Deanie’s Seafood Restauant New Orleans

Our cab driver recommended Deanie’s Seafood in the French Quarter for lunch yesterday. I knew that it was a good choice when I noticed policemen and several other local folks dining in the restaurant.

The waitress brought us boiled-red-skinned potatoes with butter before taking our order. They were slightly spicy and filling. When the waitress delivered our drinks she told us about the specials. I was distracted by the huge size of the drinks and I had to ask her to repeat the specials.

My bloody mary was rich and spicy with a hint of Worcestershire​ sauce. Shrimp, green beans and olives garnished the drink. It was a great bloody mary. I know this will surprise many of you, but somehow​ I managed to finish it.

We split barbecued shrimp which were actually shrimp sauteed in a buttery-barbecued-like sauce. We loved them. Next we split grilled oysters. The oysters were topped with seasonings and parmesan cheese. I thought that the parmesan gave the oysters a different twist. They were great too. Bread accompanied both dishes for dipping, and we also used the potatoes. The sauces were delicious and I suspect very fattening. Who cares, we are in New Orleans! My entree was seafood gumbo which had small shrimp and rice.

It was a great first meal in New Orleans. I would definitely return.

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The Best Cream of Crab Soup — The Narrows Restaurant

Outside of The Narrows Restaurant

Outside of The Narrows Restaurant (photo by dorothyadele)

The Narrows Restaurant in Grasonville, Maryland offers a taste of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Narrows is a relaxed fine-dining restaurant with a lovely water view at Kent Narrows near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The restaurant caters to blue-jean-and-khaki-clad locals and tourists alike. They specialize in seafood but also offer salads, chicken, quail, steak and more.

I have enjoyed their moist-flaky-mild-flavored rockfish, spicy vegetable based crab soup, fried oyster caesar salad and award-winning-broiled-lump crab cakes. Their food is fresh, filling and flavorful.

However, their award-winning-cream-of-crab soup is the best that I have ever had. I don’t splurge often, but when we dine at The Narrows, we always order the cream of crab soup. Lump crab fills the rich, creamy bisque-like soup. They serve sherry on the side which gives it added flavor with a kick. (If the waitress serves it without sherry, just ask.) The Narrows ships their crab soups and crab cakes, so you may order from their website.

I think you will agree that their cream of crab soup is the richest, most delicious that you have ever tried.

If not, who do you think has the best?

Bluestone Restaurant, Baltimore — Consistent Quality

I recently visited Bluestone Seafood Grill & Fishmarket at 11 W Aylesbury Road in Timonium, MD. Their phone number is 410-561-1100.

I love their Flash-Fried Calamari appetizer with Thai sauce. The calamari is light and crisp, and the Thai sauce is sweet and tangy. The sauce makes the fried calamari unique. In my opinion, deep-fried calamari with marinara sauce does not compare to Bluestone’s calamari.

Bluestone is known for their Fried-Green Tomatoes topped with lump-crab meat. The crab and tomatoes are drizzled with lemon-butter sauce infused with garlic, shallots and chives. The crab with the tomatoes and spices are a delicious combination.

My favorite appetizer is the Seared Rare Ahi Tuna. The tuna is sushi grade and served with ginger, and spicy-wasabi-cucumber sauce. When we split appetizers, I always order the ahi tuna.

I like their Chicken Cobb Salad. It includes grilled romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, hard-boiled egg, bacon and blue cheese. The grilled romaine makes the salad distinctive with a crisp-tender-smoky flavor. I request the lemon-vinaigrette dressing on the side. (I limit my salad dressing, so I can rationalize adding several hundred calories when I order dessert. I can’t imagine why I can’t lose weight!)

Recently, I ordered the Tuna Tacos with rice and black beans. Seared ahi tuna over sliced green, yellow and red peppers, was served with warm tortillas and tomatillo sauce, pico de gallo, and mango and papaya salsa. It was spicy, flavorful and filling. I think they should have additional tomatillo sauce, and mango and papaya salsa on the side. I felt like I was rationing it.

My son ordered the Firecracker Salmon with rice and stir-fried-crisp-tender vegetables. A seasoned balsamic-teriyaki sauce glazed the salmon. He loved it.

I occasionally order the fresh-fish special for lunch. I am never disappointed.

Every Tuesday, Bluestone offers bottled wine at 1/2 price when you place a food order. If you enjoy wine, this is a great time to visit.