seafood in Texas is "authentic" whereas the Texas style food is imitaton, to put it very simply.
This post was edited on 3/1 at 12:41 pm


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
20
LSUFanHouston
LSU Fan
NOLA
Member since Jul 2009
12109 posts

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
I think each observation you are making has a different reason.

Why is there so much cajun/LA influence in Houston? Because so many people have moved from LA to Houston... so that influences the food choices. Most of the LA food in Houston, though, is absolute crap. But all of the transplants there are so desperate for a taste of home that they will go for it.

I believe the reason TX BBQ hasn't caught on in LA, is purely and simply a product of price. In Houston... people will pay $10/lb for shitty crawfish and the like. Here in LA, especially NOLA... an average-at-best plate of brisket and 2 sides will put you back a min of $15. People in LA don't have as much disposable income and it's not worth it. The few places here that have figured out how do do BBQ really well are even more expensive and often run out of food by the end of lunch.

What is surprising to me, however, is how we don't really have many tex-mex options here. Or pure Mexican food. I've told people that places like Pappasito's and Chuy's - which to me are average at best in the Houston competitive market - would absolutely crush it here in NOLA.

Unfortunetly I think any further entry into LA in either tex-mex/mexican or bbq will have to be chain related. Carrabas and Saltgrass seem to be doing well.

Chuy's has made it as far as Lafayette, and the Pappas Family is learning how to work out of state with the expansion of Pappadeaux. Rudy's is expanding in the BBQ market... maybe they could give it a go here.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
10
choupic
LSU Fan
Somewhere on da bayou
Member since Nov 2009
1602 posts

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
Big Mikes in Thibodaux/Houma is fantastic. Better than the many BBQ places I've ate in Texas.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
00
tigercross
Member since Feb 2008
2244 posts
 Online 

re: LA-TX Culinary Cross-Pollination?
quote:

So why do you think there are no TX BBQ joints in LA?


One reason may be that beef has never really been part of the Louisiana (especially Cajun) culinary canon. It’s chicken, pork, and seafood.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
00
first pageprev pagePage 1 of 1next pagelast page
refresh

Back to top

logoFollow TigerDroppings for LSU Football News
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates on LSU Football and Recruiting.

FacebookTwitterInstagram