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Ralph Brennan, of the city's well-known restaurant clan, owns this casual, high-energy grill. This festive atmosphere holds true to the city it inhabits. A large central dining room is surrounded on three sides by banquettes, and a huge oyster bar is covered with images of the seafood that is also the focus of the menu. The kitchen produces a delicious barbecue shrimp po'boy, seafood gumbo with nuggets of alligator sausage and baked oysters on the half shell. The signature dessert is a variation of bananas foster.
Homemade ice cream and wonderfully hand-crafted sodas lure folks into The Soda Shop. This casual John Besh café in the World War II Museum takes visitors back to the days of the counter-service soda shop. Besh uses artisan ingredients to create sweet treats, like the Steen's Cane Syrup cupcake, house-made marshmallow cream pie and Very Very Local Berry Shakes. Need something with a little more substance? Order one of The Soda Shop's sandwiches, like the grilled pimento with roasted jalapeno country ham, or the Bad Mamma Jamma with pork gravy. Moreover, breakfast is served daily.
Slim Goodies Diner is a neighborhood joint where guests can head for a quick breakfast. The interiors feature a medley of whimsical colors: glossy red sofas, olive green accents and grayish-blue walls, which are adorned with a plethora of clippings, posters, pictures and flags. The menu offers typical breakfast items like French toast, egg sandwich, cheese fries served with jalapeño peppers and bacon, pancake stacks and fruit cups. Each dish has attractive garnishes, thus increasing one's appetite. The fast service and the inexpensive prices make this a popular local eatery.