Houston BBQ pro opens new restaurant Fins & Feathers


Pitmaster Greg Gatlin has been a fixture of Houston’s dining scene since 2010, when he opened Gatlin’s BBQ, which quickly rose to the top of the city’s stellar barbecue ranks.

On July 15, Gatlin is unveiling his newest restaurant, Fins & Feathers, in Independence Heights. Located in a former Mexican restaurant Gatlin frequented as a child, the joint will focus on poultry and seafood instead of the smoked red meats he’s known for.

Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers is in Independence Heights, where Greg Gatlin’s family is from.

Becca Wright

In June, Gatlin said his favorite menu item at Fins & Feathers was the H-Town hot chicken sandwich, a very Houston dish that allies fried chicken with Viet-Cajun flavors. With the help of executive chef Michelle Wallace and chef de cuisine Darius King, Gatlin is serving food reflecting what the team calls “the new South.”

The H-Town hot chicken sandwich at Gatlin's Fins & Feathers has a Viet-Cajun twist.

The H-Town hot chicken sandwich at Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers has a Viet-Cajun twist.

Becca Wright

Dishes like shrimp and crab campechana, duck mole rojo and smoked chicken enchiladas show Mexican influences, while sweet-and-spicy miso wings and the Viet-Cajun sandwich are a nod to Asian fusion in the city.

There’s plenty more flair from Louisiana, including New Orleans barbecue shrimp, red beans and rice, a po’ boy with your choice of seafood, and an “everything” gumbo. The Gulf Coast and Southern portion of the menu is rounded out by mac and cheese, collard greens, “Not My Momma” biscuits and more.

The everything gumbo at Gatlin's Fins & Feathers contains chicken, shrimp, crab, smoked sausage and okra.

The everything gumbo at Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers contains chicken, shrimp, crab, smoked sausage and okra.

Becca Wright

Gatlin is also particularly proud of the restaurant’s version of a charcuterie board, the Fins & Feathers Clucker, which packs Szechuan-spiced chicken cracklings, Southern fried gizzards, chipotle-glazed crispy chicken feet, smoked chicken liver pâté and berbere-spiced quail.

Gatlin's Fins & Feathers will serve poultry dishes like jerk chicken.

Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers will serve poultry dishes like jerk chicken.

Becca Wright

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner service, and will introduce brunch in September.

Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers

Find it: 302 W Crosstimbers St., Houston, TX 77018
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m



 


 



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