#26 Among The 33 Best Seafood Eateries
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EntreePrice-18
BreakfastNo Breakfast SundayNo Breakfast MondayNo Breakfast TuesdayNo Breakfast WednesdayNo Breakfast ThursdayNo Breakfast FridayNo Breakfast Saturday
LunchNo Lunch SundayLunch MondayLunch TuesdayLunch WednesdayLunch ThursdayLunch FridayNo Lunch Saturday
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Fury’s

Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 724 Martin Behrman Ave. 504-834-5646. Map.
Casual
AE DC DS MC V
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ANECDOTES AND ANALYSIS
Some restaurants are time machines. They show us what it was like to eat dine out in the days before everything was artisan this or that. When if you didn’t live in the neighborhood, you wouldn’t even know about the existence of that restaurant’s neighborhood cafe, and they wouldn’t know you. Where nearly all the customers are regulars. And–best of all–how the kitchen cooks the way it did before restaurants could buy everything pre-cut, pre-seasoned, and maybe even pre-cooked. Not to mention probably frozen.

Fury’s is a restaurant like that. Its customers remember all those time-machine qualities, because they themselves were around back in those days. And they know that the best fish is fresh and in season, which explains why the restaurant is out of this or that almost every day. You just put up with it and get what’s there today.

WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
Metairie has few old-school neighborhood restaurants, and fewer West End-style seafood joints. Fury’s serves both those functions with unusually high standards. It’s cramped, it’s slow (because they cook everything to order), and it’s welcoming in an old-fashioned way (“Just sit anywhere!”).

WHAT’S GOOD
Excellence in a seafood restaurant is a straightforward matter, The seafood has to be fresh, not frozen. Cooked to order, not picked from under a heat lamp. In a time when most neighborhood seafood joints fail on both counts, Fury’s is scrupulous about both. They also have fine daily plate specials, some of the city’s best onion rings, and even a smattering of excellent Italian dishes.

BACKSTORY
John Fury opened this place in 1983, after selling his share of The Bounty. That was a classic West End seafood restaurant, and all the moves he developed there are in evidence at Fury’s. His career goes even farther back, beginning in a Mid-City backstreet cafe of the 1950s. The current Fury’s has aspects of both styles. Trivia: A million years ago, the building was the home of The Little Italians restaurant. The son of one of the little Italians that ran it is Tommy DiGiovanni, the longtime executive chef of Arnaud’s.

DINING ROOM
This is a very small restaurant with minimal decor. The L-shaped room is almost always full at standard mealtimes, but they remain open all afternoon, when it’s less frantic. Fridays (especially in Lent) require a wait in the bar.

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BEST DISHES
Starters
Shrimp or crabmeat remoulade
Seafood gumbo

Entrees
Eggplant or chicken parmesan
Shrimp and pasta bordelaise
Meatballs and spaghetti
Crawfish pasta
Fried or broiled fish, soft-shell crab, shrimp, oysters, stuffed shrimp, or combinations
Soft-shell crab amandine
Fried or broiled stuffed whole flounder
Trout amandine
Broiled or fried frog legs
Fried or broiled chicken
Crabmeat au gratin
Crawfish etouffee
Seafood poor boy sandwiches

Daily Specials
Red beans and rice with chicken drummettes, smoked or hot sausage (MO)
Liver and onions (TU)
Smothered chicken (WE)
Butter beans and pork chop (WE)
Fish with crawfish sauce (TH)
Stuffed bell peppers (most days)

Desserts
Bread pudding

FOR BEST RESULTS
The restaurant is open all day, from 11 a.m. From about two until five in the afternoon is the best time. If the little parking lot in front is full, it’s okay to park across the street in the large strip mall lot. If you happen to be there on Monday, get the red beans and rice with fried chicken drummettes.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
Some day, Fury’s will have to expand to a bigger location.

FACTORS OTHER THAN FOOD
Up to three points, positive or negative, for these characteristics. Absence of points denotes average performance in the matter.

  • Dining Environment
  • Consistency +2
  • Service
  • Value +1
  • Attitude +1
  • Wine & Bar
  • Hipness -2
  • Local Color +1

 

SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Open Monday lunch and dinner
  • Open all afternoon
  • Quick, good meal
  • Good for children
  • Easy, nearby parking
  • No reservations

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  1. Katie Fury on March 3, 2015

    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for the great write up! You need to come stop by and see us. We’ve recently updated the decor, it’s looking great 🙂

  2. Truly a hidden gem of a place. Quite possibly some of the best food in the city!

  3. Mike Daigle on June 29, 2015

    Hey Tom, talked to you on your radio show on a Monday and you recommended to go eat there and get the red beans and rice with the hot sausage patty. Best ever. Thanks.

  4. KEN MCALISTER SR on August 16, 2015

    I had never heard of Fury’s until my brother-in-law recommended it to me, and whoever listens to his brother-in-law? But we have been to Fury’s now several times and it is wonderful every time we go. Doesn’t matter what you order, it’s going to be good, maybe even the best you’ve ever had. The neighborhood feel of the restaurant is perfect and the staff is friendly and treat you like you are family. A great New Orleans restaurant.

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