there will be roads with incomplete data…”
It was to be the day for pub food and we punched the address into our GPS. It was then that the Lady Who Lives in the Dashboard relayed the above ominous message. For some reason, she does not like Louisiana.
So we are driving around downtown Lake Charles trying to follow what limited directions she gave and found ourselves literally circling a block. We found the street but not the pub. So Chuck pulls out the phone. “What is the nearest cross street to your restaurant?” he asks. The person on the other end hangs up. He calls back. “We’re trying to find you. What is the nearest cross street?” Pause on the other end. Then a question—“Are you a telemarketer?” Forget this. It was Chuck’s turn to hang up. So what is our alternative?
I had a guide to the Lake Charles area and suggested that we head to The Boiling Point, a restaurant recommended by our RV park owner.
The Boiling Point’s menu offers what you would expect from a Cajun restaurant in these parts—lots of fried seafood (catfish, oysters, shrimp, and crawfish), poor boys, gumbo, and étouffée. Weekdays there is a lunch buffet and on weekends there is an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. Reactions to both buffets are mixed. Some on-line reviewers have referred to it as “nasty.” Other claim that it is the best food in Louisiana and a stop at The Boiling Point for the buffet is a must when traveling to or from Texas.
Chuck decided to order the Crawfish Platter that included a very small cup of seafood gumbo, an even smaller portion of salad (mostly iceberg lettuce), a crawfish pistolette, fried crawfish, and crawfish étouffée (for some reason spelled on the menu as A2-Fay).
The plate’s winner was the crawfish pistolette. I have never seen these other than in Louisiana. Basically, they are a roll about the size of the Louisiana rolls served at Steamboat Bill’s, although I have seen a few larger. After baking, the roll is either cut in half or cut with a pocket and filled with a spicy mixture of seafood, spices, and at times cheese. These are snacks that you eat out of hand and once you start you just can’t stop.
I followed the lead of our fellow diners and ordered three pounds of boiled crawfish. And I passed on the option to—at additional cost—add boiled potatoes and corn to the order.
So where do we go for our final lunch in the Lake Charles area? We stick with a winner and head back to Steamboat Bill’s, which, although this was a regular workday, was plenty busy at lunch.
So it is fitting that we leave Lake Charles on a high note following another 4.5 Addie meal at Steamboat Bill’s.
To review the role of Adler and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.