Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kenny Ward's - Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Kenny Ward’s
1594 Government Street
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Monday-Thursday: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Closed Sundays

By Jane Feehan

Kenny Ward gets into the details at his place, whether it’s cooking, putting up Christmas decorations or personally greeting diners as they come through the door. His is a friendly little bistro, and the food definitely reflects that of a chef who takes pride in what he serves.

His lump crab cakes ($24) were excellent: mostly crab meat, no fillers, and barely any breadcrumbs. I also enjoyed a side order of sautéed spinach with just the right amount of garlic and a good house salad. My only complaint would be the main course portions are small, whether crab cakes or steak. Steaks are a popular choice at Kenny Ward’s and he serves some of those USDA Prime beauties in bubbling Maytag blue cheese sauce.

I finished the meal with a strawberry shortcake variation topped with fresh whipped cream and wonderfully sweet strawberries – something not commonly found in December.

Fresh fish, shrimp, poultry and other meat entrees make up the menu in this quietly sophisticated spot. A word about the martini bar: it’s set up the way a bar should be – a small square affair – conducive to socializing if one is so inclined.
Service: excellent. Moderately expensive. © 2009 All rights reserved.

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