If you are looking for the best shrimp in New Orleans, there are plenty of dishes served in plenty of restaurants to choose from. If you want a great shrimp adventure, you can head out to the suburbs and try Red Lobster, but you could do that at the franchise next to the big mall off the interstate exit ramp in your hometown, too, couldn’t you? We’re not in Nebraska. Don’t go to Red Lobster for seafood while you are in New Orleans.
In New Orleans, stay in the city and sidle up to any bar to have some of the best shrimp in the nation: Louisiana Gulf shrimp caught, this morning, right off our shores. Go to Red Lobster when you’re home. When you’re here, don’t go to Red Lobster for the best shrimp in New Orleans. In fact, you won’t find a Red Lobster within city limits.
Not one of those shrimp in the Red Lobster commercial looks like the shrimp you’ll find in New Orleans. In New Orleans, we don’t eat mass-produced, farmed-raised, industrial Aisan shrimp. Our gulf shrimp, from the Gulf of Mexico harvested in nets just off the mouth of the mighty Mississippi River, are the juiciest, plumpest, most doggone robustest shrimp you’ll ever sink your choppers into.
As you might imagine, in our line of work, we meet a lot of interesting people. Last week a marine biologist stayed with us.
I asked our guest where the best shrimp is found in the the Western Hemisphere. No surprise, she said, without any hesitation, Louisiana. Then, she asked me where to find the best shrimp in New Orleans. Frau Schmitt, who is usually right about these things, was quick to interject. Frau Schmitt suggested Lola’s. That was a spot-on recommendation, as you might expect.
I always order the garlic shrimp when we go to Lola’s. It’s about a fifteen minute walk from our house. They don’t take reservations. It’s all locals dining there. That end of our street is far off the tourist radar. Not only does Lola’s serve the best shrimp in New Orleans, they also serve the best sangria.
You’ll find other good shrimp dishes at other places all over New Orleans. This is a seafood town.
You’ll find all sorts of surprises in New Orleans. You sure won’t leave hungry, and you won’t be bored while you’re here. You may gain a few pounds while you’re here. The food in New Orleans is so good that you won’t be able to help yourself from indulging in another helping.
The shrimp, and everything else, is very, very, very good in New Orleans. Don’t even get me started about the barbecue shrimp at Mr. B’s.
À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade
…where every day is another taste of a better tomorrow.
September 17, 2016: We went to the matinee at The Broad Theater, a few blocks away from our house. We live in a very interesting neighborhood in which there is a lot going on should you choose to explore it.