Had another wonderful boiled seafood dinner that deserves praise. Richard's is one of many seafood patios in the cajun neck of the woods, this one just half a mile from the bridge in "downtown" Abbeville. My buddies and I like it b/c it has the down home atmosphere of an older established place - all made of corrugated tin kind of like the cannery in Monterey, CA. The menu has boiled crawfish, boiled shrimp, and crabs in the warmer season. Also a regular menu with poboys and seafood platters. The smoked oysters appetizer is so good my table went right for it and didn't get any fried oysters which looked wonderful as they sailed past toward other tables. The crawfish were juicy and well seasoned. The restaurant has a crawfish serving platter that they should get a patent on. As you eat and place the empty peelings on one side you can swing a partition around to keep the peelings from mingling with unpeeled crawfish. MMMMM - glad it's crawfish season again. The owner even said if the weather warms up they will be getting bigger crustacions - as though these weren't big already.
Had to get the word out for straggling tourists seeing the rest of the state now that Mardi Gras is over. Don't forget that southwest Louisiana has food and sights to brag about.