with Shaquille O'Neal where he says to close the commercial, "Like my Mom said the day I was born, ‘Wow, that's a lot more than I expected’.”
Hang in with me. We’ll get back to this later.
I have been trying to calculate the number of times we have visited the Lafayette, LA, area. I know that there were three short trips before we bought the RV and at least four—if not, five—after we became nomads. But somehow the Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant in Washington (about 25 miles north of Lafayette) escaped our attention until it was recommended to us by a member of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The restaurant’s menu was posted on their website, so we had time to study it and arrive at a game plan—share three appetizers and one dessert. But upon seeing the day’s specials, Chuck (a.k.a. Mr. Potato) had to add a cup of the Loaded Baked Potato Soup. So this was added to the mix.
As our “first course” we had the soup along with an order of Shrimp Betsy—six large Gulf shrimp sauteed in olive oil, herbs, and spices and accompanied by bread for dipping. (Two were eaten before the photo was snapped.)
The soup had a thick—not “spoon stand up straight,” but thick nonetheless—cream base with some small recognizable pieces of potato and was topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream, bacon (real bacon) bits, and scallion tops.
It was time for course Number Two and here we have to give props to our server—Jade Buller. She waited until we had finished the soup and shrimp before asking the kitchen to send out our next two selections. This gave us a few minutes to savor what we had eaten and anticipate what was to come.
The next round included an order of two fried Crab and Crawfish Cakes made with fresh Louisiana white crabmeat and crawfish that was served with homemade remoulade. These appeared to have been battered before frying in a method that I can best describe as “chicken fried.” They were lightly seasoned and the sweetness of the shellfish was the predominant flavor.
Our fourth item was the Eggplant Belle Rose—two fried eggplant medallions topped with Louisiana crawfish, Gulf shrimp, and fresh crab meat, then smothered with a seafood sauce containing fresh bluepoint crabmeat. The eggplant had been lightly coated before frying and had a thin and crispy exterior.
Since we added a fourth appetizer, did we forgo dessert? Of course not. And shared a slice of Bananas Foster cheesecake.
And now back to Shaq’s mama. I had checked Urbanspoon for diner reviews and was a little concerned to read comments like “…food was fair. Over priced for the portion I received. Service was very slow. Wouldn't eat here again.” and “Food is overpriced. Portions are too small.” And “Very pricey!! The food was not great…”
Well, we disagree on all counts. The food was excellent and certainly not overpriced for the quality. And our server Jade was first rate.
So, as Mrs. O’Neal said “Wow, that's a lot more than I expected.” And earns 5.0 Addies.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.