I spent a few days last week teaching in Kenner and spending the nights there. So it gave me a chance to check out a few places. I had heard that there are a few good Hispanic places and possibly one Middle Eastern but was after the "local" places as per a tourist.
My first choice would have been La Parvenu but that is no more.
Wednesday night I went to Brick Oven which had been recommended. First, there were no servers over the age of 25, possibly 20. That's not bad in and of itself but sort of puts the place in a pre-judge category. For the record the service was earnest and adequet. The wine list is very very basic. As an Italian restaurant the reds outnumbered the whites.
I had the house salad which was not impressive. Mainly for tired greens. My entree was off the Lenten menu, crab ravioli. Many years ago I had a lobster ravioli in Tampa and I've been chasing after a seafood ravioli to match it ever since. This was not it but it was OK. Nice al dente pasta.
Thursday night I went to a dinner meeting which was held at the new Zea's near Esplanade Mall. The pesto crusted trout was quite good.
Friday lunch I got out to a family seafood place, Stingray's also near the mall. While I don't usually eat soft shell crabs the po-boy called to me. Two nice medium sized crabs on crunch crust bread. Very satisfying tho the batter was a tad salty for me.
My wife joined me for dinner and we were going to Vegas Tapas but hearing of the soft shelled crab, a favorite of hers, we returned to Stingray's.
Time warp. Going into this place on a Friday evening in Lent was like walking into a place at West End, once upon a time. While the atmosphere was not old wood and screened windows, and the wait staff was a generation younger than the average age of the ladies working at Brunning's, the patrons were the same. Tables of 8-10, three generations at many tables, and even a few beer trays of boiled crawfish. No claw machine, though, or shooting range arcade game machine.
We got an order of onion rings and they were the best we've had in a long time. Thin cut and crispy. Again, the batter was a little salty for me but my wife had to add salt (normal procedure). She got soft shelled crab and I a simple broiled redfish. The fish was about the most prefectly cooked fish I've ever had in a restaurant, and I think that was just luck of the draw. It was pulled off the heat medium and when it got to me it was still hot but just losing the last bit of transparency.
For Saturday lunch I tried Come Back Inn which has a decent reputation and several locations. The hot sausage po-boy I had was good and spicy, but I'd have to try a few others before I'd make it a destination.
It is not fine dining, and small places like these can have problems with consistancy, but I'd return to Stingray's.
Come Back Inn
3826 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70065
Brick Oven Cafe
2805 Williams Blvd Ste A, Kenner, LA 70062