Ah, Metairie - a vibrant, cultural gem tucked away just outside of the bustling city of New Orleans.
I've called this place home for years, and what a culinary journey it has been!
Our restaurants are a melting pot of flavors, boasting a rich culinary heritage that blends traditional Southern fare with a twist of Creole and Cajun.
Whether you're in the mood for a succulent steak, a fresh seafood platter, or some spicy gumbo, this community has a dining spot for you.
Let’s embark on this delicious journey as I share the best things to do in Metairie, Louisiana.
Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself
Did you know that heaven could exist right here on Earth?
It does, and it's tucked away in a corner of our community at Parish Grill.
The moment you step in, you're greeted by the warmest smiles that feel like a hug and the tantalizing aroma of food that has been lovingly prepared.
My journey of culinary delight started with Boudin Egg Rolls, served hot with a tangy Jalapeno Ranch and Green Onions.
We barely had time to relish the last bite when our main dishes arrived.
The Parish Burger, a domineering presence with a half-pound burger patty, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, and fried jalapenos, smothered in Jalapeno Ranch and nestled on a Brioche Bun, was a carnivore's dream.
The Tuna Poke Bowl was an adventure of its own, featuring sushi-grade Ahi Tuna, Ponzu, Avocado, Melon, Jalapenos, Seaweed Salad, Pepitos, Sriracha Aioli, and Green Onions - a symphony of flavors that dance on your tongue.
We ended our meal on a sweet note with the Creole Cream Cheesecake drizzled with Caramel Sauce.
And they’ve managed to create this welcoming atmosphere and top-notch culinary experience in just a month of opening!
It's not just the food that gives Parish Grill its charm.
They also cater to dietary needs, offering a great range of gluten-free options.
Our favorite is their Swap Pizza.
In fact, my son and I have made this place our new favorite spot for dining out.
And it's not just us - the Giaccones echo our sentiments.
Grabbing a bite at NUDO can only be compared to an exhilarating roller coaster ride – filled with electrifying twists and turns and, every moment, a thrilling surprise.
The restaurant was busy, signaling their popularity, but not once did I feel ignored.
And the cleanliness!
It shone through in every corner, making it a delightfully comfortable place to dine.
The Canh Gà Chiên Fusion Fried Chicken Wings were my starter.
The portion size was generous, with six colossal wings loaded with flavors that tantalized my taste buds.
Paired with the beef bacos, it was a meal that hit all the right notes.
They were adorned with jalapeño peppers, but fear not, they are far from being spicy.
But NUDO is not just about their food.
It's the overall experience.
Their walls adorned with drawings showcasing Vietnamese dishes make it a visual treat.
The menu offers a wide variety of dishes, including the Bun Bo Hue and Bun Thit Nuong.
These bowls were packed with succulent meats, aromatic herbs, and flavorful broths.
What's a meal without a refreshing drink?
NUDO's Passion Jasmine Green Tea Fusion with lychee popping boba was the perfect culmination to a hearty meal.
It was a rich infusion of flavors that left me wanting more.
Can dark humor be comforting?
Absolutely it can!
Especially if you're spending an evening at Bullseye Metairie.
The place has a unique charm, furnished with an atmosphere that would make even the most cynical comedian feel at home.
But the true magic of Bullseye isn't just in the humor-infused atmosphere or the ongoing improvements.
It's in the outstanding weekly tradition that has become a personal favorite - Monday Steak Night.
At a shockingly reasonable price of just $9, the offer of a perfectly cooked and seasoned 10oz NY strip, paired with mashed potatoes and green beans, is too good to resist.
I've been 3 out of the last 4 weeks since they started this culinary indulgence, and I can wholeheartedly say it's an experience you owe to yourself!
If you're ever in Metairie, you'll regret not trying the sushi at Kanno.
This small, strip-mall Japanese restaurant might not look like much from the outside, but it's a treasure trove of flavor and innovation inside.
I couldn't help but notice the intimate feel of the place.
Reservations are necessary, it's a small place, and believe me, it's worth it.
The vibrant chatter of guests and the clinking of wine glasses added to the cozy ambiance.
Now, let's talk about the food.
Oh, the food!
This isn't your typical sushi joint.
Every roll is a piece of art.
I've tried the Tiki roll, the Ryan roll, and the Kush roll, and each was a delightful explosion of flavor.
