New Orleans Dining: Deanie’s

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Deanie’s Seafood
1713 Lake Avenue, Metairie, LA
(504) 831-4141

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Related OTB Post: A Tale of Two Seafood Restaurants

After a stressful and aggravating Sunday afternoon in Atlanta, where our flight had been cancelled due to a mechanical failure on the plane, and then delayed again due to torrential rain and lightning storms which closed the runways at Hartfield International, we finally landed in New Orleans, at around 7PM. When we eventually de-planed, we found ourselves missing all our baggage (note to all readers: AVOID AIRTRAN LIKE THE PLAGUE! NEVER AGAIN! I DON’T CARE HOW CHEAP THEY ARE!) which we didn’t end up getting until 2 days later. To add insult to injury, the car that Enterprise gave us smelled like cigarette smoke (although less so than the first 3 I tried out) and to knock the final nail in the coffin for the day, we had arrived too late to catch the final hours of the summer season for Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, our favorite snowball stand. And just about every restaurant you can think of in New Orleans is closed on Sunday night. We were seriously facing the possibility of Popeye’s or Mickey D’s for our first meal back in town.

Thankfully, after driving past lots of closed restaurants, we eventually ended up at Deanie’s, one of our old-standbys for straightforward seafood, in the Bucktown section of nearby Metairie.

The original Deanie’s Seafood location in Metairie.

After arriving on a Sunday evening in New Orleans on a delayed flight from Atlanta, Deanie’s is a comfort and a welcome sight. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.

Deanie’s is also a seafood market during the day. It’s shrimp season! Yay!

The Metairie Deanie’s is clearly a locals joint. During the week the restaurant is frequently packed. On a Sunday night, it’s deadsville, but the food doesn’t skip a beat.

Deanie’s on a busy evening (2005, Pre-K)

Small Red Potatoes at Deanie’s are served in lieu of bread. These are boiled in a spicy crab boil seasoning and served with butter.

Abita Amber is the local brew of choice.

Abita Amber, served in a chilled, icy goblet. I can’t tell you how great this feels going down after a traumatic day of airport delays and lost baggage.

Deanie’s salads. I was so hungry that I wolfed mine down pretty quickly, but I should have savored it, because I think this is the most amount of roughage we would see in New Orleans in the entire week.

A side order of Fried Oysters. Yep, we’re in New Orleans now!

Rachel was a bit under the weather so she ordered a bowl of gumbo. I have to admit, Deanie’s has one of the best seafood gumbos around.

Deanie’s Barbecue Shrimp. These really, really hit the spot, were really juicy and cooked perfectly, and the “sauce” was great for mopping up with the fresh hot bread warmed in Deanie’s oven.

These fried seafood platters were headed for another table — if you’re looking for simple fried or boiled seafood, Deanie’s is probably one of the best places in the New Orleans area to go to.

A half-order fried seafood platter from our 2005 pre-K trip.

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