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Need a Spot for a Seafood Boil in August

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Hello all~Not much of a poster on this site~but sure enjoy gathering information for our future visits!
Planning a "milestone" birthday celebration in August~suprising the Birthday Boy with friends and family flying in for part of our stay!
We are staying in the Quarter and will have a full kitchen, so I know that I could pull this off by ordering from Big Fisherman a huge feast and having a "house party" but~
I would rather find a spot~casual, friendly, neighborhood "joint" , and with live music that would set us up with the "works"~Just in case I am not using the right term-the all in one pot with shrimp, crawfish,potatoes,corn , sausage-and "dumped" on the table meal!
I'm thinking some great bread, and cold beer would just put this over the top!
We will have 8 adults, 2 children-ages 11 and 12 ~and I know from other forums that if there are gaming machines, children are not allowed- It would have to be a place that is "kid friendly"
We will have a driver for the evening, so location is not a really big deal! Finding the right venue is more important than location.
Any spots like this, (even if I can't pull of the "Boil" ) your recommendations would be welcome!
Thanks so much, Cheers!

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  1. Crawfish won't be in season in August

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    1. re: roro1831

      This from NOLA.com, during 1973 the crawfish were everwhere after the water began to drop, and there is hope of a season into August. There are always blue crabs, which I like equally well, although some say they are too much "work", but not for me.

      http://www.nola.com/environment/index...

    2. The gaming machines is actually a non-issue. In most places, they are partitioned off in plywood alcoves. Depending on your level of intrepidness I present three places:
      1. Deanie's in the French Quarter (not the listing that pops up via chow)
      2. Zeke's in Old Metairie, recently featured on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. My room mate has gone to weekly business meetings there for over two years and all that was shown was true. We got to go the relauch, and even though we ended up on the cutting room floor, the place has remained transformed. Chef Ramsay had them build a boiling room that looks over the dining room.
      3. My next suggestion is Sal's on Barataria Blvd. in the West Bank suburb of Marrero. All locals, minimal decor, and a truly great experience IMO.

      50 is big; I hope you can find a place that makes y'all happy.

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      Deanie's Restaurant
      7350 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126

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      1. re: marthasway

        Martha, Really appreciate your response! Sal's looks like it fits the criteria perfectly! Cheers!

      2. for boiled seafood, I go to The Galley on Met. Rd.
        Southport Hall and Rivershack Tavern have done boils for both private and public consumption.

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        Galley Seafood Restaurant
        2535 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001

        Rivershack Tavern
        3449 River Rd, Jefferson, LA

        Southport Hall & Deck
        200 Monticello Ave, New Orleans, LA 70121

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        1. re: edible complex

          EC, Happy to see your posts~ We have used your "rec's" before and were sure glad we did!
          Perino's really looks perfect! Maybe we'll do a "boil crawl"! Yet another case of too many places too little time!
          Any other rec's for local,casual, fun and funky places that just happen to serve some great food and strong drinks, would love to know about them! oh, and with live music, all the better! Cheers!

        2. I would think many small seafood restaurants could work up something for you with advanced planning. Ten people is a normal family table on a Friday night during Lent.

          The coolest venue mentioned so far is River Shack.

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          1. re: collardman

            Thanks so much C Man, I had River Shack on my short list, just because it looked like a funky, fun place to go~that's one of the Birthday Boy's requests: No white tablecloth places, just great local hangouts with a fun casual vibe!
            Sure appreciate your input, and if you have any more places , not for the "Boil" but just great food places that fit his criteria, would love to hear from you! Cheers! Oh, and Live Music puts it on the short short list!!

            1. re: cheerstonola

              Rivershack has live music; check their website for listings. for good casual, Katie's on Iberville and Crescent Pie on Banks.
              for music, Mid-City Rock n Bowl, and you can eat at Ye Olde College Inn next door. or inf in town on a Sunday, check out Bacchanal for music and guests chefs (from some of the finest in the city).

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              Ye Olde College Inn
              3000 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

              Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits
              600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA

          2. forgot about Perino's Boiling Pot on the westbank and the Crab Trap off Peavine Rd towards LaPlace.

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            Perino's Boiling Pot II
            3754 Westbank Expy, Harvey, LA 70058

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            1. re: edible complex

              Just a little FYI, the Crab Trap has new owners but the Louie told them if they change anything at all bad things will happen. LOL. So far so good.