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Jan 26, 2010 06:44 AM

Oysters Rockefeller in Houston

Anyone have suggestions on where to have good Oysters Rockefeller in Houston/Clear Lake/Galveston?

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  1. You might try Floyd's. I tried to check their website but all they have is an old one from the 1960 location, the new Clear Lake one is "coming soon." The old one did not have them. Gilhooley's is another possibilty, but I could not find a website, however their grilled oysters are good. I've tried Denis' on the west side before they sold out, not bad but not worth the price. Now, follow me here. My all-time favorites were at Angelo's Fisherman's Wharf on South Main back in the 70's and 80's. I have a booklet put out by Texas Parks and Wildlife that has the recipe in it, along with others from many now defunct restaurants across Texas. After frantically digging through my cookbooks with no success, and two trips to the closet battling a dozen fishing rods, I found an unpacked box with the booklet. This is a recipe my new bride and I have had quite a few times, although it has been a few years. It is absolutely delicious, it sounds a little strange, but trust me on this one. Recipe follows: Heat oven to 375. Season some spinach, I use frozen, defrosted, with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Put spinach on half shell oysters, along with Maries or Kraft's chunky blue cheese salad dressing, I found Kraft's best. Garnish with paprika and bake 10 to 15 minutes. I think we hit them with the broiler at the end. It's not great on the wasteline, put it really tastes like the old Angelo's recipe. We'd buy a small sack in Seabrook, 12-15 count, clean, freeze and re-use the shells. Now is the time as oysters are peaking.

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    1. re: James Cristinian

      I know this is an older thread, but I was just telling my mom that I was craving Angelo's oysters Rockefeller and decided to Google the recipe. Your thread popped up! Is that really the recipe? I live in Seattle now, so I get some amazing oysters! I found a recipe with a cheese sauce that sounded good, but man, this is simple! They had the absolute best oysters there!

      1. re: swhiton

        Is this the actual recipe? The book put out by the Texas Department of Agriculture and Parks and Wildlife wouldn't lie, or would they? Anyway, it sure tastes like the old Angelo's recipe, that means delicious. Man I miss Angelo's, they had a fire at the restaurant and re-opened in a trailer. I remember one night, huge perfect half shell oysters, the Rockefellers, boiled and fried shrimp, fried chicken, the biscuits, all at a ridiculously low all you can eat price. I literally have not eaten a bite of food since then, except the occasional carnitas, the fish I catch, and the pork tenderloin I'm getting ready to chicken fry. As for the booklet, Texas Seafood, it has seafood recipies from all over Texas, even Dallas, which is really part of Oklahoma, Routh Street and Baby Routh of Stephen Pyles fame. I think I got it at a seafood market in Seabrook, and has probably been out of print for a zillion years, but maybe they have something new. Tx. Dept. of Ag. Marketing Division, po box 12847, Austin, which is in Texas, 78711, 512 463 7624. No internet site, Al Gore had not invented it yet. Try it and let me know how you like it.

        1. re: James Cristinian

          You're on a roll with the funnies today, James! Must be the Friday giddies.

          1. re: Lambowner

            Lambsy, I stole the moniker from Doobs, yes it's Friday and my day off, but the giddies are attributed to the approach of Tropical Storm Don, with the baramontic pressure dropping. Channel 11 just showed some actual raindrops hitting an actual windshield caused by the evil Don. Let's keep this on topic. Do you like oysters, and if so can you share some favorite recipes/restaurant dishes? I'm on a constant search for the best fried oyster. My two favorites are BBQ Inn and Mardi Gras Grill, totally different preps but each delicious. Mardi Gras Grill also does Oyster Louisianne, oysters poached in butter and wine, sopped up woth bread, the sauce and oysters are devine.

            Mardi Gras Grill
            1200 Durham, Houston, TX 77007

            1. re: James Cristinian

              Well, I like my oysters alive and very cold while sitting outside on a beautiful day in January. Which is why I like the oysters at Gilhooley's in San Leon, but it is soooo far away. Denis's Seafood House on the Katy Frwy has a sampler platter of baked oysters topped with goodies, as does Goode Co., I think. I still haven't tried the shrimp or oysters at BBQ Inn, need to do so soon. Went for the fried chicken!

              I saw some sky water from my window earlier today. So strange.

              Gilhooley's Restaurant
              222 9th St, Dickinson, TX 77539

              1. re: Lambowner

                The great thing about BBQ Inn is they sell oysters and shrimp by the piece. I turned Doobs on to that.

                1. re: James Cristinian

                  Really? Did not know that. Went there a couple of weeks ago for the shrimp and they had two sizes. Hubs got the oysters. Both were good.

              2. re: James Cristinian

                Wrap oysters in half a piece of bacon securing with a toothpick. Place on a sheet of foil, sprinkle with chives and grill until the bacon is cooked. That's my favorite oyster recipe.

                My favorite oysters in a restaurant are Drago's in Metairie, the charbroiled oysters. Had them Monday. Just heaven. I need to get down to Gilhooley's and see how they stack up.

                Gilhooley's Restaurant
                222 9th St, Dickinson, TX 77539

                1. re: texasredtop

                  I've done the oysters and bacon, but haven't tried them with chives. Sounds like a winner, plus, oysters and bacon, just can't go wrong there.

                  1. re: James Cristinian

                    With you there! Then again, I think you could put bacon on a rock & it would be good. :-)

      2. Brennan's in Houston should be reopening before too much longer. Although Oysters Rockefeller were invented at a different New Orelans restaurant (Antoine's), Brennan's is also famous for their version.

        1. An oldie but a goodie. I haven't had that in ages. A search of b4 for the term Rockefeller pulled up a rather small number of references for your consideration:

          I believe the last place I had that was at Christie's and it's still on the menu according to the website.

          You might call both the Floyd's Webster and Pearland locations.

          Please report back if you find a stellar version. I'm craving some now.

          1. I'll probably get shot down for suggesting this, but I've always enjoyed the Oyster Rockefeller at Willie G's on Post Oak.

            Yeah, yeah, I know ... it's Landry's ...

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            1. re: FarleyFlavors

              Not EVERYTHING is bad at Landry's. I had a crabcake sandwich at the one near Breaux Bridge, La last year that was pretty dang good.

            2. I'm pretty sure that Gaido's in Galveston has them. I haven't been there in a while, but it is an old school white table cloth seafood restaurant right on the seawall. I believe I had Oysters Rockefeller on the oyster sampler platter the last time I was there.

              Also, I don't think Gilhooley's has them, but I could be wrong. Their grilled oysters are great though, and really cheap. I think they do one with parm and butter, one with salsa and butter, and one with shrimp. Highly recommended, although it can be very smoky (no smoking ban in San Leon) so if that bothers you, you might want to go when its warm enough to sit outside.

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              1. re: benjym

                I was at Gilhooleys on Sunday and had the Gilhooleys Oysters. Great! Grilled with parmesian cheese and butter. $5.95 for a half dozen and $10.95 for a full. They were very crowded so service was slow. There was also a band playing on the patio.

                1. re: benjym

                  Yes, Gaido's has them. We were down about 6-8 months ago and although the service was slow, it was good. They were out of a lot of things too. I think they were still suffering a bit after Ike and that has probably passed by now.