My wife surprised me with dinner at The Blue Parrot for my birthday. We like to sit outside whenever we can, so we went right for the porch. The New Orleans scene painted on the wall outside was great. It really added a nice touch. We were just recently in N.O.'s and thought it felt very authentic.
Now for the food and prices. I thought the prices were average for city dining. Nothing outrageous. My wife and I aren't hard to please and pretty much liked most of what we tried. On Tuesday night they have a special, $10.95 for AYCE that includes gumbo, Etouffee, jambalaya, and red beans and rice.
I had the gumbo to start. I'm no professional food critic, but I thought it was the worst gumbo I'd ever eaten anywhere. I lived in Louisiana long enough to know good gumbo. Thankfully our server took it away and suggested I try the jambalaya and red beans and rice. Good call on her part. Those two dishes were fine, and went together very nicely. The portions were more than adequate. My wife had a burger and frie that aside from being a little over done, was better than your average burger. Great flavor, and huge. She couldn't finish it all. The fries were really exceptional. Better than the fries on the boardwalk in OC MD.
We ordered the home made potato chip appetizer to start with. It's advertised with a chipotle dipping sauce that I didn't think seemed like a good pairing. I was wrong. We're potato chip junkies and regularly go to several places that make their own chips, and these were by far the best. The dip was a surprise, as it was actually very good with potato chips.
I was going to say that the drink prices were a bit high, but then again, we very rarely dine in Wilmington. I had forgotten that the drinks are typically a few dollars more in the city. Don't get me wrong, they weren't on par with Bourbon Street inflated prices. I finished off the evening with several dirty martini's. Not the way I usually make them, but I'm no bartender either. Maybe a touch less olive juice and even a bit less vermouth would have been better, but I'm not complaining. I thought they were good enough to order two of them.
They do have a happy hour, but we got there right when it ended. We'll try to catch it the next time we go. We got there right before sunset and it was nice how the city settled down a bit as we were eating. It even changed the atmosphere. It kind of made the mural on the wall come alive a bit more after dark. A few questionable characters on the street when we were leaving, no big deal, just be aware.
I wouldn't say the place is spectacular, but I will give it an average plus, with a great patio, and friendly service.
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