Thursday, April 8, 2010

Farradday's at Isle of Capri Hotel and Casino - Biloxi, Mississippi

Isle of Capri Hotel and Casino
151 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS
Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5-10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 5 – 11 p.m.

By Jane Feehan

Before and right after Hurricane Katrina, Farraddy’s occupied a spot in the Isle of Capri overlooking the water – a great vista with a friendly bar. Since then, it’s moved to another part of the hotel without a view but that can be forgiven. The staff tries to please here and the food is good. Lots of locals dine at Farradday’s for special occasions.

On my last visit I supped on seafood: Wahoo interestingly wrapped in strips of paper thin potato and set atop a bed of fresh asparagus - good. I passed on a salad this time; salads here are oversized - enough for two. If you’re tempted by bread, Farradday’s delivers some tasty morsels in three different varieties. Nice start to a meal.

I usually order garlic mashed potatoes and wish I had stuck to that routine. Instead I asked for the sweet potato casserole. It was overloaded with chopped pecans; I couldn’t find the potatoes for the nuts. Forget that dish. I’ll also pass on their southern dessert concept of fried strawberries in a Melba sauce. The berries were juicy but the batter was crusted in far too much sugar - solid white - and topped with so-so whipped cream. This dish may have been much better with an undressed batter coating.

A few stumbles at Farradday’s on this visit but I’ll be back. The food is usually good and the service is terrific. They serve steaks, prime rib, chicken, pork, and lobster ($17-35) as well as a great choice of appetizers (about $10-14) to make an entire meal from. Diners are welcome at their very attractive granite-topped bar.

If you self park, don’t get turned off by the dirty garage lobby and elevators. Otherwise valet park. There’s no excuse for dirty floors and carpet as a way to greet clientel. Clean it already, Isle of Capri, or paint the walls and replace the carpet. Geesh. It's like your customers don't matter. © 2010 Jane Feehan All rights reserved.

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