#22 Among The 33 Best Seafood Eateries
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Harbor Seafood

Kenner: 3203 Williams Blvd. 504-443-6454. Map.
Very Casual
AE DC DS MC V
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ANECDOTES AND ANALYSIS
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WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
Harbor Seafood is the restaurant arm of Fisherman’s Cove, an excellent fresh seafood market next door. This brings an unusually large selection of fish to the Harbor’s menu, at attractive prices. They cover all the ground that a good neighborhood seafood restaurants would be expected to, from boiled crawfish, crabs and shrimp in season to poor boys to excellent grilled fish platters. The place is packed almost all the time.

WHAT’S GOOD
Not only does Harbor have good fresh fish to play with, but its kitchen is adept at its tasks. Especially good are the grilled and blackened fish–two options that are not often handled this well in moderate-price, casual restaurants. The presence of an oyster bar makes a strong statement. The fried seafood platters and poor boys come out hot, greaseless, and well seasoned.

BACKSTORY
Harbor opened in the mid-1980s, and slowly but steadily attracted a crowd that includes not only Kennerites but a rather substantial number of people who have a long break between flights and want to eat one more New Orleans meal. The restaurant is close to the airport, and the seafood market next door offers to pack seafood for the flight–a major draw for those who live in places without the rich seafood availability we have here.

DINING ROOM
The building looks like a warehouse, and the undersize dining room is only slightly less utilitarian. Nobody cares about that, because getting a table here is a victory unto itself. It’s almost always busy, a fact that dictates the frantic state of the service. That does not seem to affect the food, whose consistency across the board is impressive. A line outside is not uncommon, especially on Fridays. The amount of space given to the bar looks lavish until you notice that most of the people sitting there are eating, not drinking.

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BEST DISHES
Starters
Oysters on the half shell
Boiled shrimp, crawfish, and crabs in season
Fried calamari
Fried crab fingers
Stuffed artichoke
Seafood-stuffed mushrooms
Seafood gumbo
Turtle soup
Artichoke oyster soup
Shrimp and corn chowder
Crawfish etouffee
Caesar salad with blackened shrimp or tuna
Seafood salad

Entrees
Seafood-stuffed eggplant pirogue, crawfish cream sauce
Grilled or blackened fish
Fried shrimp, oyster, catfish, or soft shell crab platters
Shrimp, oyster, or catfish poor boy
Soft-shell crab poor boy
Roast beef poor boy
Hot sausage poor boy

Desserts
Bread pudding
Bourbon pecan pie
“Chocolate Beyond reason” (an intense chocolate cake)

FOR BEST RESULTS
Dine in the middle of the afternoon, avoiding weekends and Lent–unless you don’t mind standing around waiting for a table. The grilled fish is better than the fried, but the fried is very good.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
They need to either expand the dining room or move it to a bigger building with more parking.

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

 

SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Open Sunday lunch and dinner
  • Open Monday lunch and dinner
  • Open all afternoon
  • Oyster bar
  • Unusually large servings
  • Good for children
  • Easy, nearby parking
  • No reservations

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