A West End-style restaurant in Slidell, Vera's has fried, boiled, stuffed, and shucked local seafood for over fifty years. In its new location, it's not as scenic as it was when it overlooked the lake, but the food is, if anything, better.
Vera's opened on the Slidell shores of Lake Pontchartrain in 1952, in a frame building on stilts. It was much like the restaurants over the water at West End Park. It survived (after many repairs) all the hurricanes until Katrina. But that killer storm blew the place away entirely. After a few months, Vera's reopened in its present, much less scenic but safer strip-mall location, far inland.
The new Vera's is pleasantly spartan, if a bit on the dark side. The young service staff is easy to get along with.
The biggest crowds are on Friday nights, of course. Take advantage of the boiled seafood; not many restaurants have it anymore.