Sate your spirit and your appetite at Lucille’s Restaurant

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Embrace the warm, welcoming atmosphere and lip-smacking, modern comfort food at Lucille’s Restaurant, tucked away in the Museum District. 

Situated minutes from the Medical Center and Hermann Park, Lucille’s is Chef Chris Williams‘ modern day tribute to his accomplished great-grandmother Lucille Bishop Smith, a Texas culinary legend in her own right.

The menu seamlessly combines fresh ingredients with the her classic recipes, such as Lucille’s world famous chili biscuits, and modern original takes on southern comfort food. It’s hard to pay a visit and not start with an order of fried green tomatoes and the beloved chili biscuits.

Williams and his Chef de Cuisine Khang Hoang follow up those and other starters an original and innovative spin on classic southern dishes like grouper, shrimp and grits, oxtails, and pork and beans. Their menu also includes braised lamb shank, sweet potato and quinoa cakes, hanger steak with crispy gulf oysters and freshly made soups and salads.

The neighborly bar also serves up hand-crafted cocktails and features exclusive wine-list, which can be enjoyed while dining or simply at the bar or in the ample, manicured beer garten in back.

With a warmly appointed, casually upscale interior, Lucille’s is at once impressive and comfortable. Crisp wooden beams and details augment exposed brick walls, windows that let in natural light and more formal place settings. Diners feel at once at home and on-the-town.

About Lucille B. Smith

Williams’ great grandmother on his father’s side, Lucille B. Smith has been called the first African American businesswoman in Texas. She owned U.S. Smith’s Famous BBQ in Fort Worth where she was the first black woman to join the local chamber of commerce, published sets of recipes for home cooks, and served her famous chili biscuits on American Airlines. Her chili biscuits were often served at the White House and she counted First Lady Eleanor Rooselvelt, President Lyndon Johnson and heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis among her friends, fans and guests. She became the first food editor for Sepia Magazine in 1965.

Among Lucille B. Smith’s awards, honors and recognitions are the Fort Worth Proclamation of “Lucille B. Smith Day” on April 28, 1966.  She was also appointed to the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women in 1969.

Lucille’s Restaurant

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