Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fresh Seafood in Springdale

Recently after church, Larry and I decided to get some lunch. On the way home, we chose Pappadeaux's Seafood Kitchen. We've driven by many times and Larry was in the mood for fish...so why not?! 

It's a pretty cool interior - there's a loft with nets and boxes and such. I was surprised at how large it was inside!

The menu is huge - but because of the prices - we strictly stuck to the lunch menu. There were a lot of interesting options - many with a Cajun twist: alligator, frog legs, gumbo, etouffee and more!

As I mentioned - it's big inside! There are a couple of separate spaces for parties but for the most part - one giant open room.

The portion sizes are quite nice as well - the neighboring table had onion rings - it was enough for at least 4 people!

Larry is basically addicted to shrimp cocktail - so we got some of that to start ($8.95). They were really big and had some very fresh horseradish in the shrimp sauce. We liked them but at $1.50 a shrimp - they were a bit pricey (trend starting).

They also brought fresh baked bread with ice cold butter. Grrrrrr - long time readers know how I feel about this.

Larry went for the Ginger Salmon ($15.95). It was really good - he's not a big green bean fan and wished he'd swapped out for broccoli - but the salmon was cooked nicely.

I was a bit more adventurous and tried the Tilapia Lafayette ($17.95). I have to just list the ingredients because it was pretty complex: Grilled tilapia topped with fresh lump crabmeat, shrimp, tomatoes,
capers & basil in beurre blanc, with spaghetti squash.

I don't normally get tilapia because it's a fairly cheap fish - but all the toppings made it something I had to try. The tilapia was fine - cooked well but not overdone. The crab was really sweet and delicious - I do love crab. Then the sauce was so light but full of flavor - really paired well with the fish. It didn't overwhelm the delicate crab. And my favorite part was the spaghetti squash - it was really sweet! The texture was akin to mashed potatoes but so sweet and felt healthier. I really enjoyed this dish.

I also was conscious of serving size and kept half of mine for the next day - I heated it up for lunch with some of Larry's green beans and had a lot of drooling coworkers stopping by my desk!

We did also order garlic bread ($3.45) - not knowing they were bringing bread to the table at first. If we'd known - we wouldn't have ordered it. And shockingly for freshly baked bread - it was a bit stale.

Why Should You Go? Well - it's pricey - so I would definitely keep it as a special occasion restaurant. The seafood was well-prepared and unique. We didn't really try any of the Cajun fare and they also have a large selection of fried seafood. We might be back...after a bonus at work or something.

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