I was in Houston for business yesterday and our morning session ended rather early, leaving my law partner and I with and unexpected opportunity for a leisurely lunch downtown within walking distance of where we were, but not enough time to hop in the car and go eat anywhere else. Consulted Yelp and decided to eat at Treebeards without reading the reviews too carefully. Turned out to be a decent, inexpensive choice.
Treebeards is essentially a Cajun food cafeteria. Had I read that it was cafeteria style, we would have likely picked somewhere that served fresh food. But truthfully, it was OK. I had red beans and rice with sausage, duck gumbo, and a bowl of fresh watermelon for desert. My parter had a large salad that had been pre-made, but was surprisingly fresh. She said that she enjoyed the salad. The beans and rice was very good, the gumbo average, and the watermelon quite good. Decent cornbread and they didn't charge you for butter (a pet peeve).
Partner paid, so I didn't notice exactly what the price was, but it was very reasonable by my standards. Probably $12 - 14 or so each. We didn't have a lot of interactions (as one would expect) with the staff, but they all seemed to go out of their way to be helpful and were very friendly and well trained.
Just glanced at their web site. Apparently they have several locations downtown. The one we ate at was at 315 Travis St.
For those for whom price is a critical issues, here is a menu:
In summary, it's not a place I'd go out of my way to eat at again, but if I found myself in that part of downtown again and it was lunch time, I'd be glad to eat there again.