I went to school in New Orleans and was so happy when i found Dodie's (about 1992 or so). It's not fancy, not upscale, but a genuine dive with authentic New Orleans food. We hit here about once every ten days when I'm in town. The waitstaff knows their regulars and takes really good care of them. The food is reliable, seafood fresh, and the beer is cold.
This place is run by the dad. The son is more ambitious - he has a couple of other restaurants, including one down the street. As the restaurants move upscale, they lose their uniqueness... At least the original hasn't done that. I hope that the family keeps this place open.
If you like crawfish but are lazy, get the king crab legs. They are cooked in the same crab boil, but have more meat for less work. I love crayfish, but smaller ones wear me out. Dodie's sticks to Louisiana crawfish, which can be smaller than the Chinese ones in other places. I've never had a bad oyster over many many dozens, and they are always very flavorful and fresh Gulf oysters.
Two recommendations if you like po-boys. One - their version of a muffaletta is very good (even if sometimes offmenu). It's on french bread, but otherwise is true to New Orleans. The second is the Ferdie (ham and roast beef, fully dressed with oodles of mayo and gravy) is a sloppy delight - I can usually only eat half. Again, this is from their old menu, but is often available. Just ask.
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