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Making a Traditional Louisiana Crawfish Bisque

Posted by Karen Hales on Apr 17 2019

A bisque is a rich, creamy soup of French origin based on a strained broth of crustaceans such as lobster, shrimp, crab and crawfish. Crawfish bisque is a unique and traditional Louisiana dish. Unlike a French bisque, which is cream based, a Louisiana crawfish bisque is a roux-based soup (flour and butter mixture) incorporating crawfish meat, sauteed green pepper, onions, celery and garlic, and crawfish heads stuffed with crawfish dressing.

Despite its long Louisiana history, only about a dozen restaurants in New Orleans still serve crawfish bisque, according to Tom Fitzmorris, food critic and longtime host of The Food Show on WWL Radio. Today, Deanie’s Seafood’s three locations offer crawfish bisque using Deanie’s Proprietor Mrs. Barbara Chifici’s personal recipe based off the traditional River Parishes version of this soup. The restaurants also serve seafood & okra gumbo, crawfish étouffée, and a variety of seafood-focused soups du jour. We’ll walk you through how to make a New Orleans crawfish bisque.

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Topics: Louisiana Crawfish, Deanie's Seafood Restaurant, New Orleans Recipes

Expert Tips: How to Throw a Crawfish Boil

Posted by Karen Hales on Apr 12 2019

In case you are thinking about having a spring crawfish boil, like we do here in New Orleans, we thought we’d ask the experts at Deanie’s Seafood Market for tips to be sure your boil is a success.

Louis Graff, a boiler at Deanie’s Seafood Market in Bucktown, is the perfect go-to person. Deanie’s Seafood Market sells thousands of pounds of boiled and live Louisiana crawfish this time of year. They also ship live and boiled crawfish throughout the United States from their online market, Shopdeanies.com.

Read on to find out how the locals do it.

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Topics: Louisiana Crawfish, Louisiana Seafood in Season

Pinch A Palooza Rescheduled to Saturday, April 20

Posted by Karen Hales on Apr 07 2019

THE TOPCATS, RYAN FORET & FORET TRADITION, VINCE VANCE & THE VALIANTS, THE 689 SWAMPERS

 Revel in hot boiled Louisiana crawfish and cool local music at New Orleans’s favorite family-friendly crawfish and music festival. Deanie’s Seafood’s 10th-annual Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest takes place noon to 7 p.m., Sat., April 20 at Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant & Market in Bucktown.

From a crawfish eating contest to music to crawfish races, the crawfest is packed with fun for all ages. A $1 donation to beneficiary The Good Shepherd School is the cost of admission.

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Topics: Pinch A Palooza, Events, New Orleans Festivals

The 2019 Pinch A Palooza Experience is Almost Here!

Posted by Karen Hales on Mar 28 2019

New Orleans Bands, crawfish eating contest at crawfest 

Do you have what it takes to become the next Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Eating Champion? Join in the 10-year-old tradition of celebrating Louisiana crawfish season with New Orleans’ favorite boiled crawfish, music, a competitive crawfish eating contest and more during Deanie’s Seafood’s Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest.

Pinch A Palooza takes place from noon to 7 p.m., Sat., April 20 at the original Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant & Seafood Market, located at 1713 Lake Ave. at Old Hammond Highway, Metairie.  A $1 donation to The Good Shepherd School gets you in the gate for the all-day festival.

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Topics: New Orleans, Pinch A Palooza, Louisiana Crawfish, Deanie's Seafood Restaurant, Philanthropy, Events, New Orleans Festivals

Learn about Crawfish Health Benefits during Crawfish Season

Posted by Karen Hales on Mar 20 2019

The Other Pink Meat - Crawfish is Gluten Free, Keto-Friendly, Low Carb


Enjoying a traditional crawfish boil can be an excellent way to eat healthy during crawfish season. Louisiana’s favorite crustacean is not only a staple of Southern cuisine, but also a low-fat source of protein. Among crawfish health benefits are the high amount of essential vitamins and minerals, and their low calorie count. The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommends eating more seafood as part of a healthy diet, and Louisianans enjoy an abundance of some of the tastiest, spiciest seafood during crawfish boil season!

