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“Always Amazing”
Review of Lucille's

Lucille's
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Ranked #57 of 8,995 Restaurants in Houston
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: The Museum District
Reviewed 30 November 2014

Lucille Bishop Smith was a chef, educator, entrepreneur and food corporation president who has been called the first African-American businesswoman in Texas. She is credited with inventing the first commercially marketed hot roll mix and establishing one of the nation's first college-level commercial foods and technology departments. She recognized women of color didn't have many opportunities and forged a pathway for them by giving them the skills to make a good living and lift themselves out of poverty during a time of Jim Crow segregation and the birth of the modern civil rights movement.

In 1941, Smith first published her recipes as a boxed set of cards called "Lucille's Treasure Chest of Fine Foods." Smith noted in the 1945 edition that the recipes "were once private records for personal gain" but were being published "with the hope that they will aid persons interested in lifting culinary art from the commonplace."

Smith's legacy — and a number of her dishes — lives on at a Houston restaurant named for her. Her great-grandson, the charismatic chef Chris Williams, owns Lucille’s. He was 6 when Lucille Smith died, but he remembers sitting in her bedroom talking "for hours about nothing and everything." Later, he discovered his great-grandmother's culinary legacy and found his culinary focus.

We are glad for it and lucky that that Lucille’s is here in Houston on any given night, the residents of the surrounding neighborhood seem to agree.

There is a short but smart list of wines by the glass, with many in the $8 range. The bar takes rightful pride in its cocktail program.

Lucille's is well worth the drive from anywhere in the city for dinner or the spectacular Sunday brunch. Chef/Owner Chris Williams prepares each meal from scratch by using only the finest and freshest products around. Your will taste the difference in each bite while both rediscovering family favorites and adding some new ones prepared with vegetables and herbs grown in the restaurant’s back yard, served with grace and charm in intimate dining rooms.

Creating Southern comfort foods with European accents Chef Chris Williams’ culinary roots and passion for quality seasonal ingredients innovatively prepared is a fitting tribute to his great-grandmother Lucille Bishop Smith. Her influence continues to shine through in each of his well-crafted dishes.

With its intimate atmosphere and seasonal menu selections Chef Williams inspires us while carrying forward his family’s tradition of southern cooking foodways with perseverance, innovative sophistication and verve. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: November 2014
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Reviewed 23 November 2014

I had Pork and Beans. Best I have ever had. I did not know what to expect. It was unique and wonderful. Shrimp and grits were good too. Nice atmosphere. Lovely restaurant.

Date of visit: November 2014
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Reviewed 13 November 2014

We went with 2 other couples to Lucille's recently, and although the food was good, we felt it was overpriced and nothing to write home about.

Date of visit: November 2014
Thank 989LauraM989
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Reviewed 6 November 2014

Eventhought it took me 47 mins. to travel roughly 10 miles, I was very impressed. Wait staff were freindly and attentive. I sat at the bar and Craig was the model of customer service. I ordered the Sea Bass, a top a jalepeno cornbread "johnny cake" with sauted kale and marinated heirloom tomatoes, it was Fantastic! I have to admit it was not cheap but well worth it for the unassuming atmosphere and comfortable conversation with the staff. I will be back!

Date of visit: November 2014
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Reviewed 30 October 2014 via mobile

Had the delicious and interesting pate and pickles appetizer, fabulous fried green tomatoes, chili biscuits and shared the fried oyster BLT. Wonderful service and very tasty meal. We will be back for dinner or brunch.

Date of visit: October 2014
Thank TuttC
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