I inadvertently found myself downtown last night for dinner. After much discussion about where we could get a table in a fairly timely manner, we settled on Muriel's. Though there was a 1.5 hour wait for the dining room, we were seated in the bar area in about 20 minutes. The space, though large, is broken up into rooms so it doesn't feel like a warehouse. I liked the ambience, they seem to be going for an old new orleans-y wrought iron/pictures of saints sort of vibe. It worked for me.
Our table of 4 ordered wood-smoked bbq shrimp, grilled redfish, pecan puppy drum, and scallops. Also had the turtle soup and the gumbo. They were all very good, my shrimp tasted grilled, with a very rich buttery sauce. The scallops were the best. Both fish dishes were well done, good texture and flavor. The turtle soup was good and the gumbo (okra seafood) was very good. Pain perdu bread pudding was bread pudding made in a loaf pan, sliced like bread, and prepared like pain perdu, I thought it was a great bread pudding treatment. And no banana in it, thank goodness. We also had a chocolate something or other that was very rich. Amazingly, I preferred the bread pudding.
The prices were very reasonable. 2 of us got the 3 course table d'hote, all the choices were between 23 and 28 or so. I wouldn't put it in my top 10, but it's a good choice for a nice, midlevel meal in the quarter.