500BestSquareJacked-Up Shrimp @ Don’s Seafood Hut

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I have never been a fan of Don’s, and I’ve wondered for years about its attraction to such large crowds. But even a just-okay restaurant can turn out something good now and then. “Jacked-up shrimp” comes to the table in a special skillet with seven pockets, sort of like the pans used for escargots. The contents of each pocket were bubbling: cheese, butter, jalapenos, bacon, and a big shrimp. I ate the first one too soon and burned my mouth. (My fault.) I got the other kind of burn (the kind that lasts quite a bit longer) from the hot-pepper content, just at my limit. But the taste and the aroma are alluring, qualifying this as an exciting, innovative dish. Worth going there for this alone.

They also make this with oysters, but for once I think I like the shrimp version better.

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Don’s Seafood Hut. Metairie 3: Houma Blvd To Kenner Line: 4801 Veterans Blvd. 504-889-1550.

Covington: 126 Lake Dr. 985-327-7111.This is among the 500 best dishes in New Orleans area restaurants. Click here for a list of the other 499.

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