Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Shady's - Biloxi, Mississippi

Shady’s Global Grill
Pass Road, Biloxi

In the dark days after Hurricane Katrina there were many of us who were thankful for Shady’s; it was one of the few places open to get a good, hot meal. A funky sculptured head of a pirate sat boldly at the bar with a sign hung from its neck stating “Katrina sucks.” That the same pirate head now has another sign suggesting “Oyster Shots” is testimony to Biloxi’s recovery from the historic storm.

Shady’s clearly reflects the Thai influence of its previous owner. The menu has plenty of Asian items – lettuce wraps (spicy and worth a few trips back), Thai Spring rolls, Asian dumplings and coconut milk soup. All good. But a better description of Shady’s food would be eclectic. They serve fresh seafood, including sautéed blue crab fingers that get high marks; BBQ pork, Louisiana crawfish tails, calamari, fried pickles, seafood combos, pork ribs and oysters.

Since Katrina, they’ve added additional patio dining – and best of all – a separate bar area for smokers. There’s another Shady’s in Ocean Springs on Government Street. The owner is opening one more eatery (of a different name) also in Ocean Springs in a few months that will offer a more upscale menu with good wines - something Shady's doesn't pour now. Service: good. © 2009 all rights reserved.

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