Bayou Classics: Shuck N Dive Cajun Café

 

It’s officially Mardi Gras season, and so I felt it was only appropriate to finally share with you about my love affair with Shuck N Dive. Situated in a nondescript shopping plaza off Federal Highway near downtown Fort Lauderdale, this lively Cajun café is one of our favorite restaurants in all of South Florida. The interior is decked out in LSU and New Orleans-style knick-knacks — and there’s always either zydeco music blasting through the speakers or a sports event shown on the bar’s TVs. My husband has also noted the “flashy”, shall we say, Bourbon Street photos that adorn the men’s bathroom walls.

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Boiled Crawfish

This has to be the restaurant we’ve visited the most since moving to Miami. And we can’t get enough of their food. We have our standards, like the 3-Way Oyster Platter (Black n’ Blues, Oyster Rockefeller and Oysters Bienville) and the pork boudin, which is flown in from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, a small town across the way from where I was born. There are also a few items we’ve tried only once, but overall enjoyed — fried pickles, naked chicken wings, red beans and rice. The “Larry” Cobb salad delivers a huge portion topped with chicken and Gulf shrimp, and during season they typically have boiled crawfish, most of which have been decent size.

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Crawfish Etouffee

I enjoy their hearty portion of crawfish etouffee, albeit it’s a creamier version than those you’ll find in Louisiana — and nearly every time I go to Shuck N Dive I have a cup (or bowl) of either their Country Gumbo (pulled chicken with andouille and okra) or their seafood gumbo (shrimp and sausage), which is probably my favorite dish they serve. Nine times out of ten my husband orders the fried gulf shrimp po’boy — he also asks for it to be tossed in buffalo sauce, which adds some nice heat to an already overstuffed sandwich.

A couple Abita or Nola Brewing beers and some Zapp’s chips, and you feel as though you’re in any old roadside dive in Louisiana. But here you won’t find a drive-thru daiquiri stand or snowballs for dessert. When we can’t make it to my hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana, or I’m not up for cooking my Cajun family’s recipes, Shuck N Dive certainly delivers that taste of home, no matter how far away.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Boston

 

My Top 5 Bites in Boston (described in 3 words)!

Our summer trip this year took us to Boston, Massachusetts. We spent a long weekend in this historic city walking the Freedom Trail, schooner sailing around the harbor, window shopping along Newbury Street and taking in a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Here are some of our favorite eats in Beantown.

 

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#5 — The Melt (at Wahlburgers): Juicy. Toasty. Cheesy.

 
 
 
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#4 — Lobster Roll (at Legal Harborside): Cold. Pure. Sumptuous.

 
 
 
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#3 — Clam Chowder (at Union Oyster House): Creamy. Steamy. Hearty.

 
 
 
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#2 — Chicken Parmigiana (at Panza): Tender. Tangy. Saucy.

 
 
 
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#1 — Amaretto Cannoli (at Mike’s Pastry): Nutty. Sweet. Perfection.

PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Italy

 

My Top 5 Bites on our Italian Honeymoon (described in 3 words!)

This month marks five years since we honeymooned in Italy. We spent 10 amazing days eating our way through Rome, Amalfi, Florence and Venice. Here’s a throwback to that trip and some of the edible highlights. You may even notice that one of these photos serves as Order Envy’s lead image!

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#5 — Curried Prawns (Grand Canal Restaurant, Venice): Peppery. Tender. Fresh.

 

 

 

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#4 — Osso Buco (Osteria Antica Sosta, Impruneta): Rich. Complex. Delicate.

 

 

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#3 — Tiramisu (L’Olimpo, Rome):  Creamy. Sweet. Caffeine.

 

 

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#2 — Neapolitan Cheese Pizza (Buca di Bacco Restaurant, Positano): Authentic. Doughy. Crust.

 

 

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#1 — Truffle-Mushroom Ravioli (Bellavista Ristorante, Impruneta): Hand-Crafted. Intensely. Flavorful.

 

HONORABLE MENTION:
Antipasti Platter from Coop supermarket, Impruneta

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