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Visiting the Crescent City by way of Florissant

We stayed away from further fried appetizers by going with a bowl of the Mumbo Gumbo (one of three gumbos offered) and the peel-and-eat shrimp, both of which continued the theme of big portions at value prices. The gumbo was something like 90 to 95 percent solid ingredients -- small crab claws scattered on top, with bay shrimp and chunks of chicken and sausage mixed with rice underneath -- and the remainder a rich reddish-brown liquid. The shrimp numbered about 16, medium in size with a fairly standard shrimp-boil spicing that seemed to have just a hint of cayenne thrown in for emphasis.

You select one of seven sides with each entrée, and I was hip to the fried okra but negative on New Orleans By-You's version of red beans and rice, which was entirely too garlicky for my taste. Fries, coleslaw, hush puppies, dirty rice and creamed corn are the other choices.

On-menu desserts include two pies and bread pudding, and a buttermilk pie -- more of a tartlet -- was also offered on one of our visits. The "Georgie Porgie" pie was a kick -- cake, coconut, nuts and chocolate filling, tossed together like a sweet-tooth version of jambalaya -- and the buttermilk pie was rich without being too heavy. The bread pudding was OK, but the juxtaposition of cool lemon sauce on warm bread pudding was a little jarring.

New Orleans By-You: the Crescent City by way of Florissant
Jennifer Silverberg
New Orleans By-You: the Crescent City by way of Florissant

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New Orleans By-You

35 Florissant Oaks Shop Center
Florissant, MO 63031-3934

Category: Restaurant >

Region: Florissant

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Shrimp-and-cheese loaf $6.50
King Cheese fries $5.75
Fried alligator $6.50
Peel-and-eat shrimp $8.50
Mumbo gumbo $5/$6.25
Crab cakes $9.50
Shrimp and catfish $9

314-838-4048. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tue.-Sat.

35 Florissant Oaks Shopping Center (Lindbergh at Patterson)

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And for those who've always wanted to be a critic, an integral part of the New Orleans By-You experience is filling out a notecard at the end of your meal. The nice ones ring the dining room, indicating that dozens of folks up Florissant way are quite happy that there's a taste of New Orleans by them.

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