Here Fishy, Fishy...
I need a seafood recommendation for a beginner, preferably Uptown, Garden District, FQ. I know this may sound silly, but you gotta start somewhere and nobody wants to plunk right in the middle of the most fishiest fish (oh, the grammar horror) when you need baby steps. So, please tell me, especially if you learned to love seafood and where to begin here in NOLA.
Yes, GW Fins, on Bienville between Bourbon and Dauphine. Best item on the menu are the wood-grilled scallops with mushroom risotto. But if they happen to have Blue Fin Tuna as a special, order that.
The tuna dish at Rio Mar is one of my fav dishes in town. GW fins is excellent, too, and they've got a wide range of fish. You might also like trout amondine or menieure at Mandina's. For the be all end all of fried fish head to Middendorf's. It's in Manchac, but the thin-fried catfish is something to behold.
Are you okay with fried stuff? I think that fried (fish, oysters, softshelled crab) is your best "soft entry" to seafood. It's crunchy goodness....who doesn't like crunchy goodness? And you can't really see it beneath all the batter/coating, so that's another potential plus for the fish-frightened. Baby steps...start with fried catfish. Minnie's Catfish Corner, mid-city.
Minnie Catfish Corner
3735 Ulloa St, New Orleans, LA 70119