We have eaten at Fremin's since it opened, and the food has been hit or miss. My main complaint has been that dishes were smothered with cream sauces which disguised the flavors of the food and made the dishes too rich. The area deserves better food since it is located in Thibodaux, home of the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University, one of the few public culinary institutes in the country. It was a crime to have such unremarkable food in such close proximity to the institute. The last three times I have been to Fremin's I have been pleasantly surprised. The food is much better. (The waitress told us that the executive chef is a graduate of the Culinary Institute.) Of course, the chargrilled oysters have always been good, but main dishes are now offered that are not smothered in cream sauces. Though fish dishes often come with a cream sauce, if one asks, a lemon-butter sauce can be substituted. The lemon risotto side dish is excellent. A favorite, which I have had twice in recent weeks as my meal along with Fremin's "signature" salad which is huge, even in the small size, is the shrimp and grits appetizer. The shrimp and grits equal the best I've had anywhere (including Paula Deen's Restaurant). It is in a white wine butter sauce and contains several shrimp, portobello mushrooms, and proscuitto. It has a great lemony taste. The restaurant is located in an old building across from the local courthouse, which is a very busy place during the day. Noise can be a problem in the restaurant, since the rowdy bar area is not completely separated from the dining area. Hanging tapestries in the dining area have helped somewhat to alleviate the noise problem. (Perhaps strategically placed area rugs might help, too.) Going early around 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. can help with noise and with finding a parking place downtown. The lunches are excellent, too, but parking can be a challenge downtown. If one doesn't mind walking a few blocks, the food is worth it! The staff is courteous and helpful, and best of all, the food is a great value! The crusty bread and the olive oil and flavored butters alone are worth the trip. And that walk will be welcome after the meal.
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