By Jim Winnerman
Gulf Shores Restaurant in Creve Coeur could be a few feet from a pier in Louisiana. The recipes have been perfected for years by owner Harry Parker’s 86-year-old mother and late father, natives of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Cajun and Creole flavors abound in every dish, the result of sauces, spices, and salad dressings made daily from scratch. Try the marinated fried “gator bites” (as in real alligator), served with a homemade dipping sauce. A favorite dinner entrée is the dump dinner: a traditional seafood boil with shrimp, crab legs, mussels, and Andouille sausage, all served on a bed of fresh red potatoes and seasoned with Creole spices. Other dinner favorites include gator tacos, beignets, and crawfish étouffée. Homemade pies (peach cobbler, key lime, and chocolate pecan) and bread pudding are waiting for dessert. Welcome to N’Awlins in Missouri!
This story originally ran in the October 2011 issue of Missouri Life. For more issues like this, subscribe to Missouri Life.