The Third Ward has had an extensive role in Houston’s journey toward racial equality, and the sense of community in this district is unyielding. Historical reminders of the area’s past are scattered all around, from the infamous El Dorado Ballroom that gave so much to the Third Ward community by way of musical performances and Emancipation Park which has served as an important gathering space for well over a century. Though we have a few new Third Ward restaurants to share with you, this same sense of history can be seen in some of the long-running establishments that long-time patrons and newcomers alike enjoy.
6 Third Ward Restaurants That Just Vibe Houston
Frenchy’s Chicken first opened up in July of 1969 on Scott Street near the University of Houston Campus as a small po-boy and fried chicken shop run by Percy “Frenchy” Creuzot and his wife, Sallie. From its humble beginnings, this chicken joint has expanded to many franchise locations in the Houston area and is a local favorite. Stop by the Third Ward location to see where it all began and grab a catfish po-boy or bowl of hot creole gumbo while you’re there.
Cream burger has been providing classic American food to the Third Ward and larger Houston-area since 1961. On the menu are hearty burgers, hot dogs, and shakes, and you can get chili-cheese added to just about anything your heart desires (though you may want to skip that topping if you go with a shake). Here you’ll never be disappointed by the portions or the prices, just be sure to swing by the ATM on your way as it a cash only business.
This no frills dine-in spot is known for having food that is good for your soul with southern favorites like smothered pork chops and banana pudding. In fact, it’s even in the name: This Is It Soul Food. In case we haven’t already sold you on it, if you go you definitely won’t be leaving hungry — adult dinners include an entree, three sides, and two cornbread muffins, and the portions aren’t small either. This family-run business has been serving up delicious meals since 1959 at its original location in Freedmen’s Town in the Fourth Ward. In 2010 the restaurant moved to its current location at 2712 Blodgett and became a part of the Third Ward community.
Doshi House has made a name for itself for many different reasons. Among them are the seasonal coffees, eclectic art shows, and dazzling performances you can find there. On top of that, their menu is concise but delicious and includes rotating daily soups such as coconut thai, hominy and squash, and southern creole. Though they offer solely vegetarian and vegan options, the food is so tasty even meat eaters will find something love.
Barron’s Restaurant is a student-run restaurant located on the UH campus. This unique experience is only open to the public from noon to 1:30 pm Monday through Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters. The menu changes, but is always affordable. It is operated by students from the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, and it gives students an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of running a restaurant.
Located on University Drive, current Univeristy of Houston students and alumni alike flock to The Den, but even if you aren’t a Coog in your heart of hearts, you’ll still be welcomed here. Though their menu focuses almost solely on sandwiches by way of food, they certainly won’t leave you wanting. Their menu features Bill and Ted’s Excellent Sammich which is a BLT…with a whopping eleven slices of bacon. You have to try the potato salad as well- it’s a fan favorite. The kitchen is open until midnight, so it’s the perfect spot to grab a late and a cold drink
What are some of your favorite Third Ward Restaurants?