Sunday, August 16, 2009

White Cap Seafood Restaurant Gulfport, Mississippi

White Cap Seafood Restaurant
560 Beach Blvd. (new location since Hurricane Katrina)
Gulfport, Mississippi 39507
Tuesday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
228-604-4444 (Note: Phone seems to be infrequently answered)

By Jane Feehan

(Also see Dec. 17, 2009 post for more details)

After nearly four years the White Cap Seafood Restaurant is back. As it did to so many other restaurants, Hurricane Katrina knocked this one out of its original location - dockside at the Gulfport small craft harbor. It’s now on Beach Boulevard with an unobstructed view of the Mississippi Sound. Best of all, the kitchen is turning out the same good food it has during its 37-year history.

I knew I was in for a treat when the dinner salad came out on a perfectly chilled plate. It was just about the freshest salad I’ve had along the Coast. Dressed in thinly sliced dill pickles and onions and with firm tomato wedges, the salad - with bleu cheese dressing on the side - set my taste buds on alert for the main course. I ordered lump meat crab cakes, which were made fresh and set atop a serving of perfectly cooked pasta with a white sauce. Quite toothsome, indeed. A signature White Cap hush puppy came with the dinner – the best I’ve had in years.

With oysters, shrimp, seafood platters, and po’boys aplenty, there’s something for everyone with nearly any sized pocketbook. This inexpensive restaurant offers a very casual setting. I recommend eating in the bar area for more atmosphere – no smoking. There are two large televisions for sports enthusiasts and a number of tables in that area. Service – good. Open, serving the same menu for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. © 2009

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