Perhaps that was a good thing, because it gave former Deaneaux’s owner Tim Metcalf time to pair up with fitness expert Cody McCown and develop a concept to bring the freshest produce local farmers raise into their kitchen and pair it with Gulf seafood and Louisiana beef.
The result is a restaurant that serves lots of typical Cajun dishes like charbroiled oysters, fried alligator, shrimp and grits, fried and broiled seafood and stuffed pork chops as well as steaks. What’s different is the ingredients are all dead fresh, never frozen, the vegetables come from local gardens and absolutely everything, right down to the salad dressings and french fries are house made. “We don’t ever own a can opener,” says McCown.
The fried alligator was a revelation. Normally chewy and often with an off taste, I’ve come to regard fried alligator as a touristy gimmick. Not this alligator. Clean and tender, clearly harvested from smaller gators grown in local farms, this is a Cajun delicacy to be sought out. Frying, actually is one of the house specialties. “We know people are going to eat fried food,” says McCown, “so we make it as healthy as possible.” The seafood is delicately fried in clean peanut oil. Each item is tossed in its own fry mix, more cornmeal on the oysters and catfish, more flour on the shrimp, which makes for significant flavor profiles from bivalve to crustacean.
On the steak side, the ribeye was perfectly rare and buttery tender. Sides like cheese grits and especially the spectacular sweet potatoes show off how simple food, treated with care and respect, responds. It’s strawberry season in Louisiana, be sure to order the homemade cheesecake with fresh sweet fruit.
LA Seafood House, 1917 Ridge Road, Duson, 504-5634 is open daily for dinner.
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
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