laniloa Posted August 26, 2007 Share Posted August 26, 2007 Just back from a conference in Biloxi, Mississippi. At the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. A different feel then most government meetings.Not a lot has re-opened post-Katrina and the area is still in shambles. We asked for recommendations outside the casino for dinner and were given a list of chains as they have corporate backing to help with rebuilding. After some more asking around, we were sent to McElroy's in Ocean Springs (one exit east on I-10). This is an informal seafood place right on the bayou. I went with the daily special of broiled shrimp. They seemed far too small for the fresh Gulf shrimp a lot of local places usually feature but they were very tasty. Just done and well seasoned. Served with a baked potato and salad for $15. McElroy's had a Biloxi location that was still in shambles. The sign out front said re-opening soon but there were no signs of construction work.I walked out on the commercial fishing pier, the first one rebuilt after the storm. The others still have pieces of dock missing and a lot of visible debris in the water that would make navigation hazardous. There were about a dozen shrimpers at the docks. Room for more then twice that. The fisherman I spoke with said it has been a good season so far but that the shrimp are running on the small size. I told him about my dinner and he pointed to one of the other boats and said they were the ones who sold to McElroy's and that they were definitely fresh Gulf shrimp.Went to a fish fry another night and the light cornmeal breaded fried shrimp there were the sort of bigger Gulf shrimp I expect. These were right off the boat and unbelievable. Had my first pickled crab claws. I'd never seen this before. A bowl full of tiny claws with the first knuckle of meat exposed. They were prepped like ceviche in lime juice with a splash of vinegar and garlic. Very, very tasty. The rest of the crab is picked for lump meat. Eaten at a park with a platform over the bayou in D'Iberville. Couldn't ask for a better setting. Almost, but not quite, made me want to like oysters. The marine patrol guys were scarfing those down. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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