Since most people who read these reviews have never been to the place they are reading about, I want to write a review for their benefit. The locals do love this restaurant and you can too, if you know what to expect. The wait for a table can be long, especially if there is an event at LSU with visitors to the city all wanting to try Louisiana seafood. I have found that the best time to eat here is for lunch and to arrive a little before 11am. The wait for a table is always longer in the evening. You may choose to wait for your table in the bar, however, it can be too crowded.
Keep in mind that this is a seafood restaurant and fried seafood is pretty much their specialty. Unless your entire table orders fried seafood or gumbo, the wait for the arrival of your food will be much longer.
The onion rings are homemade and the batter is light. They are very good and have never been greasy when my family has ordered them. So many people like Mike Anderson's coleslaw that you can find the recipe posted on numerous sites online. The jumbo fried shrimp are very large, always taste fresh and the batter is light. The seafood gumbo is good, not spicy hot. On our last visit, there was not much seafood other than shrimp in my gumbo, probably because I ordered a cup size. The tartar sauce is good, but I've had better. My family had differing opinions about the fried catfish on our last visit. My husband said it wasn't as good as it usually is while my two sons said it was very, very good. My son's girlfriend had the stuffed shrimp and said they were delicious. We were not impressed with the bread pudding. I find that the char-broiled grilled fish is much better than the broiled fish dishes. I suggest that you view the menu online before your visit and inquire about the type of fish included in any dish you are considering.
This is a restaurant of choice for many who are celebrating an event. You will find people in casual to dressy attire. It's best not to dress too extremely casual or you may feel uncomfortable. I would not describe this restaurant as intimate or romantic.
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