By Phaedra Cook
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 7:22 a.m.
As Houston diners have become more sophisticated, so have their tastes. Just 30 years ago, sushi was regarded as adventurous and the vast majority of available oysters were the big, nonspecific ones from the Gulf.
Just because it’s a venerable institution doesn’t mean Brennan’s of Houston doesn’t notice what’s going on around it. The restaurant recently instituted its own raw seafood tower. It comes in two sizes. The Petite Tower is perfect for three people to nosh on before dinner, while the Grand Tower makes a good appetizer for four or five. Included are Creole-style blue crab ravigote; big, Cajun-spice shrimp; skewered chunks of lobster meat; West Indies crab claws; smoked catfish dip; and, of course, oysters on the half shell. People with smaller groups or appetites should look to the menu for smaller raw dishes, such as Creole yellowfin tuna crudo with pickled vegetables and "Crab Boil" peanut vinaigrette.