Treebeard's - Houston , Texas

A lot of discussions went on about whether "Treebeard's" is a reference to the Lord of the Rings character and without actually having confirmed it one way or another, I am going to say yes.
This is a bit of a chain with at least 5 locations and catering. When I was researching whether I could find vegetarian choices in Houston, the name Treabeards came up. We went for lunch on Friday at the Travis Street location across from Market Square Park. It was busy with the downtown business community but they are well set up here and move quickly.
Service is cafeteria-style and your choices are many ranging from Chicken Fried something or other to Cajun, Creole and Southern dishes with a lot of classic sides.
Dave had Seafood Gumbo which was rich and had some nice chunks of seafood including gulf shrimp.
For sides, he had Red Beans and Rice with a link of sausage. I'm not sure what the sausage was exactly. It reminded me of Ukranian sausage.
Mario had the Squash casserole as he had enjoyed it on a previous visit, as well as a Ceasar Salad and the soup of the day (I think).
Myself, and finally eating vegetarian in Houston, I had a small vegan Red Beans and rice. This I rendered non-vegan by adding cheese (still vegetarian obviously). It was $3.99 for the small size roughly equivalent to a side. You can order 3 sides for $7.50 or your sides come in various quantities added on to main courses. Flexibility is a thing here for sure. For sides, I had Squash Casserole (at Mario's recommendation). It was very good with zucchini etc. and some cheese and breadcrumbs. I also had mustard greens and cornbread. All of this was tasty and reduced my overall feelings of guilt slightly over my consumption this week! (I am just kidding. I do not feel guilty about what I eat and have ceased to refer to anything as a guilty pleasure.)
This is a roomy place with seating upstairs and outside in addition to the main room. An efficient staff with a menu that can be healthy, if you choose and tasty. Noisy and friendly, if I worked downtown and ate out at lunchtime, I would be here often.
For what it's worth, I give Treebeards 4 out of 5.
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