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Big Daddy's: ""Laisser Les Bon Temps Rouler" (as they say...)" Top 5 Page for this destination Ottawa Restaurant Tip by johngayton

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There is a bit of history about how the early French settlers in Canada were displaced down to the US deep south by us Brits and here at Big Daddy's Crab Shack and Oyster Bar we get the rebound: New Orleans remeets New France. Having never been (YET!) to New Orleans I can't attest to the veracity of the claimed "New Orleans Experience" here at BD's but I can certainly attest to the experience as one of those not to missed should you be looking out for a fun night out here in Ottawa with some decent grub thrown in.

The food here makes no pretences towards gastronomy, simply being fun with great flavours and matched by equally informal and friendly service in a lively, busy setting and without too huge a price-tag. Yep, definitely worth a visit or two!!

Favorite Dish: The menu is pretty extensive with various meaty options but as a self-announced "Crab Shack and Oyster Bar" it's the seafood that features. So far from our two visits we have tried the Oysters Rockerfeller, Alaskan King Crab, Blackened Scallops, Crab and Crawfish Cakes and the Redfish House Special - all equally delish! Tho' if any particular dish stands out then it has to be Alaskan King Crab which is as fun to eat as it is delicous with its nice simple accompaniements of red potatoes and corn-on-the-cob. Most main courses come with various choices of sides and I can particularly recommend the Jambalaya rice which pretty much fits the bill for all, tho' beware we are not talking "low-cal" here!!

Address: 339 Elgin Street
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Elgin is one of the main streets going south from Parliament Hill, just keep going south and watxh out for the signage on your left (if you get to the freeway you've gone too far!!).
Phone: 613 569 5200
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 5
Theme: Seafood

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 22, 2008
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