by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain
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Discoveries in Culinary Delights...
After a short wait in line, we were seated at Deanie's Seafood restaurant in the Quarter at 821 Iberville St. at Dauphine, New Orleans. The server was at our table immediately to take our drink order and serve us the restaurants trademark complimentary spicy potatoes [boiled in crabboil].
Although there are many excellent choices for appetizers, the fried artichoke hearts ($5.95) and oysters on the half shell ($7.95 a doz.) are our favorites. The crisp artichoke hearts are coated in a light deliciously seasoned batter and then served with shaved parmesan. The oysters were shucked fresh, served ice cold, with both horseradish and ketchup. Tonight the oysters were exceedingly tasty.
It is always difficult to choose an entree here. However, tonight it would be the crabmeat au gratin ($16.95) and half seafood platter ($17.95). The fresh jumbo lump crabmeat is divine baked in a creamy blend of four cheeses with Louisiana seasonings, one of the best au gratin's we've ever had. This entree was also served with fresh salad and French bread.
It was our first time to order the half seafood platter. We had previously shared the giant seafood platter ($34.95) which proved to be way too much. The half serving was huge as well. It came with fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, a softshell crab and crawfish dressing balls.
In many restaurants, platters of this sort, the various seafood are all fried the same length of time. Here, the chef's have mastered the art, serving the shrimp and catfish crisp, while the oysters are dropped and pulled right up keeping them tender and juicy. Although all of the seafood was seasoned, the softshell crab almost stole the show. It was slightly spicy and every morsel was a culinary explosion.
Call 581.1316 or visit deanies.com for more info.
Ambush Restaurant Guide
Lafayette, LA 
Gabriel's Restaurant & Bar, 100 North Main St., St. Martinville, specializes and Cajun & Creole specialties. Call 384.4446 for info.
Metairie, LA 
MASQUERADES LOUNGE & TWO JOKERS GRILL, 3505 Division St., Bar: 888.4101, Grill: 454.5101
New Orleans, LA 
Armstrong Cafe & Bar, 822 N. Rampart St., serves an eclectic mix of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, baskets and desserts. For more information or take-out orders, call 525.3533.
Belle Forche’ Criolle Restaurant & Bar, 1407 Decatur St. serves an interesting array of local favorites with a twist as well as other interesting creations. Open Tues.-Sun. 5:30-10:30pm with late night dining Thurs.-Sat til 2:30am, and Sun. Brunch 11:30am-2:30pm, call 940.0722 or visit belleforche.com for more info.
The Bombay Club Restaurant & Martini Bistro, 830 Conti St. in the Prince Conti Hotel, serves gourmet fare including seafood and steaks. This eatery also serves a late night menu from 10:30pm-1:30am featuring gourmet pizza, sandwiches and omelets. It’s open 7 days serving cocktails and dinner. Valet parking is available. For reservations call 586.0972 or visit thebombayclub.com.
Bywater Bar.B.Que/Lorenzo’s, 3162 Dauphine, offers indoor or patio dining and delivery in the nearby area. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the restaurant is open 7 days, 6am-10pm Mon.-Fri. and 11am-10pm Sat. and Sun. Call 944.4445, 947.0000 or visit bywaterbarbque.com for more info.
Cafe Marigny, A Coffee House, 1913 Royal St., serves up gourmet coffee, pastries, deli-style sandwiches, salads, homemade pasta salads, desserts and more. Open Mon.-Sat. 7am-10pm, Sun. 8am-10pm, 945.2716.
Cafe Negril, Jamican Food & Exotic Drinks, 606 Frenchmen St., is New Orleans’ most exclusive Caribbean Restaurant. Open Tues.-Fri. lunch 11am-3pm & dinner 6-11pm, Sat. dinner 6pm til, 944.4744, cafenegril.com.
Deanie’s Seafood, The Taste of Bucktown, 841 Iberville St. at Dauphine in the French Quarter is open Sun.-Thurs., 11am-10pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am-11pm. This eatery serves lunch specials Mon.-Fri., 11am-3pm, except holidays. Call 581.1316 or visit deanies.com for more info.
Fiorella’s is noted for casual dining in the Quarter by the famous French Market. Patrons can enter from 45 French Market Place or 1136 Decatur St. This eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open Sun.-Wed. 7am-midnight and Thurs.-Sat. 7am-2am. For info. or to place a to go order, call 528.9566.
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., is famous for soulful dining and Sunday Gospel Brunch w/great entertainment. Hours: 11:30am-11pm Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 am-midnight Fri. & Sat., 12pm-11pm Sun. Late night dining available. Reservations 529.2624.
Jack Dempsey’s Restaurant, 738 Poland Ave., specializes in seafood and steak dinners. Seafood is served fried, broiled or steamed. The restaurant is open for lunch Tues.-Fri. 11am-1:30pm and for dinner Wed.-Thurs., 5-8:30pm, Fri., 5-9:30pm & Sat., 4-9:30pm. Call 943.9914 for more info.
Kelsey’s Restaurant, 3923 Magazine, boasts a menu full of orgasmic culinary ecstacy along with some old favorites. Serving lunch Tues.-Sat. 11:30am-2pm and dinner Tues.-Sat. 5:30-10pm & Sun. Brunch 10am-2:30pm, reservations are accepted at 897.6722.
Krystal, 116 Bourbon St., one of the best in the chain, offers in-house dining and delivery in the Quarter and CBD. Open 24 hours, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call 523.7777 for delivery. Their party packs are great for any occasion.
Lakeview Fine Foods features fabulous food and champagne for fabulous parties as well as additional catering specialties. Visit 801 Harrison Ave. or call 482.7333.
The Marigny Brasserie, 640 Frenchmen, boasts cocktails and fine dining in a casual yet elegant atmosphere with the longest Happy Hour in town. With many specialties served here, you’ll want to try the crawfish ravioli, tuna Napoleon or rack of lamb. Open for lunch Mon.-Fri. 11:30am-3pm, dinner Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-10pm & Fri.-Sat. 5:30pm-1am, Sun. brunch 10:30am-3pm with Bloody Mary Bar, 945.4472.
Petunias, a Restaurant, 817 St. Louis St., serves Cajun, Creole, crepes and cocktails. Open 7 days, breakfast/lunch is served 8am-3pm and dinner 3-11pm. For evening reservations, call 522.6440 or visit petuniasrestaurant.com for more info.
Quartermaster: The Nellie Deli, 1100 Bourbon St. is open 24 hours/7 days. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and a late night snack menu, the deli offers free delivery. Call 529.1416 to order.
Quarter Scene, 900 Rue Dumaine, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was voted "best casual breakfast in the Quarter" in a recent Zagat Survey. Open daily, hours include 8am-2pm & 5:30-10pm, Mon.-Fri., and 8am-10pm, Sat. & Sun. For more info., call 522.6533 or visit quarterscene.com.
Royal Blend Coffee & Tea, 621 Royal St., 523.2716, is open 6:30am til late night daily serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. It’s noted for its wonderful expresso/cappuccino and both hot and cold coffees and teas. Other locations include 222 Carondelet and 204 Metairie Rd.
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