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Mar 22, 2011 12:29 PM

Dining in Kenner

I spent a few days last week teaching in Kenner and spending the nights there. So it gave me a chance to check out a few places. I had heard that there are a few good Hispanic places and possibly one Middle Eastern but was after the "local" places as per a tourist.

My first choice would have been La Parvenu but that is no more.

Wednesday night I went to Brick Oven which had been recommended. First, there were no servers over the age of 25, possibly 20. That's not bad in and of itself but sort of puts the place in a pre-judge category. For the record the service was earnest and adequet. The wine list is very very basic. As an Italian restaurant the reds outnumbered the whites.

I had the house salad which was not impressive. Mainly for tired greens. My entree was off the Lenten menu, crab ravioli. Many years ago I had a lobster ravioli in Tampa and I've been chasing after a seafood ravioli to match it ever since. This was not it but it was OK. Nice al dente pasta.

Thursday night I went to a dinner meeting which was held at the new Zea's near Esplanade Mall. The pesto crusted trout was quite good.

Friday lunch I got out to a family seafood place, Stingray's also near the mall. While I don't usually eat soft shell crabs the po-boy called to me. Two nice medium sized crabs on crunch crust bread. Very satisfying tho the batter was a tad salty for me.

My wife joined me for dinner and we were going to Vegas Tapas but hearing of the soft shelled crab, a favorite of hers, we returned to Stingray's.

Time warp. Going into this place on a Friday evening in Lent was like walking into a place at West End, once upon a time. While the atmosphere was not old wood and screened windows, and the wait staff was a generation younger than the average age of the ladies working at Brunning's, the patrons were the same. Tables of 8-10, three generations at many tables, and even a few beer trays of boiled crawfish. No claw machine, though, or shooting range arcade game machine.

We got an order of onion rings and they were the best we've had in a long time. Thin cut and crispy. Again, the batter was a little salty for me but my wife had to add salt (normal procedure). She got soft shelled crab and I a simple broiled redfish. The fish was about the most prefectly cooked fish I've ever had in a restaurant, and I think that was just luck of the draw. It was pulled off the heat medium and when it got to me it was still hot but just losing the last bit of transparency.

For Saturday lunch I tried Come Back Inn which has a decent reputation and several locations. The hot sausage po-boy I had was good and spicy, but I'd have to try a few others before I'd make it a destination.

It is not fine dining, and small places like these can have problems with consistancy, but I'd return to Stingray's.

Come Back Inn
3826 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70065

Brick Oven Cafe
2805 Williams Blvd Ste A, Kenner, LA 70062

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  1. when I am out near the airport in NO I like to go to Harbor Seafood. Great oyster bar at a non tourist price.

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    1. re: brooky

      Glad to hear Harbor Seafood is still doing well. We have an upcoming trip to NO and I hope to make that our first stop after leaving the airport. How much are they getting for oysters these days?

    2. I recently discovered Kenner Seafood, 3140 Loyola, and it is wonderful, just like the old neighborhood seafood restaurants I remember so well from my youth. I don't have time now for a long review, but it's wonderful; check t out without fail. I had stuffed crab; delicious. Everyone at the table loved their food; the night--a birthday dinner for myself and a close friend--went smashingly.

      Kenner Seafood Restaurant
      Kenner, LA, Kenner, LA

      Kenner Seafood Restaurant & Market
      3140 Loyola Dr, Kenner, LA 70065

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      1. re: underworld gourmet

        Harbor Seafood is good, as well as Kenner Seafood. This being New Orleans I forget the full lineage, but Kenner Seafood begat Stingray and someone with long connections to both opened Pier 54 in LaPlace near the I-10 exit.

        Kenner Seafood Restaurant
        Kenner, LA, Kenner, LA

        1. re: collardman

          Pier 51 is good but I don't get fried stuff there. I love the pastas, boiled seafood and sandwiches. Hubby always gets the raw oysters.

      2. Nice review, and thanks for taking the time to post it.

        We've done the West Esplanade Come Back Inn location, but usually for fried shrimp, which have been very good - maybe within the top-20 of all time? Never branched out much, so cannot comment on the sausage po-boys.

        Really liked the "Friday evening during Lent," and can relate. My lovely young wife is a NOLA gal, and a devout Catholic, so I have spent many Lenten seasons with her, and the dietary restrictions. She refuses to believe that if I "bless" the chicken, it is as good as fish, during the "season." Somehow, her Uncle Joe got by with that...

        Glad to read of these locations, as my fav, Le Parveneu is no more, and Come Back Inn is a bit off the "beaten path," for many.



        [Edit] Not sure where the Uncle Joe's link came from, but I cannot seem to find a way to remove it. Sorry.

        Come Back Inn
        8016 W Metairie Ave, Metairie, LA 70003

        Uncle Joe's Bar
        814 N Howard Ave, Metairie, LA 70003