Seafood Platter @ Katie’s
Katie’s is the best neighborhood restaurant in a part of town that has more and better such restaurants than any other. Although it isn’t strictly a seafood restaurant, it serves the finest example of the West End-style fried seafood platter. Shrimp, crawfish, oysters, and catfish, with a soft-shell crab as an opulent option. Everything is fried to order, separately, and with variations in the coating from one item to the next. The only danger is that the pile is so high that the steam emerging from the just-out-of-the-fryer seafood can make the bottom layers soggy. Solution: ask for an extra plate. This thing is way more than one person should eat, anyway.
Katie’s. Mid-City: 3701 Iberville. 504-488-6582.
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