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Big Al's comes to town

Hungry Celeste | Jan 9, 200810:40 AM

Just read in Gambit that Big Al's opened up where Fire used to be:
From Fire to Boil
A Houma-based seafood supplier and restaurateur has opened a new spot for boiled and fried seafood and other south Louisiana favorites in the Lower Garden District. Big Al's Seafood (1377 Annunciation St., 265-0324) opened just before Christmas in the historic firehouse building that previously had been home to Fire!, a California-style restaurant that relocated to Florida earlier in 2007. As at its original Houma location (1226 Grand Caillou Rd., Houma, 985-876-7942), the new Big Al's serves items like frog legs and alligator alongside more typical seafood offerings, plus raw and chargrilled oysters. Big Al's is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Haven't been to this location yet, but both Houma locations serve straight-ahead boiled and fried seafood. No frills, no pretensions, just impeccably fresh seafood at a good price. I'm also partial to the sinks in the dining room of the Houma locations--a measure of a serious boiled seafood joint. We'll have to see if this newest version upholds the back-to-basics tradition of the others....any reports out there?

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