Despite what you may think, not all fried shrimp are created equal. In New Orleans, the quality of the plump, Gulf Coast shrimp are hard to beat, but it’s our special blends of spices and methods of frying that really set the bar high. Whether you like ‘em dusted in flour or cornmeal, dipped in remoulade sauce or served with fries, here are five places whose fried shrimp are out of this world.
Fried Shrimp Favorites
1. Deanie’s – There are plenty of delicious eats in the French Quarter, but treating yourself to some fried seafood should be at the top of your list. Located on Iberville Street, Deanie’s serves up a fried shrimp dinner with plump, tail-on Gulf shrimp, thick-cut fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce, and ketchup. Complimentary crab-boiled potatoes before the meal are a delicious bonus.
2. Parkway Bakery and Tavern – Considered by many locals as having the best po-boys in the city, Parkway Tavern in Mid-City is the place to get golden, fried shrimp piled high on crusty French bread. Order it “dressed” — which at Parkway means mayonnaise, lettuce, pickles, and tomato — and see why this sandwich is not only a Tavern favorite, but a winner of Gambit’s coveted “Best of Awards.”
3. Remoulade – Advertised as the “Casual side of Arnaud’s,” Remoulade offers some of the best fried seafood you’ll find in town. And their fresh, never frozen fried shrimp are especially delicious due to a batter of flour, buttermilk, whole milk, and a secret blend of spices that they make in house. They spend about five minutes dancing in hot oil before the golden crustaceans are tossed in a basket with French fries, a slice of lemon for squeezing and some of Arnaud’s famous remoulade sauce for excessive dipping.
4. Liuzza’s by the Track – This true neighborhood restaurant in Mid-City is a place where everyone is treated like one of the regulars. Cozy up to the bar with a cold beer and a plate full of their cornmeal and cornflour (gluten free!) fried shrimp. There’s no telling how many shrimp come in an order because they just “pile ’em on” served with ample coleslaw, fries, and garlic bread. Substitute sweet potato fries or veggies for those of you with New Year’s resolutions.
5. Katie’s – This family-owned gem in Mid-City boasts shrimp in many forms on their menu, from buttery barbecue shrimp (another New Orleans favorite) to the Remmy Stack, a mix of fried green tomatoes, grilled shrimp, and remoulade. Their fried shrimp are butterflied with the tails on and dipped in regular flour, seasoned egg wash, and then dipped again in seasoned corn flour with a little cornmeal for extra crunch. Served hot with fries, coleslaw, and lots of N’awlins love.