After properly cooking a lobster, its once-brown exoskeleton turns bright red, letting chefs know that it's both ready to serve and profoundly embarrassed for showing up without pants. Make a meal of deliciously mortified seafood with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of seafood at Sammy's Seafood Restaurant.
Sammy's chefs harness the flavors of the briny deep to craft a menu of fresh seafood platters and creole specialties. Limber chomping muscles with offerings from the oyster bar ($7.95/half dozen) or by saying "my chomping muscles are limber" every time you blink. Fishmongers heap seafood platters with a quintet of fresh, fried Louisiana seafood, including soft-shell crab and catfish ($21.90). Nosh on broiled lobster anointed with fresh crabmeat dressing ($33.95 for two tails), or sample surf 'n' turf platters, which present an amphibious dining experience second only to sharing a sandwich with Aquaman in the desert. Louisiana creole dishes channel the culinary traditions of the Gulf Coast, laying the foundation for dishes such as jambalaya ($13.90) and crawfish étoufée ($14.75).
Inside Sammy's Seafood Restaurant, wood accents and emerald lights play catch with light particles. Narrow sections of exposed-brick wall play peekaboo with patrons, and a winding staircase lends the whole atmosphere a charming quality and can be easily scaled by persons with slightly longer right legs.
Sammy's Seafood Restaurant
Sammy's Seafood Restaurant sits at the center of the French Quarter, surrounded by 18th-century buildings and iron balconies that personify the district. A candy-stripe awning shields a dining patio, filtering sunrays and airborne Mardi Gras beads while offering a view of Bourbon Street's perennial foot traffic. In this quaint setting, chefs prepare fried alligator and crawfish étoufée, just two of the seafood dishes on the creole-inspired menu. Blackened, fried, and heavily spiced dishes comprise the majority of options, hearkening Cajun preparation techniques. Patrons who dine indoors find themselves in a cozy dining room flanked by wooden walls and a brick fireplace.