Sunday, April 25, 2010

Confusion - Gulfport, Mississippi

162 Tegarden Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39507
Lunch: M-F 11:30 a.-m - 2 p.m.
Dinner Tuesday-Saturday: 5:30-9:30
Closed Sunday

By Jane Feehan

Located not far off the beach in Gulfport, Confusion clearly earns kudos for its ambiance and food. It’s reminiscent of New Orleans with large posters of Louis Armstrong, Congo Square and abstract art scattered throughout a colorful room with walls painted in orchid, rusty red or aqua. Confusion is urbane, casual and unique.

The menu is predominantly seafood with a hint of Louisiana – Barbequed Shrimp and Grits, Speckled Trout en Papillote, and several blackened fish entrees. Steak and pasta dishes are also available but the menu is limited – a wise move in a small establishment.

We started off with Ginger Shrimp ($9) – six large shrimp lightly battered in bread crumbs and served with a ginger sauce; it was a tasty start. From there it was a seafood linguine and a blackened mahi mahi – both about $21. The generous portion of pasta came with bits of wilted spinach, fresh pureed and flavorful tomatoes, and plenty of shrimp topped off with a dollop of warm goat cheese. The mahi mahi, perfectly blackened, was served atop sweet potato fries and with an accompaniment of properly wilted spinach. I would have preferred a more creative potato choice, but the meal was enjoyable.

The dessert list included crème broulee, a flourless chocolate cake, or bread pudding. We chose the crème broulee. The caramelized glaze was done to perfection with a few blueberries added for color but the rest of the dish, the custard, was a bit too cool, nearly cold.

Proprietors Martin and Erin Burn offer a full bar and plenty of vodka choices for martini lovers as well as an interesting array of wines. Service – good. Confusion  - warm, friendly and one-of- a-kind - is now on my list of Gulf Coast favorites. and  © Jane Feehan All rights reserved.

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