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Pascal Manale’s

17 November 2006

As we have guests return to restaurants post-Katrina, we will from time to time post their feedback and make comments about the venue.

By coincidence this week, we have had several couples requesting this landmark restaurant on different nights and the reports have been very good.

Tom Fitzmorris, a local food writer wrote recently (excerpted): In 1913, Frank Manale turned an old grocery store into an Italian restaurant. A couple of decades later he sold it to his nephew Pascal Radosta, who built it into a dominant Uptown restaurant. The restaurant became popular to the extreme when Pascal invented barbecue shrimp–one of New Orleans now signature dishes– in the mid-1950s. Today many restaurants feature barbecue shrimp (not barbequed, and with no tomato based sauce as one might imagine), but the recipe here has not changed from the original. 

Pascal’s Manale is famous for its signature shrimp and they have one of the best oyster bars in the city. If the place is busy–as it often is, that might be the only place to begin. 

Once seated, you could make a whole meal of oysters. They make possibly the best oysters Bienville in town. And then there’s something they call a combination pan roast. Although other dishes around town have the same name, this one is unique. It’s oysters, crabmeat and shrimp in a greenish (from parsley and green onions) sauce made from a light roux with oyster water whisked in, topped with bread crumbs and baked till bubbly. It’s quite rich but very good.

Other appetizers include a very good platter of fried calamari and a unique shrimp remoulade salad with two sauces. Manale’s gumbo is very good.

Try the sirloin strip steak. It is prime beef served with a side order of spaghetti with red sauce; a delicious combination. There are good veal dishes, too.

Service is reported as generally good and the wine list is adequate, although not extensive. Pascal’s Manale continues to be a local classic, with great original dishes. 

The Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast is only five blocks from this historic restaurant and we will make reservations for registered guests.

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One Response to “Pascal Manale’s”

  1. Ken Keylor Says:

    Nothing pretentious here. Best Barbeque shrimp in the world in a great neighborhood setting. Been there many-a-time (I’m from Ohio), and if ever given a last meal…

    Well, nuff said.