Just returned from a two-day visit. Love the city. On Tuesday afternoon we arrived at Papa's Bar & Grill (604/8 Front St., 318-356-5850) to find the kitchen closed for a tornado watch. It opened after 20 minutes and we enjoyed "Cajun toothpicks", thin strips of onions and jalepenos battered and fried, a ribeye steak (just fine) and Bayou Catfish -- fried catfish with spicy crawfish creole sauce. This was great. The deep fried rolls that came with the entrees were addictive; we ordered 4 to go and had them for breakfast. I got a coconut cream pie to go -- I do NOT recommend it.
On Wednesday night we had dinner at Mariners Restaurant (5948 Hwy 1 North Bypass, 318-357-1220). This is on Lake Silbey and would be a great place to see the sunset. I had the "Bourbon Street" -- blackened talipia topped with shrimp, crabmeat and hollandaise sauce. The talipia was fantastic, but the crabmeat was tasteless and the hollandaise wasn't great. My husband had the crabmeat and corn chowder (he couldn't taste the crab in this, either) and the Stuffed Cajun Catfish. He liked it but said that Papa's version was better.