The sashimi is a must-try; it's fresh, succulent, and simply melts in your mouth.
And the desserts!
They're clever and unexpected, just like everything else Kanno serves.
I remember the house-made chocolate dessert, it was a sweet surprise that followed a savory sushi feast.
My tastebuds hit the jackpot last week when I ventured into Yakuza House - a bright and inviting establishment tucked away in our community.
Trust me when I say, their food is as captivating as their ambiance.
Their dumplings, a warm welcome to the feast that was to follow, were a mouthwatering delight.
But the true hero of the evening was the chicken teriyaki.
The chicken, tender and well-cooked, was smothered in a teriyaki sauce that had depth, character, and a zing that left me craving for more.
But fret not sushi lovers, Yakuza House has you covered too.
My partner was all appreciative of the sushi that we ordered.
They're fresh, flavorful, and constructed with a perfect balance that doesn't make it feel overdone.
The yellowtail crudo and dressed salmon nigiri were her favorites, and she insists on going back for these.
Apart from the food, what stood out was the exceptional service.
If you happen to be around, do drop by Yakuza House.
It's not just a meal; it's an experience that leaves you in awe of the culinary art.
And remember, it's not just me speaking; it's the voice of the locals who have discovered a gem in their backyard.
Banh Mi Boys
Let me tell you about this hidden gem in the heart of Metairie, Banh Mi Boys.
You may think you've tasted the best of what New Orleans has to offer until you've dined here.
Attached to an unassuming Texaco, the Banh Mi Boys have managed to create an oasis of flavor, combining exotic and local tastes in a way that is tantalizingly delicious.
Casting the first bite, the Bang Bang Shrimp and Grilled Pork po-boy takes you on a culinary journey like no other.
It might not strictly fit the traditional NOLA mold, but it's certainly a contender in its own right.
The location may fool you but don't worry, it's spotlessly clean and comfortable.
Every visit is an adventure.
Sometimes we can't resist the allure of the Bang Bang Shrimp Banh Mi, but oh, the fries!
They are a marvel in their own right.
And don't even get me started on the K-town fries or the spring rolls, they are the stuff of dreams.
But it's not only about the food.
The service is also top-notch, friendly, fast, and welcoming.
There's nothing like the smell of gumbo wafting through the air, pulling me in like a magnet to my favorite spot - the Hobnobber Cafe.
This family-run cafe, nestled in the heart of the community, is my go-to place for a hearty bite.
Smoke sausage, red beans, and rice never tasted better anywhere else.
Their food is seasoned to perfection, and the Cajun-Creole staples are a must-try.
Just last week, I dug into one of their daily specials - a breaded fried pork chop that was juicy and flavorful.
The Hobnobber Cafe's po’ boys are a revelation, too - think fresh bread stuffed with delectable fillings.
One bite and you're transported straight to culinary heaven.
I fondly remember my lunch there with my family, when we all left with full stomachs and satisfied smiles.
Their burgers deserve a special mention.
Juicy, flavorful, and cooked to perfection - just the way a burger should be.
It's not just the food that keeps me going back, though.
There's a secret gem hidden in our neighborhood that serves the most exquisite Mediterranean cuisine - the Almasgoof Restaurant.
Imagine a place where you can savor the taste of perfectly cooked Pompano fish - a rarity in most menus around the community.
You find it right here, in Almasgoof, served alongside fluffy and juicy rice and a fresh, well-seasoned salad.
What truly sets this place apart is its dessert menu.
Each sweet treat is prepared to order, resulting in an explosion of flavors that are as fresh as it is unique.
Just remember to order it ahead, as good things take time.
The setting of this restaurant is an experience in itself.
Families with children will appreciate the large toy race track to keep the little ones occupied.
And at the end of your meal, they even hand out candy - a delightful treat that adds a cherry on top of your visit.
For the main course, I highly recommend the pompano masgoof, half chicken, lentil soup, and beef mandi.
The chicken here is consistently juicy to the bone, while the fish is succulent and flavorful.
Interestingly, you can order two different sides with the mandi, as the meat comes separately from the rice.
Adding to the overall charm, they also have Arabic seating.
You know that feeling when you just happen to stumble upon a place, only to find out it's been there all along, silently making a name for itself with an unmatched style and taste?
That's the magic of Radosta's Restaurant for you.
Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, a short 15-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Downtown New Orleans, this classic eatery is so much more than just a restaurant; it's a sanctuary for those seeking an authentic taste of American food, served with a side of warm, southern hospitality.
Walking in, you're immediately transported to a good old-fashioned, homey deli that's been running for years.
The familiar, comforting smell of hearty sandwiches fills up the place, promising an exceptional dining experience.
And boy, does it deliver!
Radosta's is especially famous for its po' boys, a true New Orleans classic.
Now, let me tell you about their roast beef po' boy—it's arguably the best in the community.
The tender, juicy roast beef paired with fresh, crisp veggies and enveloped in a fluffy, lightly toasted bread, it's a sandwich that's hard to forget.
Once you've had a taste of that, you're sure to be tempted to explore the rest of their menu.
Trust me, everything is worth trying here—the muffaletta, the grilled cheese, they all hit the spot just right!
They're friendly, welcoming, and make an effort to chat with you and make you feel right at home.
The prices are reasonable, too, and the portions are generous.
Eating at Radosta's is like being at a big family dinner, and this is precisely why it's become a favorite among locals, including yours truly.
But, honestly, nothing beats experiencing Radosta's Restaurant in person.
Desi Vega's Seafood and Prime Steaks
In the heart of my community, I discovered a culinary gem that left an indelible impression on my palette.
Tucked away in the bustling streets, I found the savory haven of Desi Vega's Seafood and Prime Steaks.
The moment I stepped through the doors, I was wrapped in a warm, welcoming atmosphere that hinted at the delightful meal waiting to be savored.
The elegant setting was only outdone by the exceptional food that graced my table.
I reveled in the succulent taste of a perfectly cooked steak, and the BBQ shrimp took me on a tangy and tantalizing journey of flavors.
A bite of their decadent crème brûlée was enough to make me feel as though I was dining amidst the clouds.
The refreshing concoctions from the bar were the perfect companions to my meal, each sip enhancing the overall dining experience.
Attentive, polite, and knowledgeable, they transformed our evening into an unforgettable experience.
Their devotion to their craft was evident in their timely presence and their ability to anticipate our needs.
Despite the restaurant being packed to the brim, they managed to make us feel like the only patrons there.
The ambiance, though lively and buzzing with chatter, added a layer of authenticity to my dining experience, reminding me of the community's vibrant spirit.
Yes, it was loud, and yes, it was crowded, but aren't the best places always a bit noisy and filled with people?
At Desi Vega's, the symphony of clinking glasses and laughter over shared meals somehow amplified the charm of this place.
Who knew that a small strip-mall place like Acropolis Cuisine would transport me straight to the sunny landscapes of Greece?
Every dining experience here feels like taking a bite straight from a Mediterranean paradise hidden within the urban jungle of Metairie.
Their professionalism is second to none - they truly understand the essence of Greek hospitality.
As for the food, oh, the food!
It is nothing short of spectacular.
The dishes are authentic, and the portions are enormous - reminiscent of a big, fat Greek feast.
You're not merely paying for a meal; you're paying for an experience.
The dips and spanikopita are a treat for the taste buds, the kind of food that makes you close your eyes to savor each bite.
And the specials?
They never disappoint, bringing the best of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine right onto your plate.
And let me not forget about the Acropolis Salad - the sheer joy it brings to my day is indescribable.
The flavors explode in your mouth – every bite is a symphony of freshness that leaves you craving for more.
"If home is where the heart is, then Giorlando's must be my second home.
" That's how I often describe my affinity for this fantastic local restaurant.
Nestled in the heart of my community, Giorlando's Restaurant has been my go-to for soulful Southern eats and the most tantalizing roast beef sandwiches.
The casual, sit-down space immediately wraps you in a blanket of comforting familiarity the moment you step inside.
The food at Giorlando's is nothing short of perfection, each dish exuding a homely flavor that takes me back to my childhood.
The Blackened fish and their signature roast beef sandwiches are just a couple of my favorites.
But the actual unsung hero of their menu has to be their homemade croutons.
They are so good, I would go back just for those!
Away from the hustle and bustle of the more crowded eateries, this eatery offers a pleasantly intimate setting.
Sure, the restaurant might be smaller than your typical diner, but the brilliant flavors and generous portions more than makeup for it.
