Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June 26th - Pappadeux - Filling and Abundant but rather bland

As I mentioned, vacation blog posts will be briefer than usual.  We had a 6 hour layover in Houston Airport.  D refused to eat in the food court.  I don't know why.  The food courts, multiple at this airport are quite a bit more varied than any in Canada where you get a choice of Sbarro's and Tim Hortons... more or less.

In any case, D insisted we find somewhere to sit down.    We chose the Pappadeux in the international terminal. There was bound to be seafood for me considering it is easily spotted from any terminal by the truck-sized Crawfish head protruding from the ceiling.

We waited 15 minutes for seating despite being told it would be 5 minutes.  There were several empty tables that simply needed bussing that sat empty and dirty for a good 10 minutes while the line in the cramped waiting area grew and grew.

It was quite expensive given the fayre of fried food but we were at an airport, I guess.

I had the Maryland Lump Crabcakes on Sauteed Crawfish in a Butter Tarragon Sauce and D had
Crawfish Platter with Crawfish Etouffee and Fried Crawfish.  I enjoyed my dish.  The Crabmeat was real and decent quality.  Though I thought the breading was rather factory-esque.  The Crawfish below were nicely flavoured, not over seasoned and the sauce was tasty.  I was disappointed that none of my food was at all spicy though it was cajun and hot sauce was not already sitting at the table nor offered defacto.

D did no enjoy his dish. The fried Crawfrish were shelled and might as well have been breaded popcorn fish.  The Etouffee was odd but much better than the fried Crawfish.   All in all, not my best experience in airport food.  The servings were decent though the temperature could have been better and spicier.

Cost: $$$
Ambiance: TGIFriday's like
Staff: Friendly but slow

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Houston Airport
3798 N Terminal Rd Spc 23
Houston, TX 77032
(281) 821-7684
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen (Bush Airport) on Urbanspoon

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