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Royal Red Shrimp, Can I Find It?

Fireswan Aug 15, 2008 03:48 PM

Does anyone know if I can buy Royal Red Shrimp off the boats in New Orleans? I'm taking a trip down there soon and I'd hate to have to detour 300 miles to Gulf Shores, AL to get some. But I would if I have to. It's the best, sweetest, tenderest shrimp you ever put in your mouth.

  1. k
    KLN May 3, 2009 10:39 AM

    The best place to buy Royal Reds is in a small family owned seafood shop located in Bon Secour, AL. They have great prices and quality seaood. They have their own boats that catch the reds, individually flash freeze them fresh out of the water to assure freshness and quality. If you can't make it to Bon Secour ask the local retailers along the Gulf Coast if they carry Aquila Brand Reds.
    Aquila Seafood located at 17309 River Road, Bon Secour, AL 36511

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      powderhound Aug 16, 2008 05:17 AM

      When a road trip to Gulf Shores is out of the question, I order Royal Reds from Joe Patti's:

      I have ordered from them several times and have been unreasonably pleased! Fast shipping, exceptional customer service...and, oh yeah, sweet, sweet royal reds on my own deck!

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      1. re: powderhound
        Suzy Wong Aug 16, 2008 04:46 PM

        I went to Reds and Ribs? in Orange Beach AL last week. Service was prompt and friendly. The Fried mushrooms were fresh and very well done. The shrimp WERE THE WORST I HAD IN MY LIFE. They must have been cooked/steamed and flogged for hours. Once I opened the shell, it had shriveled to half the size of the shell itself, and the shrimp crumbled apart in my hands.

        1. re: Suzy Wong
          Bill Hunt Aug 17, 2008 07:56 PM

          That is horrible news. It was just pre-K, that we were last there and both the reds, and the ribs, were good. I guess that it is just a matter of time, before a restaurant begins to believe its press and goes sharply downhill.

          Still, Royal Reds are second-fiddle to me, but the OP was looking for them.

          Thanks for the update, sorry that it was a bad experience,


          1. re: Bill Hunt
            Gypsyfish Aug 19, 2008 06:54 AM

            I thought the OP wanted to buy the shrimp in bulk to take home. We hit a seafood market on the way out of NO last time- so that would be on the north side- where we bought crawfish and shrimp. They packaged them for the trip home. I don't remember the name of the place, but Googling should turn it up. Can't promise Ruby Reds, but the white shrimp are good, too.

        2. re: powderhound
          mutti Jul 6, 2009 12:49 PM

          I just received my order from Joe Pattis of my Royal Red shrimp plus some oysters,I totally agree with you everything was packaged perfectly,this was my first time ordering from them ,and it won't be the last.
          One question though has anyone ever tried to fry them?????

        3. d
          drwebre Aug 16, 2008 05:13 AM

          I tried to find the name. I thought it was Northshore Seafood but the map shows it way down 22 near Beau Chene. Maybe they moved.

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          1. re: drwebre
            BayouEgger Jul 7, 2009 08:17 AM

            They have not moved, It is Northshore Seafood. The phone number is 985-626-7752. The guy that owns it name is "Stretch", super nice guy! I haven't noticed any Reds there lately, might be out of season?

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            drwebre Aug 16, 2008 05:02 AM

            There is a little seafood place in Mandeville on Hwy 22 as you head to Madisonville off Causeway. It is at the northwest corner of that intersection at the junction with the service road. They have them sometimes and get them from FL. I've looked a lot and this is the only place around here I've found. I'll see if I can find the name and number.

            1. Bill Hunt Aug 15, 2008 08:05 PM

              I think you'll have to plan a trip to the AL/FL area for "royal reds." About Ft. Morgan, AL, there are several good family restaurants that offer them, in season. In Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, there is/was a place called "Reds and Ribs." It's a nice casual place that features both. and did a great job.

              However, I'm with HC. I am much more a fan of LA white shrimp. Reds are good, but well done, fresh LA whites are divine.


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                Hungry Celeste Aug 15, 2008 06:17 PM

                It is white shrimp season here in LA...fine eating, even by the measure of royal reds.

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