And before you wonder about the cost, let me assure you that the prices are as mouth-watering as the food itself.
But Giorlando's charm isn't just about the food.
They are always attentive, quick, and ready with great suggestions.
It's this kind of consistent, exceptional service that makes Giorlando a preferred lunch spot for many of us here.
If you're ever in town, or if you're a local who's yet to discover this gem of a place, do give Giorlando's a try.
A visit to their website will give you a glimpse of what to expect.
I assure you, the actual experience is far more delightful!
Remember, we build up our culture by supporting local family businesses like Giorlando's.
And trust me, this is one local business that deserves all the love it can get.
Drago's Seafood Restaurant - Metairie
It was on a Friday night when I decided to break the monotony of home-cooked meals and step into the world-renowned Drago's Seafood Restaurant.
Known for its charbroiled oysters, this family-run joint has been an icon in our local cuisine, with a reputation that extends far beyond our quaint Metairie streets.
The moment you step in, the warm, inviting ambiance engulfs you.
The stylish, casual digs subtly hint at the Cajun-accented culinary experience that awaits your palate.
The star of the night, of course, is the charbroiled oysters.
I've eaten these magnificent shellfish at many a place, but nothing compares to the smokey, rich flavors of Drago's.
With each bite, you can taste the fresh sea salt mingling with the smoky charbroil, a culinary symphony that you just can't get enough of.
Venturing beyond oysters, I decided to try their Blackened Gator Tacos.
A risky choice for some, but the expertly grilled and seasoned gator meat proved to be a delightful surprise.
Served with a side of cornbread and collard greens, it’s a delicious addition to the already tantalizing menu.
But the experience at Drago's isn't just about the food.
This is not a place where you're left wondering what to order.
They have seasonal selections that vary, and I've tried everything from fish piccata to crab avocado crostini, all of which were exquisitely prepared.
I have to admit, I have quite a soft spot for Fury's Restaurant.
The charm of this place is just irresistible.
Nestled in the heart of the community, it's like a beacon of comfort, a home away from home.
An old-school establishment, the decor is unpretentious and inviting, making you feel instantly at ease.
The real treasure of Fury's, however, lies in its menu.
Trust me, the Creole and Italian cuisine they serve up, it's the stuff of legend.
I can't even count how many times I've indulged in their generous seafood entrees (the trout topped with jumbo crab is an absolute must-try).
Every bite is a culinary delight, with each dish perfectly seasoned and bursting with flavor.
What makes this place even more special is its commitment to traditional fare.
Their eggplant parm is arguably the best in the community, and their crunchy, flavorful pork chop is a dish you won't soon forget.
And if you're a fan of French fries, well, you're in for a treat.
Fury's serves the freshest, most delicious fries that have a delightful crunch.
But it's not just the food that shines at Fury's; the service is just as commendable.
Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop
When you're in need of a comforting taste of Cajun-Creole cuisine, there's no place like home.
And for me, home tastes like Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop.
This unpretentious, cheery eatery is where I satisfy cravings for my NOLA favorites, from crawfish étouffée to gumbo.
Their gumbo mumbo, a hearty mix of seafood and chicken, is my personal favorite.
It's the embodiment of the saying, "When you want gumbo, this is what it should taste like."
But the menu doesn't stop at gumbo.
The fried chicken is irresistible, the crab cakes are a delight, and the boudin balls are a must-try.
Chef Ron truly has a knack for turning simple ingredients into mouthwatering masterpieces.
And what's a Louisiana meal without a stiff drink to wash it down?
As you walk in, you'll notice a bar tucked away to your right.
It may not be massive, but it's packed with an impressive variety of libations.
But let's not forget dessert.
The bread pudding is the only sweet treat I've ever ordered.
And you know what?
I'm not even mad about it.
That's how good it is.
As a regular patron, I've had the pleasure of meeting Chef Ron.
A special shoutout goes to Jimmy – that guy feels like my brother.
Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi
Ah, the lights twinkling, the hustle and bustle of people, and the anticipation of a good meal.
This is the experience you get when you walk into the Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi.
A spacious restaurant full of life, it's famous for its specialty sushi and sashimi, and Japanese entrees.
The place can get quite loud and crowded, especially during peak hours.
It’s a real test of your lung capacity when you have to raise your voice over the music to chat with your friends.
