The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana-state quarter from your ear. Today’s Groupon presents another option when there are no illusionists handy: for $15, you get $30 worth of Creole-Floridian fusion fare at Barney’s Boathouse in Scottsdale.
Barney’s Boathouse blends flavors from New Orleans and Key West on a menu of casual fried fare that harkens back to the restaurant’s origin as a dockside food destination. Diners wrap their pincers around a bucket of a Louisiana crawfish ($9.99) before diving mouth-first into dishes such as Key West fish tacos ($8.99) laden with crispy breaded cod and avocados. Boldly ignoring the coastal barriers that estrange land from sea, the aged, charbroiled sirloin ($16.95) has it both ways with a stuffing of mushrooms and crabmeat. Towers of tender pulled pork, creamy mac 'n' cheese, and sautéed onions balance on the This Pork is Cheesy! sandwich ($8.99), which bears the same grilled sourdough groundwork as Florida’s earliest Spanish missions.
Fried sea candies boost bellies alongside libations from the full bar, where friendly bartenders pour specialty cocktails such as the minty cuban mojito ($7.50). The three-story restaurant and hangout boasts televisions for weekend game viewing and a rooftop bar with unobstructed views of high-noon shootouts in Old Town Scottsdale.
Barney’s Boathouse imports the party atmosphere and culinary traditions of New Orleans and Key West into its three-story restaurant and bar. The menu merges traditional Cajun dishes such as fried alligator tail and crawfish with classic pub cuisine, including eight creative burgers and six shareable pizzas. Beyond tropical flavors, the bar cultivates a beach-party vibe every night with regular trivia contests, live DJs, and votes to cast dining partners off the island.