Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bayou - North 2nd Street, Harrisburg

1530 North Second Street
Harrisburg, PA

This place is fabulous! My dinner here may have been one of the best meals I ever ate in Harrisburg. The eccentric and unusual menu offers many delicious authentic New Orleans type dishes.

My friend and I decided to order several things and share them. We started with Oysters Rockefeller…very delicious with spinach and a flavorful sauce. The bread that came with the meal was very interesting. Served with honey butter, there were several “mini” muffins of unusual flavors. Yummy! We also shared the baby frisee salad with country ham-wrapped roasted peaches and Vidalia onion vinaigrette. What a wonderful combination of salty, sweet and savory flavors! For the main entrées we had the blueberry and black pepper BBQ pork spare ribs with roasted sweet potatoes and braised greens, and a “hot pot” of shrimp (whole shrimp with the eyes, heads and legs still attached), clams, gator (as in alligator), andouille sausage, crawfish and red potatoes and roasted sweet corn. The ribs were wonderfully sweet with just a hint of spice…very generous portions! The hot pot was all that stuff served in a flavorful broth. Also very generous. Way more than enough food for two people. Very authentic New Orleans fare.

The food at Bayou was amazing, but the most fun part of the evening was the unique wine we brought—Hot Sun from the Naples Winery in Florida. (Yes, there are wineries in Florida). This dry, white spicy wine is made from tomatoes and hot peppers. You can’t believe how wonderful this wine is until you try it. Check it out at It was the perfect match for our Cajun adventure.

The Bayou is very accommodating for BYOB. They provided the wine glasses and opened the bottle for us. Their very friendly and attentive staff kept it chilled and our glasses full throughout the evening. But one important note, they do not accept credit cards. Plan to bring cash or use the ATM stationed inside the restaurant.

I can’t wait to go back and try the Sunday brunch menu. I am sure it will be worth another blog entry.