The Pappas brothers began building restaurants in Houston in 1945 with the Dot Coffee Shop downtown. Over the decades, they’ve developed more than eighty Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Pappasito’s Cantina, Pappas Seafood House, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Pappas Bar-B-Q, Yia Yia Mary’s, Pappas Burger, and Pappas Grill & Steakhouse locations in Houston, Dallas, Cincinnati, Austin, San Antonio, Beaumont, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Albuquerque, and Phoenix.
Pappadeaux is known for its Cajun flavors, including various blackened entrees. One night in the early 1990s as I was driving home from work, I saw this sign in front of one of their restaurants.
The only John Mellencamp fan I knew more ardent than myself was Lynne, so I fetched my camera from home, went back, and shot this photo for her. ETA: No need to thank me for the ear worm.
A love connection: It was at the remaining Dot Coffee Shop location on the Gulf Freeway southwest of Houston where Lynne met Craig, the man who would become her husband and Jess’s father.
Pappadeaux was also the location of my first (and last) taste of alligator on an occasion when Tom’s parents visited Houston and took us out to eat there.