Wife and I were married in New Orleans in 2/05, so admittedly, we have a soft spot for the place and all things related to it.
That said, we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch today at Crustaceans in Deep Ellum, as did our locally-based relatives. The welcome and service couldn't be warmer and more accomodating, if not the smoothest around. The patio seating option in the back is a great idea and was much enjoyed until forced indoors by thunderstorms.
Clear standouts were the smothered okra and fried chicken accompanying it and the crab corn chowder, as well as strong versions of Gumbo, Etouffee, and Shrimp Creole. The fried shrimp was also notable, as was the alligator. The french fries are previously frozen and really average.
Everyone but me (based on my general aversion to microwave desserts integrating cinnamon, raisins, and really obvious microwave reheating) loved the warm bread pudding with a sticky sweet bourbon sauce. I don't like Cinnabons either...go figure.
Portions are adequate, but small relative to the prices. A nice touch was the complimentary beer/wine spending licensure (with unsolicited refill).
We will definitely be back during peak oyster/crayfish season (boils on the patio are envisioned) and for more of the fried chicken, as well as to enjoy the gracious service.
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