But trust me, it's all a part of the lively atmosphere and the upbeat vibes that this place exudes.
One thing you do need to know is that seating can be a bit of a challenge.
Space is at a premium and the waiting area tends to become congested.
But if you're lucky (and quick), a spot at the bar might open up.
Just be prepared for a slightly annoyed bartender if you decide to switch to a table when it becomes available.
If you're a sushi lover like me, you won't be disappointed with their selection.
The sushi rolls here are room temperature, which might not be everybody's cup of tea, but I find them quite enjoyable.
My favorites are the fresh salmon and the classic California roll.
Pho Bang Restaurant
There's something comforting about finding your regular spot in a community where everyone seems to be always on the go.
For me, that's Pho Bang Restaurant, nestled in New Orleans.
You can check it out at Pho Bang.
It's a straightforward, no-frills Vietnamese eatery serving classic dishes such as pho, summer rolls, and my personal favorite, the Chargrilled pork chop, and shredded pork skin meal.
They do it so well that you can taste the love and care in every bite.
Just to set the record straight, Pho Bang isn't fancy, but it's got charm.
It's got a laid-back vibe that I appreciate after a long day.
Plus, there's always sports playing on their large TV screens, which I find oddly comforting as I tuck into my meal.
Now, I've heard some complaints about their pho being salty or bahmi being dry, but I beg to differ.
Maybe those folks visited on an off day, or perhaps they just had different expectations.
But as someone who's been going there regularly, I can vouch for the consistency of their food.
Oh, and don’t let me forget about their drinks!
They serve an amazing bubble tea and a refreshing lemonade which never fails to quench my thirst.
And on days when I feel like trying something new, I order the Com Ga Xao Bong Cai, a stir-fried chicken with broccoli and carrots with chili soy sauce, or the Salad Bo Xao, a salad bowl with stir-fried beef garnished with cilantro.
Pho Bang is my little respite in the community.
It's where I go when I want to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a good meal without breaking the bank.
Let me tell you about a little gem tucked away in our community—Bear's PoBoys.
I had heard its name thrown around with claims of having the best roast beef po'boys in town.
Intrigued, I decided to make the trek and see if it lived up to the hype.
Walking into Bear's PoBoys, you're immediately met with an unpretentious dining room.
An unassuming place, you might say, but let me assure you, the food is anything but.
They recommended the roast beef po'boy—and boy, am I glad they did.
Now, I've had quite a few po' boys in my time, but this one—this one was something else.
The sandwich was heavy in my hands, a promising sign of the feast to come.
The bread was mouthwateringly good, and the roast beef?
Tender, juicy, and plentiful.
This sandwich wasn't just dressed—it was adorned.
And after I managed to devour the beast of a sandwich, I was rewarded with a mound of au-juicy debris.
Trust me, the roll of paper towels on the table wasn't a mere decoration—it was a necessary tool to handle this deliciously messy feast.
They also do a mean onion ring, hot and fresh and massive in portion.
Parking might give you a bit of a challenge, but did I mention the onion rings?
Every community has its hidden culinary gems, and for us, it's Fusion Cafe.
Tucked away in a nondescript corner of our bustling town, Fusion Cafe is my ultimate food haven.
Their menu, a delectable fusion of Vietnamese, Japanese, and Southern Creole fare, is truly a gastronomic adventure.
It's a place where you can tantalize your taste buds with a never-before blend of flavors.
The contemporary venue is casual and welcoming, making you feel right at home as if you're dining with old friends.
The service is another aspect that makes this place a notch above the rest.
Every time I visit, I'm greeted with warmth and friendliness.
My personal favorite is the shaken beef with rice - a flavor-packed delight that never fails to impress.
The first time I went there, I was introduced to Fusion Cafe by some friends.
My taste buds still tingle with the memory of the egg rolls, noodle salad, sushi, and pork plate.
And let’s not forget the exotic avocado 'smoothie', it was the perfect refreshing beverage.
I can confidently say that it was the best Vietnamese cuisine I've ever tasted.
And it's not just me and my partner, who experienced authentic Vietnamese food for the first time at Fusion Cafe and absolutely loved it.
There's nothing like a personal touch in the culinary world, and that's precisely what you get at Dab's Bistro.
Have you tried his award-winning meatballs or the Eggplant Locicero?
They're the stuff of legends in Metairie, I tell you.
