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Birthday Weekend in Biloxi

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My boyfriend and I are escaping New Orleans during the first weekend of Jazz Fest to spend the weekend at Beau Rivage. I've been doing a little Chowhound research to try and figure out if we should venture outside of the casino for meals and the most recent information I can find is about 6 months old.

We'll eat breakfast in New Orleans (Cafe Adelaide if it matters) with my family on Saturday morning and then head out to Biloxi. We'll only be there until Monday morning - and I plan to attempt Ship Island on Sunday so I'm thinking two dinners??? From my reading I've got it narrowed down to Steve's Marina, Half Shell Oyster House or Blow Fly Inn, any others that should be more highly considered? I also saw a few recommendations for BR Prime (the steakhouse) at the casino...anything else worth considering at Beau Rivage? The menu for Memphis Q seems potentially promising - any experiences? I thought about The Shed, but I'm a little hesitant because we are African American and one of my students recently had a bad experience with discrimination at a nearby establishment (so I guess it would be helpful to know if we might be less than welcomed at one of the others I'm considering too.)

It seems that this board is pretty quiet, so I'm hoping I get some responses...google searching isn't turning up anything recent either!

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  1. Half Shell would be my suggestion. Back Bay is a lot of fun too. If you want something nice go to Mary Mahoney's. You can walk there from BR. Racial discrimination is just about non existent in MS now days. You won't see it in the better places. Enjoy your visit.

    http://www.backbayseafoodrestaurant.com/

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    1. re: Littleman

      Thanks, I will definitely consider Back Bay!

      Sadly the event with my student was just a couple of months ago in Ocean Springs - she was very surprised to experience discrimination in 2012 (the restaurant refused to serve her)...if I had not just heard of her experience I probably would not have considered it as an issue one way or the other.

      1. re: NOLAdy

        Would it be possible to share the name of the place? I'm pretty sure that we don't want to go there, but we do frequently go to Ocean Springs...

    2. Trapani's just reopened at their old location on the beach at Bay St. Louis which was destroyed by K. There's an outdoor deck and music. Their seafood is outstanding.

      http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/159/95105...

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      1. re: Littleman

        Wow, great to hear about Trapani's! Pre-K it was my favorite place on the Coast- the fried green tomato appetizer is to die for! I can't even imagine any discrimination anywhere on the Coast in this day and time, but people surprise me every day!

      2. Ok, we were in Gulfport this weekend and ate at the White Cap. Probably the best fried oysters I have ever eaten anywhere! Very lightly floured and flash fried fresh. Had been to a crawfish boil earlier in the day and wasn't even really hungry- but my wife and I split a dozen raw (also perfect) and I cleaned my plate of the fried. She said the gumbo was great too, and it must have been because she wouldn't let me have any...