Landry’s Seafood House threw open its doors in the French Quarter today — just a couple of days before the start of Lent, when many in New Orleans turn their stomachs to a more seafood-based diet for 40 days. It’s located in the JAX Brewery, only a couple blocks from Landry’s original French Quarter location, which operated for over 20 years.
Expect the standard Landry’s seafood fare (like blackened redfish étouffée and New Orleans barbecue shrimp), plus some items unique to the New Orleans area: Smoked onion butter snapper, blackened catfish Atchafalaya, smoked bacon-crusted scallops, shrimp and tasso pasta, crab-stuffed mahi, and bon temps shrimp and grits.
An oyster bar occupies the first floor, while the upper level has plenty of dining space plus major views of the city. One area looks over Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral, while another area looks over the Mississippi River.
The first Landry’s opened in Lafayette in 1947. This is the second New Orleans-area location for the seafood house, with the other located on Lake Pontchartrain.
Landry’s, Inc, the parent company of Landry’s Seafood House, has headquarters in Houston and owns and operates over 600 properties in 35 states and D.C. Among others, Landry’s, Inc. owns Saltgrass Steakhouse (which opened a location in Metairie in mid-December), Joe’s Crab Shack, Morton’s The Steakhouse, and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. The company owns aquariums in Houston, Denver, and other cities; several hotel properties; and many casinos.
The French Quarter’s Landry’s Seafood House is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.