Helmed by Chef Danny Trace, a New Orleans native whose resume includes stints at Commander’s Palace and Cafe Adelaide, Brennan’s is the kind of place you go to for well-executed classics: Oysters Rockefeller, Shrimp and Grits, Gulf Fish Pontchartrain. But should you happen to venture into less predictable territory, you’ll be just as pleased. Still, every meal should end with bananas foster prepared tableside.
Relaxed Elegance at Brennan’s
Anyone growing up near the Houston area might associate Brennan’s with their childhood, and memories of going there in the springtime, when blooming azaleas cover the grounds of this beautiful and iconic local spot. Even as an adult, one can appreciate the restaurant’s casual elegance and charm, which begins with a warm welcome and every diner treated like an old friend. The menu celebrates Texas creole cuisine—Hill Country Rabbit, Pecan Crusted Gulf Fish, and other dishes that marry the best of the bayou with dishes from other parts of the state. As jazz music drifts through the air, you’ll dig in to the restaurant’s most beloved dish at the end of your meal, the bananas foster, flambéed tableside since 1967.