Shasha’s is located at 609 Ryan St. and is open every day except Sunday. (Michael Cooper / American Press)
Shasha’s gumbo is served with a generous amount of shrimp. (Michael Cooper / American Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:40 PM
I wanted big and healthy and quick in a meal, so colleague Michael Cooper and I chose Shasha’s of Creole.
Turns out, we chose well.
I would like Shasha’s, 609 Ryan St., for its atmosphere alone. Fashioned like a fishcamp — admittedly, a very fashionable one — it is clean and bright and roomy. Fifteen-foot ceilings appeal to me, and on a recent warm day, so did the eight ceiling fans that hummed above us.
Cooper chose the Ribeye Poboy for $8.99. He described the steak as “cut thin, easy to chew.” I respect his expertise; he worked for a local grocery’s meat counter in an earlier life.
“The cut of meat was very good, cooked well. I asked for medium. They did not drown (the poboy) in mayo, per instructions,” he said.
I opted for the grilled salmon at $14.99, and was pleased. I got a good sized cut of fish served sizzling before me. It was tasty and, per my dining habit, consumed with great dispatch.
Both of us chose a cup of gumbo and both of us were satisfied. For health reasons, I routinely avoid salt; the gumbo was not extraordinarily salty, but, understandably, the salt caught my attention. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it. Cooper raved over the shrimp in the gumbo, which he said he encountered with every spoonful.
“The rice was hard,” Cooper said — I prefer hard rice — “but OK. The gumbo had a dark and hearty roux.”
Both of us opted for dessert, Cooper choosing the banana pudding while I chose the chocolate bread pudding.
Cooper described his dessert as “huge,” more suitable for two diners than one. He lauded the banana flavor and the texture, which he likened to cheesecake, and the caramel sauce.
Alas, I was not as reflective. While my chocolate bread pudding was sizable, served with whipped cream and chocolate sauce, it was also chocolate, and eaten with speed and determination.
Shasha’s was a nice stop. Our ticket came to $49, but we were sated.
The menu offered plenty of other lunchtime choices at various prices. Lunch salads included seared tuna, chicken, avocado and grilled shrimp, and ranged from $8.99 to $11.99.
The “captain’s favorites” included salmon, catfish, shrimp tuna steak and red snapper, and ranged from $11.99 to $16.99.
Poboys included oyster, catfish and shrimp, and there were burger options.
Shasha’s has endured the streetscaping project on Ryan Street that is nearing an end. Our waiter said business has picked up in recent weeks as the streetwork has progressed. If you’ve avoided the construction and shied away from downtown, it’s time to go back.
• Shasha’s is located at 609 Ryan St.
• Lunch is served from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
• Dinner is served from 3-9 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 3-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday.