The sun melts into the horizon, leaving a bright-orange band of sky in its wake that gives way to a deep-blue Texas night. Twinkling lights wrapped around the windmill flicker on as ebullient music fills Fish Camp's outdoor patio, to the delight of diners savoring their desserts in the open air. Such evenings are hardly a rarity at the restaurant, which beckons guests to its quiet countryside location with a menu of seafood and traditional Southern comfort food.
Inside the buzzing kitchen, chefs whip up mouthwatering dishes featuring aquatic ingredients such as clear-water, farm-raised catfish and gulf prawns. The chefs also assemble platefuls of comfort food using traditional recipes from across the South, ranging from Texas toothpicks and Cajun-style blackened tilapia to Kentucky-bourbon pecan pie. Young diners can frolic on the deck and partake in casual fishing to retrieve lost contact lenses, and local musicians assemble on Friday and Saturday nights to delight patrons with live performances.
Creole and Mexican culinary traditions are a natural fit for one another. Both rely on a healthy dose of spice, and both elevate comfort food. At The Oyster Bar and Grille, chefs draw on the region’s bounty of seafood as well as a range of Mexican recipes. They fill homemade tacos with hot crawfish and batter farm-raised catfish in homemade corn-meal mix. Splashes of champagne make mesquite-grilled oysters sparkle at tables in the dining room, where surfboards and lifebuoys adorn the wall. Murals of beach scenes seem to admit warming sunshine, and an aquarium lets amateur scuba divers practice looking a fish in the eye. High-top tables and stools around the full bar comfortably situate diners, who can also carry po’ boys and oysters on the half shell to the outdoor patio.
Part of Bergeron’s Boudin and Cajun Meats of Shreveport’s name, it’s not surprising that boudin, a variety of sausages, is found throughout the butcher shop’s selection of foods. Shoppers can pick boudin up as seafood or pork links, as deep-fried boudin balls, or stuffed inside whole chickens and cornish hens. And, fortunately for lovers of stuffed meats, there are many more options to choose from, including rabbit packed with pork stuffing and hamburgers that, like bagel-shaped piñatas, conceal a spicy core of jalapeño cream cheese. The selection of sides and appetizers also follows in the Cajun style. Patrons can build party-worthy spreads with cracklins, spinach artichoke dip, and piquante potatoes.
From seafood tempura and beef teriyaki to hibachi-style dinners built around snapper, veggies, and lobster tail, the menu at Hana Steak Seafood & Sushi hits all the classic highlights of Japanese food. The menu centers around more than 50 rolls, ranging from traditional entries such as cucumber and california rolls to unorthodox selections like the Dancing Lobster, which tries to serve you. To complement the kitchen's Japanese flavors, Hana's bar stocks a generous selection of beer, wine, and sake.