Blue Bayou Dinner by the River, Tues., July 29

We had dinner reservations for 6:40 pm at Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square and arrived a little early. We last ate there for a late lunch during our Easter vacation at Disneyland and wrote about it starting here on the travel blog, as well as posting pictures (that’s a multi-page report… click on the link at the upper right of that page to see more).

Back then we had a table next to the river — but it was also next to the door to the kitchen, with a lot of light spilling in from there, and we were all the way on the right side of the dining area as you’re looking at the river. This time we also asked for a table on the river but got an even better one: on the other side, with a great view of the swamp shack across the river and a boat right near our table on the other side of the wrought-iron railing.

The last time we ordered from the lunch menu but this time we chose from items on the dinner menu.

For my drink, I ordered the Pirate Punch: “Minute Maid Light Raspberry Lemonade in a souvenir “pirate” cup with lighted clip-on figurine: Tinker Bell or Captain Hook (subject to availability).” I chose Captain Hook. The drink was delicious and even the straw was magical — changing color as it gets colder. For $6.49 it included refills — and the Captain Hook figurine which was attached to the straw is still bringing memories to me because I have it facing me under at my computer monitor at work.

Here is the rest of the menu:

Appetizers

Isla Cruces Crab Cakes – Pan seared, then topped with mango salad and zesty lime aioli $11.99

Gulf-Stream Jumbo Shrimp Remoulade – Creole boiled, chilled, and served with a traditional Louisiana-style remoulade $9.99

Entrees

Each entree served with Cajun-inspired wedge salad or a cup of our signature New Orleans gumbo.

Split Plate Charge $5.00

Port Royal Mahi Mahi – broiled and accompanied with lightly sauteed pecan-crusted jumbo gulf shrimp, spinach and endive, tossed in a light lemon vinaigrette $30.99

Five-Pepper Roast New York – Seasoned with the Chef’s signature pepper rub blend, then slow roasted over rock salt. Choice of two sides: Blue Bayou potatoes, seasonal vegetables or sauteed spinach. $33.99

Royal Street Seafood Jambalaya – A robust combination of king crab, jumbo gulf shrimp, mahi mahi, tasso ham, andouille sausage, and chicken, tossed with Cajun-style “dirty rice” $28.99

Bayou Surf & Turf – A succulent, sweet petite lobster tail from the Pacific Northwest, paired with an expertly broiled filet mignon, sauce bearnaise. Choice of two sides: Blue Bayou potatoes, seasonal vegetables or sauteed spinach. $39.99

Filet Mignon – Broiled to perfection and topped with sauce bearnaise. Choice of two sides: Blue Bayou potatoes, seasonal vegetables or sauteed spinach. $36.99

Portobello Mushroom and Couscous Maque Choux – Marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette, then broiled and served with roasted corn and bell-pepper couscous and sauteed spinach. $27.99

Tesora Island Chicken – Blackened, roasted and finished to perfection in pan au jus. Choice of two sides: Blue Bayou potatoes, seasonal vegetables or sauteed spinach. $27.99

Buccaneer’s Beef Short Ribs – slow-roasted, then finished in a Zinfandel demi glaze. Choice of two sides: Blue Bayou potatoes, seasonal vegetables or sauteed spinach. $29.99

Cajun-Spiced Salmon – Blackened, with citrus crawfish beurre blanc. Choice of two sides: Blue Bayou potatoes, seasonal vegetables or sauteed spinach. $29.99

Desserts

Each treasured treat comes with a “Pirates” booty keepsake!

Tortuga Trio of Creme Brulee – Chocolate, passion fruit and vanilla-bean custards, caramelized and served with Brittany cookies $7.99

The Key West, Key Lime – Flaky crust filled with tangy key-lime citrus creme $7.99

The Flying Dutchman Cookie Boat – Warm chocolate chip cookie boat, served with Dreyer’s vanilla-bean ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauce $8.99

To Blue Bayou Chocolate Mint Doubloons $4.99, plus tax.

Although it all sounds great, we knew from experience that the real reason to go to the Blue Bayou is the over-the-top theming, not the food. We preferred Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney for great-tasting, authentic, New Orleans-style dining.

Tink is on one side of the sturdy, dishwasher-safe cup…

…Captain Hook is standing on the other side…

…and even the cup alone makes a nice souvinEAR!

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