Spicy food is a great way to separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls, and the girls from the boys if they get too rowdy at coed canoe camp. Come of age with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Cajun fare at Blue Parrot Bar & Grille.
Voted Best Cajun Restaurant for seven years running by Delaware Today, Blue Parrot Bar & Grille channels New Orleans spice into a hearty menu of authentic Cajun cuisine. Like astronomy professors who bought too much seafood at Costco, patrons can illustrate the solar system's succulent organization by revolving lightly battered Cajun calamari ($8.25) around a radiant constellation of spicy Voodoo shrimp ($9.95). The Southern fried-chicken salad ($10.95) invokes Christmas-tree panache by adorning romaine lettuce in a tinsel of assorted shredded cheeses and seasonal vegetables. If the French toast ($8.95) available during Sunday brunch or the restaurant's arsenal of half-pound burgers don’t trip guests' triggers, a blackened redfish filet ($18.95) uses a glistening lure of lemon-tarragon butter and tender grilled veggies to silence hunger pangs faster than a librarian with nunchuks.
Mardi Gras–themed ambiance prevails throughout the eatery, which boasts walls slathered in royal-blue and burnt-orange hues, accented by artsy French Quarter photographs, bead-strewn candelabras, and a sizeable outdoor patio. An almost daily schedule of live blues music imbues the air with the clamor of a jazzy carnival free from rigged games of chance or heavily bearded women.
Blue Parrot Bar & Grille
From the strains of live blues resonating through its walls to the spicy kick of its habañero Voodoo shrimp, Blue Parrot Bar & Grille recreates the freewheeling, vivacious vibe of a New Orleans nightclub. Guests sip colorful mojitos and hurricanes as they dig into Creole and Cajun specialties, including étouffée, red beans and rice, gumbo, and jambalaya. Live bands primarily capture the gazes of diners, although the restaurant’s decor is interesting on its own. Murals, carnival masks, and posters evoke lively Bourbon Street scenes and Mardi Gras celebrations; outside, a brick patio surrounds guests with fountains, canna plants, and a large mural of a French Quarter–style inn.