It's a good sign when someone is a repeat customer at a restaurant; Mr. Ed’s has such an extensive and diverse menu, we had to eat there three times just to write this review. (It was not a sacrifice.) They have Italian dishes, home-cooking favorites, and lots of seafood including po boys. Several of the dishes we've tried come with a twist on the traditional New Orleans presentation, so be prepared for that possibility.
* Their shrimp creole reveals tart and spicy flavors, not traditional New Orleans style but still interesting and exciting.
* Trout meuniere is usually sautéed, but at Mr. Ed’s it was prepared like Southern fried chicken. The meuniere sauce, which is usually based in a combination of lemon, Worcestershire, and butter, leaned heavily toward the tamarind flavor present in Worcestershire. Again, not traditional New Orleans but still very enjoyable.
* The turtle soup is good but not great. A bit of sherry is added in the kitchen. Tip: ask your waiter to allow you to add the sherry at the table instead.
* The fried shrimp salad includes a nice mix of greens.
* RECOMMENDED: The fried shrimp are very good, and the fried soft shell crab at the next table looked great.
* The veal parmesan was deep fried with a thick crust and covered with a high-quality melted mozarello cheese and served with angel hair pasta. Their marinara is good but not great.
* RECOMMENDED: Don't get Italian.
* They have several items rarely seen on dinner menus, including seafood-stuffed bell peppers, crabmeat au gratin, and white beans and rice. I look forward to trying them all.
* Their large serving of shepherd's pie is a good choice for a big appetite; it is served with a rich thick brown gravy, but its texture would have been even better with the addition of vegetables with the meat. Tip: mix in your side serving of veggies with your entree.
* RECOMMENDED: My friend (a very skilled chef) says their fried chicken is excellent.
* RECOMMENDED: Their lima beans and shrimp, a Cajun specialty of the nearby River Parish area, is delicious; it is served with a pork chop, either fried or grilled. Tip: ask your waiter for smoked sausage instead of pork chop.
* The greeter at the door is less than professional, and may actually yell to you across the busy room to ask how many in your party or to take your name.
* Servers are attentive and efficient.
* RECOMMENDED: Ask for server Melissa; she grew up in a restaurant family and she really knows her craft. One of the best waiters anywhere.
* The dining room is family-oriented and a bit loud. The 8-10 TVs that are spread throughout the restaurant distract from what could be a much nicer ambiance. (Management, are you listening?)
* Tasteful jazz can be heard over the speaker system when it's not too noisy.
* RECOMMENDED: The fried eggplant sticks with marinara sauce make a very good appetizer for sharing.
* Most of their entrees include a side salad of only lettuce with one cherry tomato and one slice of cucumber. The homemade dressings are good but not great.
* RECOMMENDED: The onion rings are to die for.
* The chocolate mousse cake is rich and delicious.
* The coffee is strong and smooth.
* Don't be afraid of ordering too much. They do a truly over-the-top job of packing leftovers to go.