A sense of community is something that has always rung true in the Fifth Ward. It has carried residents through the good times and the bad, and it is a highly valued quality in the area establishments as well. This sense of togetherness is found in restaurants and local hangouts, whether they’ve been there for decades or not, and just makes you feel like you’re at home. Much of the Fifth Ward’s creole roots also become evident in the types of food most prevalently served here. Though Frenchtown no longer exists, the culture lives on, blended into everyday life in Houston. Check out these appetizing Fifth Ward dining recommendations we have for you.
Top 5 Fifth Ward Dining Spots
The Nickel Sandwich Grill is named as an homage to the ward in which it resides. They have been a proud member of the Fifth Ward community for over fifteen years and continue to give back through churches, schools, and other local organizations. At The Nickel Sandwich and Grill they also certainly aren’t shy about dishing out large portions of flavorful food. They have a nice little seated patio area with a walk-up order window where patrons can order a juicy Nickel Burger with cheese, a chopped beef sandwich, or a fried shrimp Po boy. Also available on their menu are BBQ staples like sausage and ribs, available in dinner portions or by the pound and half pound.
Family owned and operated, J&J Lounge was established in 1976 by husband and wife team Jerry and Shirley Johnson. Today their son Curry runs the business, continuing their legacy by serving up delicious soul food, seafood, pasta, and burgers. Dishes include shrimp and grits, a seafood baked potato, and creole pasta. Tuesdays are Burger Day and if you are looking for a way to start your weekend off right, stop by for Margarita Friday — where margaritas are free with your dine-in order.
Davis Meat Market
Located on Lockwood Drive, Davis Meat Market has been going strong since 1988. It’s a small convenience store with a butcher shop and steam counter, and a wide selection of fresh-cut meat. The owner will also process a variety of meat for customers, including wild game, at very reasonable prices. Mr. Davis barbecues regularly in the back of his shop, and in addition to slicing up your meat, he can cook it for you too. His BBQ is just one of the many things available on the steam counter. With oxtails so tender the meat literally falls off the bone and beef tips served over white rice with brown gravy, it’s hard to know what to choose. He also makes an assortment of sausages, including jalapeño cheese, pure meats, and blends.
Burt’s Meat Market and Cajun Foods
Burt’s Meat Market and Cajun Foods has been family owned since 1948. Whether you are looking for a meal that is ready to eat or maybe something to take home and make for yourself, they’ve got you covered. Burt’s full-service meat market has extremely fresh cuts and their take-out deli has lunch plates that include hearty portions of a meat and two sides. Some of their specialties include cajun stuffed pork chops and smoked rind on slab bacon. With winter upon us, you may even want to swing by for some of their extra lean chili meat. Just be sure you don’t forget to grab some of their classic cornbread while you’re at it.
The New Potato
Though this watering hole is a newer addition to the Fifth Ward dining choices, it certainly has made a splash. This dog-friendly, open-lawn bar in lower Fifth Ward offers a covered deck and spacious yard area with great views of the downtown skyline. The lack of large buildings nearby allows for a reliable and refreshing breeze, providing some much needed and natural AC on those warmer days. Lawn games are a popular pastime at this establishment, and food trucks are a nearly constant presence on the weekends. Some of the repeat favorites are Boombox Taco, Twisted Catfish, and Tila’s Tacos. The bar also serves locally sourced pizza daily and frequently hosts pop-up food events. They’re home to a wide selection of craft beers and a pineapple cider that just sounds too interesting not to try.
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