Deanie's Seafood, New Orleans
We were originally drawn here by great photos of shellfish piled up nice and high (841 Iberville Street, 504-581-1316, with the original location out in Metairie). So I was a bit bummed upon arrival tonight to find that boiled crawfish was still out of season, thus forcing me to settle for the "barbecue shrimp." As I later learned, this local dish wasn't really barbecued, but rather sitting in a pan loaded with spices and a red-colored oil.
It came complete with two super light baguette loaves that you could dip into that tasty oil, a bit like that Killer Shrimp place back in Southern California (man, if all bread were as light as this French stuff, then I'd be eating a lot more bread than I do today). All of this was fine and dandy except for one huge problem: the shrimp were disappointingly powdery. This was very odd considering that these guys seem to specialize in fresh shellfish (and indeed, the fried shrimp platter that we also got was much fresher...with a great light batter, BTW). So I don't know if I just hit a bad batch tonight or something.
Well, one interesting thing about this place was the free boiled potatoes that were provided at the start of the meal instead of the typical bread basket. You can butter them up if you'd like, but they are also already lightly seasoned with a hint of chili powder, which was a pleasant surprise. I guess I'm not getting any big piles of boiled crawfish on this trip though...what a bummer.