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Topics: Pinch A Palooza, Louisiana Crawfish, Louisiana Seafood, Seafood Health Benefits

New Orleans’ Favorite Crawfish Festival Returns for 10th year

Posted by Karen Hales on Mar 01 2019

Pinch A Palooza Festival 2019 - April 20 in Bucktown

New Orleans’ favorite family seafood restaurant will be firing up the boil pots for its 10th-annual neighborhood crawfish festival, Pinch A Palooza Festival & Crawfish Eating Contest, noon to 7 p.m., Sun., April 20 in Bucktown. Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant in Bucktown—the original location of the well-known seafood restaurant with three locations in and around New Orleans—will continue the tradition of celebrating the Bucktown community and delicious local crawfish with a day of live music and entertainment, a Crawfish Eating Contest, and plenty of crawfish specialties and libations. Actor and comedian Johnny Rock will emcee Pinch A Palooza.

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Topics: New Orleans, Pinch A Palooza, Louisiana Crawfish, Deanie's Seafood Market, Philanthropy, Deanie's in Bucktown, Events, New Orleans Festivals

Deanie’s Sea Food Kitchen Expands Menu with Seafood Platters and More

Posted by Karen Hales on Feb 27 2019

Magazine Street restaurant offers more Deanie’s originals

Deanie's Sea Food Kitchen, 2200 Magazine St., located in Uptown New Orleans, has expanded its menu to add more of the Deanie's Seafood originals that have made the local restaurant group one of the favorite seafood restaurants in the Big Easy.

Deanie’s Kitchen patrons can now enjoy Deanie’s Seafood’s famous Giant Seafood Platter and Half Platter dinners, a bounty of softshell crab, shrimp, oysters, catfish, and crawfish balls, and more appetizers like fried artichoke hearts and fried or sauteed crab claws.

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Topics: New Orleans, Deanie's Seafood Restaurant, Deanie's Sea Food Kitchen

Deanie’s in Bucktown: Highlighting a New Orleans Original

Posted by Karen Hales on Feb 21 2019

A Look Back at the First Deanie’s Seafood Location in Bucktown


A New Orleans institution for more than 55 years, Deanie's Seafood Restaurant in Bucktown, 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, is the original location of one of New Orleans’ favorite seafood enterprises. Family-owned and -operated, Deanie’s Seafood is an authentic “scratch house” — everything is made in-house using original recipes, local ingredients and Louisiana seafood from Deanie’s Seafood Market, which is adjacent to the Lake Avenue restaurant.

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Topics: Louisiana Crawfish, Deanie's Seafood Market, Deanie's Seafood Restaurant, Deanie's in Bucktown, Louisiana Seafood Industry

Enjoy the Health Benefits of Oysters

Posted by Karen Hales on Feb 12 2019

Gulf Oysters account for 70% of domestic oyster harvest

There are plenty of nutritious sides to this seafood item available year-round including essential minerals and vitamins. USDA Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to eat more seafood to support health and nutrition. Add oysters to your regular diet, and you’ll benefit from their nutritional value. 

Luckily, we are located in the heart of oyster country. Of over 150 varieties of the high-protein mollusks harvested and sold in North America, 70% of oysters caught in the United States are from the Gulf Coast.

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Topics: Louisiana Seafood, Gulf Oysters, Seafood Health Benefits

7 Things You Didn't Know About Crawfish

Posted by Karen Hales on Feb 07 2019

Trivia tidbits about Louisiana’s favorite crustacean

If you live in New Orleans, or just about anywhere in the United States, you know that crawfish is an important commodity in Louisiana. But aside from how to peel and pinch them, what do you really know about crawfish? Whether you are getting ready to enjoy the Louisiana crawfish season or standing over a table piled high with crawfish at a neighborhood crawfish boil, consider testing your friends with these fun, little-known facts about our favorite crustacean.

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Topics: Louisiana Crawfish, Online Seafood Market, Louisiana Seafood in Season

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