Houston BBQ pro opens new Fins & Feathers

Pitmaster Greg Gatlin has been a staple 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 unveils 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 rather than the smoked red meat for which it was made famous.

Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers is located in Independence Heights, where the Greg Gatlin family hails.

Becca Wright

In June, Gatlin said his favorite menu item at Fins & Feathers is the H-Town Hot Chicken Sandwich, a very Houston dish allied with fried chicken with Viet-Cajun flavors. With the help of Executive Chef Michelle Wallace and Chef Darius King, Gatlin serves up food that reflects 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 campachana, duck mole rojo, and smoked chicken enchiladas show Mexican influences, while the sweet and spicy miso wings and feta cajun sandwich are a nod to the city’s Asian fusion.

There’s plenty to taste of Louisiana, including grilled New Orleans shrimp, red beans and rice, and boy with your choice of seafood, and “everything” okra. The Gulf Coast portion and the southern portion of the menu are rounded off by macaroni and cheese, collard greens, “Not My Momma” cookies, and more.

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

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

Becca Wright

Gatlin is also particularly proud of the restaurant’s version of the Charcuterie plate, Fins & Feathers Clucker, which packs Szechuan-marinated chicken nuggets, fried Southern giblets, crispy chipotle-glazed chicken feet, smoked chicken livers, and barberry-marinated quail.

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

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

Becca Wright

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and will serve brunch in September.

Gatlin’s Fins and Feathers

look for it: 302 W. Crossstampers Street, Houston, TX 77018
hours: tuesday – saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM




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