Every visit to the Dab’s Bistro feels like a celebration.
The last time we were there, it was a Friday night, and we had the Pompano special.
It was divine, and the portion was very generous.
Not to forget the biscuits that came as a special - hitting all the right notes of sweet and savory, they were the best I've had.
While the food at Dab's Bistro is incredibly delicious, it's the personalized attention that sets it apart.
And boy, were we delighted!
Every dish was perfectly seasoned and catered to all our different tastes.
It's not just about great food at Dab's Bistro, it's about creating lasting memories.
Whether it's a cozy family meal or a romantic date night, this locally-owned gem is a place you can't afford to miss.
When the craving for authentic Vietnamese cuisine hits, my go-to spot is Phở NOLA.
Nestled in a simple strip mall, this place may not look fancy from the outside, but let me tell you – the flavors served inside are nothing short of extraordinary.
Their dishes are the epitome of Vietnamese culinary tradition, with the pho and banh mi being my personal favorites.
My taste buds still tingle at the thought of their shaken beef, a dish that's big on both flavor and portion size.
The beef chunks are large and incredibly savory, a delightful departure from the smaller pieces served at most places.
And then there's the unique touch of honey mustard dipping sauce, a pairing I initially found surprising but now find myself longing for.
Of course, no visit to Phở NOLA is complete without their spring rolls.
While they sometimes can be a tad dry, the flavors are still spot on, making them an appetizer I keep coming back for.
The bubble tea also deserves a special shout-out, its creamy sweetness providing the perfect finish to a satisfying meal.
But what really sets Phở NOLA apart for me is the warmth of the people running it.
They are some of the nicest folks you'll ever meet, going above and beyond to make sure their customers are taken care of.
The place is always spotlessly clean, and its location is fantastic – just a quick 10-minute drive from my house.
Hummus & More
Ever had a night where you just crave something different?
That’s exactly what happened to me last week.
I had a hankering for something fresh, bold, and packed with flavor.
Then it hit me - Mediterranean cuisine from Hummus & More, a local gem I've come to cherish.
From the moment I stepped through the door, the cozy and relaxed atmosphere of this popular eatery enveloped me.
My eyes were drawn to the warm, earth-toned decor that managed to perfectly blend rustic Mediterranean charm with a dash of contemporary elegance.
It's the kind of place that makes you feel right at home.
I once had a family dinner there with about 15 guests.
They were kind enough to let us decorate the place ourselves, giving our gathering an intimate and personal touch.
But, of course, the star of the show is the food.
I’ll tell you, whenever I have friends over and want to impress, I order from their menu.
It's like a tour of the Mediterranean on a plate - each dish bursting with authentic flavors that transport you straight to the sunny coastlines of Greece, Turkey, or Lebanon.
On my most recent visit, my partner and I opted for vegetarian platters.
This was no ordinary vegetarian meal, mind you.
It was a colorful array of hummus, tabouleh, dolma, falafel, and more.
Each bite was an explosion of flavors, perfectly balanced and generously portioned.
Let me take you on a sublime culinary journey to a charming Tuscan villa tucked away in a quaint strip mall called Sandros Trattoria.
Their lunch service is nothing short of exceptional.
On my first visit, I was pleasantly surprised by the speed at which my order arrived.
After a refreshing glass of ice-cold water with a twist of lemon, I indulged in their heavenly crostini bread.
The fresh house salad and tender daube panini, bursting with flavor, were truly a delight to my palate.
But the experience didn't end there.
My partner savored the fresh caprese salad paired with a heart-warming lentil soup and echoed the same sentiments.
One of the highlights of dining at Sandros Trattoria is the lively atmosphere.
The restaurant is always abuzz with patrons, relishing their meals and the warm, inviting decor that mirrors a traditional Tuscan villa.
But what sets this place apart is not just the tantalizing food or the beautiful setting, it's the people who make it special.
And now, I'm eagerly looking forward to exploring their dinner menu.
Austin's Seafood & Steakhouse
My favorite part of the week is when I get to kick back at Austin's Seafood & Steakhouse, a gem in our community that serves the most delectable seafood, steaks, and Creole specialties.
This white-tablecloth restaurant and bar has an added touch of elegance, with a weekend pianist playing soothing melodies that perfectly complement the rich flavors of the food.
