Visiting New Orleans, a resident of the city took us to Mandina's. Not fancy, but the place has a warmth to it. I had the Buster Crab Bayou ($25.95) that consisted of three fried softshell crabs, potatoes, a side salad, a side of green beans and bread pudding for dessert. Having had softshell crabs in Maryland, these were not as tasty, but they were okay. My two friends both had a half-loaf oyster sandwich ($12.50). Trust me -- a half-loaf is a large portion and the sandwich came loaded with fried oysters. They both liked the oysters very much. We all had a cup of seafood gumbo ($5.25) which, in my opinion, was the best part of the meal. The gumbo was served with the lightest French bread I've ever had; it was very good. If you want a restaurant frequented by locals instead of the more touristy places, give Mandina's a try. Also, I was told that the Italian food on the menu is very good.
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