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One afternoon in St Augustine when we got off our Trolley Bus on its final session of the day it suddenly started to rain heavily.
Opposite our trolley stop was Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille and we decided to dive for cover in there. It was only about 4. 30 pm and the bar was packed probably due to the inclement weather. There were couples, families, groups of young people in fact a very varied bunch of people.
We settled down in the downstairs bar and ordered our drinks; our hotel was only a short walk away so we had no problem with either of us having to drive.
We learnt of the legend surrounding the start of Harry’s. Apparently “the original owners decided to make a trip to Mardi Gras. While vacationing in New Orleans they were overwhelmed by the finest food and local good-time spirit.
They were convinced the folks back home needed a restaurant with this food and atmosphere. There was but one small problem. Our free-wheeling bunch was broke. The way the story goes. . . someone had suggested they all risk their hotel money on a long shot at the race track. The vote was unanimous and off they went. They backed ' Harry the Horse' who won at 50 to 1. And from these winnings, came Harry' s beginnings! ” Whether this is true or not I do not know but that is what they say on their website.
Although we could have dined in the bar after a couple of drinks with time spent people watching in the bar we went upstairs to the restaurant.
It was a Monday when we were there and on Mondays they had choices of half price bottled wines so we ordered a bottle.
For an appetizer my brother ordered Blackened Chicken Eggrolls. This was blackened chicken, peppers, onions, tomatoes and Pepper Jack rolled in a flour tortilla which he thoroughly enjoyed.
I chose Voo Doo Shrimp. This was jumbo grilled shrimp with garlic herb butter and creole seasoning
This came with toasted French bread crustini.
A salad could be added to any entrée for about $3 but we both declined.
For entrees my brother opted for Shrimp and Scallop Evangeline. This was jumbo shrimp and sea scallops (his favourite) sautéed in white wine, lemon and garlic and in a tomato roasted pepper sauce.
I had Louisiana Pork Tenderloin which was pork tenderloin medallions with portobello mushrooms
in a wonderful butter sauce.
Despite having had a great meal we decided to share Lulu’s Louisiana Mud Pie this was a chocolate, custard style bread pudding covered in a white chocolate bourbon sauce. This was served with vanilla ice cream and was heaven.
We were so pleased it had rained and we called into Harry’s Bar.
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