Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant Unveils Expanded Menu, Updated Classics, More Sampling Options
NEW ORLEANS – A powerhouse in fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood offerings with two restaurants in New Orleans and a brick-and-mortar and online seafood market, Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants have expanded their restaurant menus to provide a wider variety of options to sample fresh wild Louisiana seafood.
Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant and Market in Bucktown, 1713 Lake Ave., in Metairie, also has expanded its hours and now is open seven days per week. The restaurant had been closed Mondays since Hurricane Katrina.
The Bucktown restaurant also has added a weekday happy hour, Monday – Friday, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., offering half-price appetizers, house wines, draft beers and mixed drinks.
Deanie’s is recognized as one of the best seafood restaurants in New Orleans and is known for serving hearty portions of fried, boiled and broiled seafood prepared in Deanie’s signature Creole seasonings, restaurant reps said. Some of its top sellers include New Orleans barbeque shrimp, boiled crawfish and shrimp, po-boys, and its famous Giant Seafood Platter, featuring soft shell crab, shrimp, oysters, catfish and crawfish balls.
Deanie’s offers certified “Louisiana Wild” seafood and made-from-scratch recipes including everything from its housemade salad dressings to desserts.
Deanie’s Seafood has been in business for more than 55 years and has been owned since 1982 by Barbara Chifici and operated by the Chifici family, who celebrated their 35th year of operations on April 26. The restaurant’s second location in the French Quarter opened in 2001 at 841 Iberville St. Mrs. Chifici and her late husband Frank also operated the former Chifici’s on Magazine Street in New Orleans and Gromboli’s on Veteran’s Boulevard, in Metairie, in the early 1980s.
“We’re grateful to be a part of New Orleans’ storied culinary history by providing Louisiana seafood from our family recipes for generations of New Orleanians,” said Deanie’s Seafood proprietor Barbara Chifici.
Deanie’s Seafood continues the tradition of serving up beloved family recipes featuring the freshest Louisiana seafood available with its latest menu update, restaurant reps said. The new menu adds classic Louisiana items such as traditional crawfish bisque and stuffed mushrooms; some standards from Deanie’s menus of old, such as a Caesar salad, Italian salad and calamari wedge salad; and new twists, including crabmeat nachos over fresh cut fried potato chips and New Orleans barbeque oysters. The restaurants also have expanded their a la carte offerings to include crawfish étouffée, crabmeat au gratin, soft shell crab, crawfish balls, stuffed crab, stuffed shrimp, crab balls, mac n’ cheese and more.
“We are excited to give our customers more options to sample some of our most popular dishes and reintroduce items, such as our crawfish bisque, that are past Deanie’s favorites,” said Deanie’s manager Darren Chifici. “We also brought in a variety of healthier side options.”
Deanie’s fresh catch, featuring Gulf fish such as redfish, grouper and trout, can be ordered broiled, grilled or fried with toppings such as crawfish étouffée, lump crabmeat or fried oysters. Meanwhile, “A Taste of Deanie’s” offers a sampling of a choice of three of Deanie’s signature dishes, including crawfish étouffée, crawfish bisque, seafood gumbo and soup of the day. The new menu also incorporates more items available in Deanie’s Seafood Market in Bucktown, such as stuffed artichokes, available at the Bucktown restaurant location, and calamari wedge salad.
Deanie's Seafood was the first restaurant and seafood market in the Greater New Orleans region to have earned Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 2014.
Since 2010, Deanie’s has delivered an outdoor crawfish and music festival, Pinch-A-Palooza, at its location in Bucktown. The eighth annual Pinch-A-Palooza Festival and Crawfish Eating Contest took place Sun., April 23 and featured performances by Flow Tribe, Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys, Rockin’ Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters, Vince Vance & The Valiants and The Sheik with Resurrection.
Deanie’s restaurants and seafood market are open seven days a week.