Roast beef po-boys at Quick Check, and coffee and beignets at Morning Call were must stops that were conveniently close to where we were working. For our last night we agreed we had to have seafood as it can only be done in New Orleans. No time for tourist joints like Ralph & Kacoo's - we wanted the real deal. From the number of restaurants where the locals eat, we chose River Shack Tavern on River Road in Jefferson.
In business since 1990 in its current rendition, this building has been around since the early 1900s. Over the years it's been a grocery store, a bar, a restaurant, a package liquor store, and a pharmacy. The hand painted signs on the building's exterior date back to the 1940s. It's a location full of history, and now filled with great food!
Signs from the building's past
Tacky ashtrays can still be traded for drinks at the bar.
Guy Fieri brought his Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives show here a few years back, as evidenced by the signed poster on the wall. That show featured the turtle soup which is a sometimes daily special. That dish wasn't offered the evening we visited, so we opted for a plate of fried mushrooms to get us primed for the main event, the seafood platter.
The host of my favorite food show was here!
Chipping away at a mound of seafood
I only brought my little Canon A2000 on this trip. As I said, this wasn't a trip for sightseeing. This little point and shoot does a good job, except in the dim light of a New Orleans tavern. Matt questioned my sanity of "taking pictures in the dark" without using the flash, but not wanting to ruin the ambiance of the place for the other patrons by popping a flash, I decided to push the little Canon to its limits with some interior shots anyway. Of course it couldn't match either of my Olympus DSLRs in those conditions, but I got a few usable shots to remember a good meal and an enjoyable evening. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Everyone here is a Saints fan - believe dat!
Vintage signs and pictures decorate the walls
A big-screen TV: a concession to the 21st century for sports fans
Rivershack's bar stools have unique legs