Boomtown Bayou Market Buffet, Harvey, LA Report #121


I feel like my culinary standards are really dropping.  Yesterday I ended up at a Chinese buffet (Report #119) and today I end up at a casino buffet!  In fact, I wasn’t even going to do a report on it UNTIL I had the bread pudding.  I instantly realized I had to let the entire WORLD know about it!

Located on the scenic banks of the Harvey Canal (That’s a joke), you’ll find Boomtown Casino.  If you want to do a little gambling and head into the casino, it’s actually on an old, paddle wheel type riverboat.  That’s because when they first legalized casino gambling in Louisiana land based casinos (Except one in New Orleans), weren’t allowed.  So they started putting casinos on riverboats so technically they weren’t land based.  But then they were only allowed to stay dockside for so long and had to sail.  So if you were on the boat and had lost all your money and wanted to leave, you were trapped if you didn’t feel like swimming for it.  Finally the politicians realized how silly all this was and how much money they were potentially losing, so the boats don’t sail anymore.

Back to the bread pudding.  The first food picture above is the pan of bread pudding.   Again, I wasn’t going to bother with a report until the end of my meal when I hit the dessert station and got some bread pudding.  I love bread pudding.  Dessert wise I live for bread pudding, and last night at a very nice Italian restaurant (Report #120) I had a bad bread pudding experience.  It made me sad.  I shed a tear.

THIS bread pudding was everything bread pudding should be!  So nice and creamy you’d never know it used to be bread!  Not too sweet.  The perfect amount of cinnamon and nutmeg, and swimming in a rum, bourbon, or whatever kind of sauce.  And most importantly NO DAMN RAISINS!!!  I was in heaven.  If I knew the bread pudding was this good I would have eaten one less cup of gumbo and crawfish etouffee to save more room for it.  Or maybe eaten an entire meal of just bread pudding!  Tomorrow’s Monday and I’ll be back in the gym working it off so, why not?

Another good thing about this buffet is they serve seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee and red beans and rice.  Three things I love that you’d pay a bunch for ordering separately at a restaurant.  And they are all very good.  The fried chicken and fried shrimp are also good.  There’s a sausage station with andouille, green onion and alligator sausage served up next to a big vat of brown mustard.  I tried the alligator and green onion, both of which tasted like they had been grilled over a charcoal fire.  Delicious.

So if you’re in the mood for some gambling and a pretty good buffet with a lot of southern favorites, cross the bridge over the Mississippi River in New Orleans and head to Harvey, LA.  I recommend it.

4132 Peters Rd., Harvey, LA  70058  Ph: 504-366-7711

Blaine 7-29-2018


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