The signs are clear - an unpretentious, low-slung building surrounded by cars (and lots of pickups) at 6:00 PM on a Saturday (feeding time for the locals, we assume because by 7:30 the lines and crowds were largely gone). Lagneaux's is not a gourmet experience - diners are herded through a steam buffet line one plate at a time, but the line moved fast and items were constantly replaced.
The large (and not so large) folks near us ate mountains of boiled crayfish...scooped unceremoniously in stainless-steel bowls. Boiled crabs, boiled shrimp, and fried seafood of all kinds abounded. There were several things on the table I didn't recognize, but apparently other people did.
After five days of $20 poboys and $50 + meals in New Orleans, the $21.95 buffet seemed like a real bargain. We skipped the wine list (see photo) in favor of tasty iced tea, readily replaced by our friendly waitress.
Now as for the food - the frog's legs alone were worth the price of admission. The catfish was the best I've had in ages - crisp, light, and perfectly done. As far as the rest of the buffet - well, I can see how people would differ in their opinions. I am sure the gumbo would have benefited from being served in a proper bowl, rather than the small melamine containers. The vegetables - aside from the onion rings and corn on the cob - were eminently forgettable. I searched in vain for the previously reviewed alligator and soft shell crab... which would have made my night had they been available.
I'm sure we looked like dainty eaters compared to those around us, but we had a good time, and I'm glad we stopped. But know what you're getting yourself into! Anything more than Jeans and a tea shirt and you'll be stared at! Lagneaux's reminded me of the restaurant in "My Cousin Vinny," and I like that movie a lot...
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