This place is a local chain with several locations around the New Orleans metro area. They’ve been around since 1984 and are pretty good! In spite of the name I find they don’t really have outstanding burgers. If I want a good burger I’d head elsewhere. But I had been in the mood for fried seafood for several days so I figured I’d head over there, because that is something they do pretty good.
As far as their appetizers their Boudin Balls are pretty good. Boudin is a sausage made with rice, pork and a bunch of seasonings. Boudin balls are the stuffing taken out of the sausage and deep fried in little balls. They’re served with a remoulade type dipping sauce. The Crawfish Queso is pretty good, but don’t expect a lot of crawfish tails. In the melted cheese dip you may find 5 or 6 small crawfish tails, so basically just order that if you like tortilla chips and melted cheese. It’s not a crawfish lovers dish.
Their poboys are pretty good too. I’ve had the Shrimpzilla a couple of times. Nothing bad at all about a fried shrimp poboy with tender shredded roast beef and brown gravy on it! Their French bread is always fresh.
I decided on the Taste of New Orleans. Thin fried catfish, fried shrimp, a cup of gumbo (or soup or red beans) and garlic herb fries. The gumbo was delicious. Plenty of sausage, shrimp and chicken in it. Seasoned well and very flavorful. I always say if you order gumbo and it has tomatoes in it they don’t know what the hell they’re doing. Well, this one has a few pieces of tomato in it, but it’s still good. Too much okra can be bad too. It also has okra in it, but not too much. As far as the fries, the garlic herb stuff is a kind of butter sauce they toss the fries in. To me it doesn’t add much flavor and just make the fries greasy. I tell them leave it off. Shrimp are fried crispy and delicious. When I was younger we used to catch huge catfish off the wharves on the Mississippi River. I’m talking catfish up to 30 pounds (bigger too, but that was the biggest one I ever caught). You could slice a 4 inch thick fillet off these things if you wanted. But I always preferred my fish sliced thin and fried crispy, and that’s what they do here. It’s delicious. They have thick fried also if you want that.
If you do order a sandwich or burger it comes out plain. They have a little salad bar type area with lettuce, pickles, onions and so forth you can go to to “dress” it to your liking. You also get a FREE ice cream cone! Really good ice cream too. Not ice milk crap. The cones are small but depending on how firm the ice cream is you can fill that sucker as high as your heart desires! I normally go a little higher than the cone in the picture but the ice cream wasn’t quite firm enough. They have a sign asking you to take just one cone but there are several ways around that. Bring a little bag and a change of clothes, or a wig, or wear dark glasses when you go back. Be creative! It’s good ice cream.
2515 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA 70058
Tried their newest location in Gretna, La., in the Oakwood Shopping Mall. The service and food at this location was noticeably better! We started off with buffalo wings and the crawfish queso. The wings were delicious and the queso had a lot more crawfish tails in it than I ever got on numerous visits at their Harvey location. The crabmeat and eggplant stack, consisting of a fried crab cake, fried eggplant and fried green tomatoes all covered with a crawfish mushroom cream sauce was delicious. We also had the thin fried catfish and shrimp platter, Cowboy Burger (grilled ham, BBQ sauce, cheddar, onion rings) and The Grand Parade burger (bacon, blue cheese, red onion, BBQ sauce). All delicious. And as all their locations you get a free ice cream cone! Good ice cream, too. No ice milk crap. And the great thing about this location is if you really want to be a pig you can step inside the mall and hit the Café du Monde for beignets and café au lait!
197 Westbank Expy., Gretna, LA 70053
Hit the Oakwood Mall location for lunch today. We started off with the Crawfish Queso. Again, just think of it as cheese dip. Maybe 4 small crawfish tails in the whole dish. But the chips are always fresh and it’s pretty tasty.
We ordered BBQ wings. They come 8 to an order. The waitress came out with 4 buffalo and 4 BBQ on a plate stating there was a mix up in the kitchen so here’s 4 buffalo, and we have 4 more BBQ coming out in a minute. That’s called a “happy surprise”. I like happy surprises! And they were yummy. Fried nice and crisp and the sauces are very good.
My dining companion decided on the Bayou Pasta, and I decided on the Thick Fried Catfish Poboy. I love their Thin Fried Catfish to eat by itself, but on a sandwich I prefer thicker cut filets. I also realized I have never tried their onion rings so I ordered them instead of fries.
The Bayou Pasta has what they call a Crawfish Mushroom Cream Sauce. As with the queso, don’t expect a lot of crawfish. She said there were maybe 5 or 6 small tails in the dish. However, she said it was tasty and enjoyed it.
My poboy was great. And the onion rings would have been too if they had fried them a little longer. You can see how pale they are in the picture. Over all, a pretty good lunch.