Saturday, September 10, 2011

Charlie's in Harahan

The sign says "Charles" but it's actually "Charlie's," I'm pretty sure

I've been wanting to check out Charlie's Seafood since I heard that it was bought and run by Frank and Mama Brigtsen of Brigtsen's Restaurant uptown, where we have had many excellent meals. It's a bit outside of New Orleans on Jefferson Highway- we got there via River Road which was a nice drive on a sunny day.

Charlie's is your basic seafood casual restaurant with top notch ingredients cooked expertly. Coming from the Brigtsens, I expected nothing less, and they did not disappoint. It was hard to decide- I mean, look at this menu! I was very tempted by the fried seafood plate, but my doctor's warning about avoiding fried food because of my high blood pressure was in my head so I ordered the seafood gumbo (chock full of oysters, shrimp, and andouille) and the UN-fried seafood plate which had: Grilled Fish with Shrimp and Crabmeat Bordelaise, Charlie's Baked Oysters, and Shrimp Cornbread. It was freaking awesome.


Platter o' awesome seafood
Tom got the Shrimp Calas, which are Creole Rice Fritters and also delicious. He also got the Fried Catfish and Grits, but was quite full after the first course of fried food.

Calas- that's a Creole rice fritter, doncha know.

Catfish-check, cheese grits- check, creole tomato sauce- check.
I have got to go back and try the actually fried seafood platter on a day that does not follow my eating several pieces of Leah Chase's delicious fried chicken. And also, like, all of the daily specials. And all the appetizers, like the "Dirty Boy" and the Meat Pies and Seafood Gratin and the Shrimp Remoulade and the Italian Salad. Po-Boys look good too...

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