Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hannah's and Pig Out BBQ

Hannah’s Seafood
393 North Hwy 171
Moss Bluff, LA
Wednesday - Saturday 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM $1-$17
Sunday 12:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Located in the Bronco Stop this establishment seems to have broken the curse on this site. They tried out different times until settling down to their current venue. One thing they eliminated was lunch. I had a particularly fine shrimp stew before they switch to dinner hours only. This is a family owned and run restaurant and boil house. Some menu items are family recipes. Service is casual and homey with no frills i.e. Styrofoam. With the new tables it exudes a camp on the bayou feel.
Their Corn, Crab, and Shrimp Bisque is more like good macque choux. Thick with no cream or roux it contains loads of corn, tomato and seafood with great flavor and a spicy kick. The Seafood File Gumbo also contains no roux and has lots of crab and shrimp. It seemed to me that the file had been cooked into the broth. It gave it a weird appearance although the flavor was good.
One time I ordered some raw oysters and marinated ones. For the raw I received shucked oyster in a Styrofoam bowl. A bit unusual but it tasted fine. The marinated ones consisted of raw oysters in Italian dressing with sliced raw onions, bell pepper, and jalapenos. They could have benefited by a longer soak. However the marinade had picked up some lovely oyster flavor. I crumbled crackers into it after eating the oysters, delicious. I ate their Seafood Platter next. It had shrimp, oysters and catfish on it. The coating were appropriate to the seafood i.e. shrimp -flour coating, oysters and catfish -corn meal. The catfish was especially good. They do seem to have a slight problem with some of the pre-made products they use. The hush puppies were undercooked and the onion rings slightly overcooked. I am sure they have that down pat by now.
Last run was through the drive thru for boiled crawfish. The seasoning had a strong lemon pepper component in addition to the normal spicy flavor. I liked it a lot. The only problem was that it was early in the season and they had used unsorted field grade that day. The size varied widely and the small ones were overcooked
All the minor problems are just that, minor. I am sure they have been adjusted. For a family not familiar with running restaurant they are not doing half bad. Their home style cooking is a refreshing change from standard restaurant recipes

Pig Out Barbecue
1680 Sam Houston Jones Parkway
Moss Bluff, LA
Monday - Friday 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM $1-$15
Not much to look at. It seems to be an abandoned rickety trailer on the side of the road. However they are open and doing some decent food. It is a take away joint only and plentiful. I got a three-meat combo, as is my wont at places like this. There was so much food that it had to go into two large Styrofoam clamshells. One was for the half chicken and the other contained ribs, sausage, potato salad, beans, roll and a piece of pineapple cake. The meat had been slow cooked, tender, and juicy with little smoky flavor. An old fashion BBQ flavor using a Jack Miller or Pig Stand type of sauce predominated. The beans were right out of the can and the salad a decent “mashed style”. For a filling if not spectacular meal step right up

No comments: