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New Gatlin’s BBQ Offshoot Restaurant is All About Fried Chicken and Seafood — Your First Look at Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers

You'll Find It in Houston's Independence Heights Neighborhood

BY // 07.14.22
photography Lindsey Cooper

Calling all fans of Gatlin’s BBQ, a new Greg Gatlin restaurant is due to hatch this Friday, July 15. Dubbed Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers, if you love Southern food — think fried chicken, buttery biscuits, New Orleans barbecue shrimp and oysters on the half shell — this could be your place.

Located in Houston’s historic Independence Heights, where Gatlin’s family grew up, Fins & Feathers sees executive chef Michelle Wallace and chef-de-cuisine Darius King working with Gatlin to modernize some of their most beloved Southern soulful dishes.

Take, for instance, the “Fins & Feathers Clucker,” which will take the trendy charcuterie board to the next level. This groaning board will feature Szechuan-spiced chicken cracklings, Southern fried gizzards, chipotle-glazed crispy chicken feet, smoked chicken liver pate and berbere-spiced quail, all served with all the accouterments. Continuing on the theme of feathers, Fins & Feather’s duck mole rojo is a slow roasted, quarter duck leg bathed in a traditional mole Rojo served with warm tortillas, while sweet n spicy miso wings are spicy honey and miso-glazed chicken wings

For those who opt for Fins, Gatlin will offer a couple of varieties of catfish from cornmeal-dusted, Cajun-spiced fried sort to a blackened catfish napped with a garlic beurre blanc. The day’s fish will be accompanied by a sweet corn chow chow, while the whole fish dinner is a grilled fish brushed with house-made sambal with a side of cilantro lime rice.

“Here on the Gulf Coast, it’s so nice to have somewhere in your neighborhood where you can get fresh, great seafood,” says Greg Gatlin, founder, and owner of Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers. “I also think everybody remembers who had the best fried chicken in their town when they were growing up. Maybe it was their grandma.

“We want to tap into that and make you feel the same way when you eat ours.”

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Owner Greg Gatlin outside his new Houston restaurant called Fins and Feathers in Independence Heights. (Photo by Lindsey Cooper)
Owner Greg Gatlin outside his new Houston restaurant called Fins and Feathers in Independence Heights. (Photo by Lindsey Cooper)

Located at 302 W. Crosstimbers Street, Gatlin’s Fins & Feathers will serve lunch and dinner from 11 am to 9 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. On Sundays, Fins & Feathers will be open from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. It will be closed on Mondays.

In September, Fins & Feathers plans to introduce brunch, which will be served on Sundays during the its regular 10:30 am to 3:30 pm hours.

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