The food at Austin's is simply divine.
The gumbo is so rich and flavorful that it's a meal in itself.
The seared tuna appetizer is a must-try, and the fried green tomatoes are mouthwateringly delicious.
If you're in for a steak, it's cooked to perfection, and the lobster is exquisite.
The menu also features Creole specialties that are sure to tickle your taste buds.
I highly recommend trying the spicy shrimp appetizer and the stuffed redfish, both seasoned beautifully and served in generous portions.
But the adventure doesn't end with the main course.
The dessert menu is a delightful surprise.
My personal favorite is the banana foster cream pie – a sweet ending to a delicious meal.
The fried Oreos, although unexpected, are a delightful surprise.
They are fried in beignet batter, resulting in a soft cake-like texture that is absolutely irresistible.
The Catch Seafood Restaurant
If you ever find yourself in the heart of NOLA with a hankering for perfectly seasoned seafood, you absolutely must visit The Catch Seafood Restaurant.
This hidden gem, run by a dedicated husband and wife team, serves up some of the best gluten-free fried food I've ever tasted!
It’s proof that love truly does make food taste better.
I remember my first time tasting the chicken and shrimp platter.
My taste buds were tickled by the perfect blend of seasoning.
Each bite was a delightful surprise, and it left me wanting more.
The Oyster and Shrimp Po Boy that my partner ordered was also a knockout.
It made me wish they were open past 4 so I could come back for dinner!
It's not just about the flavor, either.
The Catch is a haven for those with gluten intolerance.
The joy of having a wide range of options on the menu cannot be overstated.
The fried cheese bites and perfectly fried oysters were absolute winners.
And you don't have to be gluten intolerant to enjoy them.
They are so good they'll make a gluten lover out of anyone.
Service is another aspect where The Catch shines.
Every visit feels like coming home.
The first time I stepped into Station 6, I was immediately drawn to its relaxed ambiance.
Nestled in the heart of New Orleans, this laid-back seafood spot offers the perfect blend of Southern charm and culinary mastery.
The restaurant's patio, an expansive space that invites guests to dine under the sky, was my first pick.
However, on colder nights, the cozy indoor space, adorned with wood and a small bar, offers an equally inviting atmosphere.
Despite the limited space inside, it's the minimalistic setup that adds to the charm of the place, with about 12 tables providing an intimate dining experience.
The menu, though not extensive, is meticulously crafted.
The focus on quality over quantity is evident in each dish we order.
The oysters, though petite, were fresh and succulent.
They were a bit pricey, but every slurp was worth the cost.
The two seafood dishes we tried, seared pompano and red snapper, were cooked to perfection.
The flavors were subtle yet profound, leaving us craving for more.
The beer on tap, specifically the Second Line Blond, was the perfect companion to our seafood feast.
It was a great refreshing ale that complemented the flavors of the food beautifully.
The service at Station 6 was an added bonus.
Vincent's Italian Cuisine
Have you ever felt like you needed to escape to Italy but just couldn't swing the airfare?
Well, let me tell you about the time I found a little piece of Italy hiding in plain sight - Vincent's Italian Cuisine.
The restaurant, tucked away in Metairie, is a gem I frequent when I want to treat myself.
As soon as I step inside, I feel as though I've been whisked away to an old-world Italian eatery.
The atmosphere is intimate and perfect for a quiet dinner with friends or a cozy date night.
The tables may be close together, but this only adds to the feeling of genuine Italian hospitality and camaraderie.
Every dish at Vincent's is a culinary journey to southern Italy.
The restaurant is renowned for its red-sauce pasta and crab bisque, but my personal favorite is the unique treat known as the "Sicilian Rose," a baby artichoke deep fried in olive oil with grape tomatoes.
And let me tell you, their fried eggplant stack with pork sausage topped with red gravy is a close runner-up.
The service at Vincent's is always impeccable.
It's these small touches that make the place feel like a home away from home.
In conclusion, I have to say, I'm truly spoiled with the rich and varied dining choices here in Metairie.
The Mediterranean dishes at Acropolis Cuisine and Hummus & More offer a delightful change of pace, while the Banh Mi at Banh Mi Boys and Pho at Phở NOLA satisfy my cravings for Asian flavors.
Each restaurant, with its unique flair and flavor, contributes to the vibrant culinary scene in this charming community.