My wife and I ate at Mary Mahoney's on a Saturday evening in March. It seems that Biloxi has senior proms somewhat continuously between March and May, and Mary Mahoney's is a favorite place to go to impress dates (hence the title; yet I digress...). I take that as a very positive reflection on the establishment from the locals.
We ordered the top-rated dishes: we shared the "Presidential Platter" appetizer: $36 for crab claws and soft shell crabs, and though it sounds expensive, it was worth every penny. We were totally stuffed, and we couldn't finish it! My wife favored the cocktail sauce, but I thought that the tartar sauce was really delicious. We followed this exquisite appetizer with the "Shrimp and Lump Crabmeat St Patrick." Think of jumbo shrimp in an escargot pan covered in rue and crabmeat. It was very very very rich, and, honestly, we didn't enjoy it as much as we thought we would. Perhaps our wine pairing distracted (Saintsbury pinot noir, selected because of the rue), and so I would recommend a Chardonnay or Sauv Blanc).
The building dates back to 1737, which makes it one of the oldest buildings in the U.S. The owners have paid particular attention to the views from each of the tables. Given the frequency and ferocity of Gulf hurricanes (Katrina flooded the restaurant up to about 7 feet), it's remarkable that this building still stands. Because I live on the Gulf Coast I recommend that you take the opportunity to eat here while you still can...
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