Luby’s Catch of the Day
16 years ago Matt Menefee Comments Off on Luby’s Catch of the Day
I love seafood. I grew up in West Texas, where beef and chicken were normal mealtime items. Shrimp, however, was a rarity, and lobster was as pricey as gold. Maybe since I got to enjoy seafood on so few occasions, I now love it so much. Whatever the reason I think seafood is incredible.Now if you live in Houston or any major city, seafood is relatively easy to come by. But here in Huntsville, it is dang near impossible to find. Huntsville has the Catfish Place, Long John Silvers, and The Junction, but these diverse menus do not allow them to show customers how good seafood can be.Just across town on Interstate 45, Luby’s Seafood stands as a beacon of hope in Huntsville’s waves of fast food and pre-packaged chain restaurants.Now, I know what you are saying. “Luby’s” and “Seafood”the two just don’t seem to fit together. Let me tell you how this came to be.Luby’s Seafood is the first of its kind, a test restaurant that is essentially being run by the Pappas family. Yes, the Pappas family, the reigning kings of fine dining, the owners of Pappasito’s, Pappadeaux’s, Pappas’s Barbecue, Burgers, Seafood, and probably a lot more I don’t even know about. However, Luby’s Seafood is not being run by some money-grubbing corporate lackeys; instead, a bunch of folks that really know seafood are pouring their heart and soul into this place, and it shows.O.K. Now that you know about this place, let me tell you about what’s really important–the food. Last Tuesday, the Entertainment Editor, her fiance, a photographer, and myself decided to sample the wares of Luby’s Seafood. An account of our dining experience follows.When you walk through the front door, you are put at ease almost immediately. The dcor chosen for the restaurant’s interior is very calm and laid-back, with just the right amount of class. Earth-tone greens, wooded browns, and natural colors, give a warm feel to the place.The menu, like many Luby’s, is posted on the wall. You order yourself, are given a ticket, get your own drink, and then are seated by an employee. In very little time, the food appears. Luby’s Seafood has got its service down to Swiss-like precision.The menu is an eclectic mix of very fresh seafood, ranging from shrimp and crawfish, to mahi mahi and snow crab legs. Prices range from $6 to $20 a meal.We sampled a chicken caesar salad, blackened shrimp, a fried shrimp and crawfish platter, and a plate of fried catfish. Let me say first off, all the condiments, side dishes and the fries were incredibly good and freshly prepared. The fries were some of the best that I have ever had.The entres deliciousness followed suite, with the crawfish being breaded just the right amount, and the blacked shrimp being some of the plumpest shrimp I have seen this far from the coast.The chicken caesar was the only thing not prepared to perfection. The chicken was grilled perfectly and the caesar dressing had a wonderful flavor, but on this day the lettuce just wasn’t as crisp as it could have been. It seemed a little limp. However, don’t take the limp lettuce as indicative of the overall quality because everything we saw and tasted was incredible.Luby’s Seafood also serves a homemade Key Lime pie that was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.Great seafood and great prices–it doesn’t get any better here in Huntsville.So, the next time you want really good seafood, don’t drive to Houston, and definitely don’t order fresh Maine lobster delivered to your dorm on the emergency credit card Dad gave you. Go to Luby’s Seafood.It is definitely the catch of the day.