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Oct 30, 2009 06:26 AM

Crab/Shrimp Boil on newspaper table topper?

Are there restaurants in New Orleans where you can have crab/shrimp/crawfish with corn and potatoes dumped out in front of you on newspaper like an authentic seafood boil?

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  1. Why is the newspaper important? It's not like it adds to the taste.

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      Newspaper - not important - I was just speaking to the casualness of the experience, that's all.

      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        Doesn't it get ink on you food??

        Or are those "Essential inks" as Principal Skinner suggests??


      2. Galley and R&O have boiled seafood and the sides. No newspaper though.
        Can't remember if Franky and Johnny's does any paper.

        I only use newspaper at home, if at all. Agree the newspaper adds nothing to the boil.

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        1. re: edible complex

          Frank & Johnny;s does not use paper. Typically the seafood is brought in one of those round plastic beer trays. Denaie's does the same as well.
          Most places when they do a crawfish boil where they charge an all you can eat price, will serve the crawfish to you. The old brew pub on carrollton next to Wit's Inn would pour them out on one central table or put them in a pirogue and you could serve yourself .
          I know during crawfish season, Carrollton station will dump them out on tables in the backyard and you stand and eat.

          1. re: roro1831

            yes there is!

            head to sal's seafood on barataria blvd on the west bank.

            they dump seafood out on newspapers, it is casual and it is great. good oysters, crab, shrimp, crawfish (when in season), crab dip (goes great on boiled potato's)

            go to westbank, drive all the way over big bridge, go all the way down, get off on barataria, keep driving (it's not first exit eventhough it says barataria) take left on barataria, big building that clearly says sal's seafood on right hand side.

            it is a real experience.

            Sal's Seafood
            1512 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA

        2. The OP has already been through NOLA, I assume, but I was just there and stumbled upon a "real" crawfish boil (though it was shrimp, because of the cold-weather shortage) at the Maple Leaf Bar uptown. A guy comes in and does it every Sunday night around 9pm. $8 gets you the grub plus music for the night. An amazing experience--they don't even use newspaper there, just a plastic table!