My friend from Las Vegas came to town, and she wanted to hear live music. I remembered the former Red Cat Jazz Cafe and was glad it opened back up on Franklin Street. I thought it would be a great opportunity for her to hear some great music, and have some classic Creole cusine. This establishment was formerly located some where else downtown, and had some of the best food around. However, the new location was very disappointing. Upon arriving at our table, the waitress informed us that the appetizer special was hotwings and salad. I then asked her for a menu, and she indicated there was no menu and the appetizer special was the only entree they had. We ordered the special and while it was good, it was not the Creole food (dirty rice, fried catfish, red bean and rice, etc.) we were expecting. In addition, my friend and I had two cocktails that were prepared poorly and the were overpriced. (I rated the food as average in this review, because it was actually good; however, there wasn't a good selection.)
The entertainment, Dean James, his band and his wife who sang a song or two were fantastic. They were the highlight of the evening, and I would highly recommend seeing him any time. He should seek out other venues in Houston. He and his band are awesome. In addition, Mr. James and his wife were very friendly. He acknowledged my friend's birthday.
If you are seeking good food and drinks, please go to another place. However, if you are seeking entertainment only...this is a pretty good place. I would most certainly point out that this place is not as great as its former location.
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