Get past climbing down a few flights of stairs, make your way through a patio that links the parking garage to the sidewalk, and make your way to Bourbon Street. 

At the very least, you can briefly put yourself in that headspace for an hour or so when you sit down at your table at The Rouxpour, at Sugar Land Town Square. 

There are many restaurants serving New Orleans or Louisiana-inspired food in the Houston area, but not many that can boast an atmosphere that approximates the real thing. 

A French Colonial interior with a speakeasy vibe, The Rouxpour definitely has a timeless feel to it, with the murmur of jazz music wafting among the rafters along with the clinks of glasses as the scent of cajun fare fills the air. 

And compared to the rest of the menu, the lunch specials are a pretty decent bargain. You can choose two items for $13, or three for $15. The seafood and sausage gumbo, the salad rouxpour, and the 4-inch catfish po’ boy were my picks, but you can swap out chicken for the gumbo, and have shrimp, chicken, or oyster on your po’ boy, in addition to a selection of salads. 

Red beans with rice and sausage and etouffees with shrimp and crawfish are also fair game for the lunch menu, served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The catfish is probably best fried, as I had it, but you can get it grilled or blackened as well.

But the salad was a refreshing and nice way to start things off. Red pears, dried cranberries, sliced almonds and blue cheese melded together to make for a leafy, creamy bite with an abundance of flavor. 

The clear winner was the gumbo, with a hearty broth base. It is garnished with fresh green onions, celery and okra. The andouille sausage, the shrimp and crawfish tails were seasoned well, with hints of paprika, cayenne and garlic all coming through.  

While I wouldn’t say that dining at The Rouxpour was a life-changing experience for me, finding a lunch spot that is practical and affordable, with friendly service and food that allows a brief escape from the conventional eating habits of everyday life is something to take note of in my book. 

The Rouxpour Sugar Land

Address: 2298 Texas Dr., Sugar Land

Dining Options: Dine-in, takeout, delivery via Postmates, UberEats

Hours: 11 a.m-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Entrée prices: $8-$40

Kid-friendly: Yes

Senior discount: No

Alcohol: Yes

Healthy options: None

Star of the show: Seafood and Sausage Gumbo

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars 

Our new rating system:

In order to give you, dear reader, a more clear explanation of how we evaluate the restaurants we review, we will use a rating system on a scale from one to five stars, with one being the lowest score. From time to time, we may rate a place with 4.5 or 3.5 stars, for example, if we feel a place doesn’t fit neatly in one of these five categories.

Five stars: An elite, special experience, among the best meals we’ve ever had.

Four stars: High-quality, a can’t-miss destination.

Three stars: Slightly above average, but not memorable.

Two stars: Middling. You can skip out on this place, and you won’t be missing anything.

One star: Poor, low quality. A disappointment.

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