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Volume 68, Isssue 106, Friday, February 28, 2003

Arts & Entertainment

Pre Mardi Gras meal at 

Brandon Moeller
The Daily Cougar

Texans who don't want to bother hitting I-35 and enduring several mind-numbing hours of traffic in pursuit of the real Mardi Gras brouhaha can instead retreat to Galveston for a hell of a good time.

But before stepping foot on the strand, one should get a good meal under their belts in preparation for the rampant crazy drunkenness of the all-night street party. 

There's no better start than Boudreaux's on the Bayou. Don't be fooled, the restaurant may have a cajun name, but its menu goes well beyond the taste and flavor that put Louisiana on the culinary map. A night manager said that the name might be changing to "The Beacon," which would compliment the fact that the place was converted from an old boat house to now serve as a pleasurable waterside dining experience. 

My girlfriend and I visited this interesting place after we decided to head for Galveston one sunny late afternoon. It was around dinner time so we decided to cruise the Seawall in hope that we could get a table at the Landry's-owned exotic-but money-swallowing-looking Rainforest Café. The parking lot was a zoo. After mistakingly entering it, it took 10 minutes trying to navigate my way out of it dodging arriving and leaving tourists. 

So I started driving until we got lost. When my girlfriend caught on that I didn't know where I was going, she informed me that she was still hungry. Out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of the multi-colored Christmas lights that adorns Boudreaux's. Wondering if it was a club or a bar, I made a U-turn and declared that we were going to check out that spot. 

We were not disappointed. Even though it was the off-season ­ a table of four was the only company we shared the place with when we first arrived ­ the food we ordered was fresher and tastier than Iive had in Houston for a long time. 

We started with the fried crawfish tails ($6.95) and two of their mixed specialty drinks. The tails were better than I expected so I had to try a cup of crawfish etoufee ($4.95). My girlfriend thought that was a great idea and ordered herself a cup of their seafood gumbo ($4.95). Neither dish burned our tastebuds as some cajun joints prefer to do, but rather, they brought them to life just in time for our waitress Kate to bring us the featured special of the evening: Chicken Parmigiano with angel hair and steamed vegetables ($15.95). 

The full chicken breast smoothered in mozarella and a heart-warming marinara sauce was too much for either of us to finish, so we got it to go and sat at the bar. We enjoyed being delivered beer after beer served in a coozie as if we were out on a boat enjoying a pleasurable evening. 

Pee Wee Bowen and band will play the blues at Boudreaux's tomorrow night. 

Boudreaux's on the Bayou

Galveston, 6310 Heards Lane at Offatts Bayou

The verdict: The good food will be a great way to relax midway through the Mardi Gras party on the strand.

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