500BestSquareBarbecue Shrimp @ Dante’s Kitchen

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Eman Loubier, the chef and owner of Dante’s Kitchen, has a thing for big flavors. After a stint at the top ranks of the kitchen at Commander’s Palace, he opened this place in 2000, and cut loose. Explosively good dishes riddle the menu, and the barbecue shrimp are among the best of those. Unlike most restaurants, they’re happy to serve the big, heads-on Louisiana shrimp in that spicy butter as an appetizer. Beware of eating too much French bread with the sauce.

Barbecue shrimp at Dante's Kitchen.

Barbecue shrimp at Dante’s Kitchen.

Dante’s Kitchen. Riverbend: 736 Dante. 504-861-3121.

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