Splurge on the seafood tower
We’re not saying you need to prove to visitors why Houston totally rocks, but if you did need to prove to visitors why Houston totally rocks, you should do so with a gargantuan seafood platter. At Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, that comes in the form of a beautiful $135 feast stacked with oysters on the half shell, marinated mussels, snapper ceviche, campechana, crab meat deviled eggs, and pickled shrimp. Over at Brennan's, the Grand Seafood Platter busts out the big guns with a creole spread featuring blue crab ravigote, Zatarain’s jumbo shrimp, creole lobster “on a stick,” West Indies crabclaws, Des Allemands smoked catfish dip, and Louisiana half-shell oysters. Bernadine’s I-10 Platter makes the perfect starter at $65, with raw oysters, blue crab claws, pickled shrimp, smoked fish dip, chicharrones, aged Surryano ham, and house pickles. Or there’s the jewel that is Julep’s tower, feeding three to six people whole lobster, king crab legs, raw oysters, bay scallops, cold boiled shrimp, and seafood accompaniments for a cool $120.