A new Gulf Coast-style seafood and Creole restaurant is slated to open as soon as Halloween weekend.
Acadian Coast, at 2929 Navigation Boulevard, is a joint project between John Avila, of El Burro & the Bull barbecue joint and the Henderson & Kane general store, Bruce Gingrich, who brought Memphis’ Corky’s BBQ to Houston, and Chef Jean-Philippe Gaston, known for his work in several Houston kitchens, including Cove and Kata Robata.
Acadian Coast’s menu will focus on Gulf Coast seafood, with inspiration from American Creole, Southern US and Canada’s Acadian cuisines, culinary traditions that date as far back as the 17th century. As such, the restaurant’s opening menu will feature historically-inspired seafood and game meat dishes, including a rotating menu of fresh raw oysters, lamb heart carpaccio with balsamic and shallots, duck gumbo and four-bone rack of elk ribs cooked with mushrooms and Diane sauce.
In the mornings, Acadian Coast will operate as a bakery and cafe, serving up handcrafted bread, pastries and beignets. The restaurant is planning a tentative opening for Saturday, October 31, thought that date may change.
When it debuts, Acadian Coast will neighbor another Second Ward newcomer. Roostar Grill, known for creative banh mis, is opened a third location in the same shopping center at 2929 Navigation earlier this summer.