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Seafood outside of Nawlins

Anyone have a recommndation for a smallish, very traditional little seafood place outside of the New Orleans metro area...someplace only a local would know?

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  1. Vera's accross the lake in Slidell.

    1. Middendorf's in Manchac.

      1. The Crab Trap in Frenier (LaPlace).

        1. Don't know how far you're looking to go, but you can check out our map at


          with suggestions from Chowhounders that were made on this board.

          Outside of the NO metro area, Houma (about 1 hour southwest) would have the highest concentration of non-touristy excellent seafood joints, but there are several others that are closer (Middendorf's, Spahr's, etc.) and Galley Seafood in Metairie might even qualify for what you're looking for.


          1. Leeville Restaurant, Leeville, LA. Still serves Cokes in little green bottles, too.

            1. Living as I do in Houma, I would GLADLY drive to The Seafood Pot in New Sarpy (Destrehan - it's about 15-20 minutes from the NO airport ) on River Road any day of the week to get away from the barrage of over fried fare that passes for seafood in this town.

              The Seafood Pot is small, clean and tidy, the folks are friendly and they offer a great choice of items, fried or boiled. Take home some Shrimp Dip or Corn & Crab soup - you won't be disappointed.

              No offense to Cajun Foodie, but you're hungry and nearing Houma, keep driving.

              11 Replies
              1. re: serich

                Aww come on. There's good places to eat in houma. 1921, big al's, la casa, french loaf, christiano's, west main pizza, lots of sushi places ... just to name a few.

                1. re: N.O.Food

                  @N.O. Food - I take it you don't live down here! LOL!!

                  I wanna be a lover not a fighter, but it is hard to find a clean restaurant, good service and good/authentic food all in one location. It really shouldn't be that hard but some reason, it is!

                  Makes me very sad but it's good for the waistline! :-)

                  1. re: serich

                    In laws are there and lived there for a year after K. What's wrong with the places I listed? Hey, don't you live in Houston?

                    1. re: N.O.Food


                      Nope, no mas Houston. Moved here in January - had previously commented on an old thread about recs for Houma & was excited to see that there were some places to try.

                      The only place I haven't tried that you listed is West Main Pizza. Am wanting to give the Mex a try at Los Potosinos.

                      Such beautiful seafood down here - why does almost everything need to be fried including almost all of the sushi? With SIDES of spicy mayo? WTHeck?

                      Give me a beautiful piece of fish, no sauce, pan sauteed or grilled with some fresh veggies or a baked potato - heaven! Point me in the direction of that and you'll have a convert - :-)

                      1. re: serich

                        Yeah, I didn't say there wasn't a bunch of fried stuff. That's why there's a lot of fat folks in houma. That doesn't mean the food isn't good. There's also lots of boiled seafood. What about the new place downtown on hwy 24 right before you go over the bridge? I haven't tried it yet, but it looks nice.

                        Unfortunately, if you're looking for "fish, no sauce, pan sauteed or grilled with some fresh veggies or a baked potato" you've moved to the wrong part of the world.

                2. re: serich

                  Born and raised in Thibodaux (down the road from Houma) and I would put Houma and its surroundings higher in the "more good seafood restaurants per capita" category than any other place along I-10. While a lot of it is fried (who has a problem with fried food?), the boiled versions are great too.

                  My ratings are a bit skewed though, as pretty much nothing else counts but the quality of the food in my view. As a former service industry guy, I overlook all but the most atrocious service and have seen many a kitchen that is...well... Let's just say that long as they are not cleaning the grills with ditch water or something of that nature, you're pretty much good in my book.

                  West Main pizza (taco pizza or supreme) is out of this world too.

                  Lastly, I may be very wrong on this, but I believe The Seafood Pot is gone. No phone calls answered (just tried), website is down, and only chatter online about the place is pre-K. I would love to try the place if someone tells me my senses are wrong though!


                      1. re: thecajunfoodie

                        @NO Foodie - what's the place on 24 - am curious. And you can't even throw me some hope with telling me about a place that serves a decent fish with a meuniere sauce, sides be damned? I refuse to give up hope.

                        The food is excellent, Cajunfoodie, at The Seafood Pot. Ate there just a week ago and if you called during Lent, that may have been the case for the phone not being answered - they were busy, busy, busy. You might have a different one in mind as they do not have a website.

                        I don't think I ask a lot for one joint - just clean table, good service and an offering of food that isn't all completely fried.

                        Again, the seafood is here in this part of the world is out of this world - show it off a little in its natural glory!

                        Cleanliness is as cleanliness does and if what's in the dining room is yucky, I don't even want to see the kitchen. It's a problem for all restaurants, upper end and your diner down the street, no doubt. I don't like my utensils sticking to the table or having to read the menu through dried remoulade sauce.

                        Am looking forward to seeing and eating some fresh, local, natural goodness - am eating my way towards that goal!!

                        1. re: serich

                          I think the name is Cafe Dominique. It's right on Main St. close to the Fakier jewelers on the left before you go over the bridge. Never been and don't know anyone who has. It just opened. Cafe Milano is right around there, too, and it's pretty good. I can't believe Cristiano's didn't have anything to your liking.

                          Houston definitely has more options than Houma so you'll just have to look around. Good luck.

                          1. re: N.O.Food

                            Just for clarification, I didn't say I didn't like the food at Cristiano's - I had a small list of 3 basics I want from a restaurant & I just haven't found one that had all three at the same time here in Houma yet.

                            Have you ever eaten at their NO place, Cafe Martinique?

                            I know exactly where you're talking about now. Cafe Dominique is on the list to eat at - I don't know if they are certified green/organic but they are trying to go that route.