The Pappadeaux Platter at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

The Pappadeaux Platter at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

The Pappadeaux Platter at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is overpriced, unsophisticated, and likely to cause water retention.

But it's also really addictive. Strangely, I found myself wanting another one even when I woke up feeling bloated and gross the next morning.

The Platter features fried shrimp, fried catfish (sensing a trend?), fried stuffed shrimp, and stuffed crab, all served over French fries. I asked to modify my Platter with the addition of a soft-shell crab (also fried) and the substitution of a baked potato for fries - my lame attempt to make the dish slightly less fry-tastic. Didn't matter, as they gave me fries anyway.

Though it all tasted similar because it was all prepared the same way, seasoned and battered, the seafood was nevertheless juicy and tasted fresh. A few squeezes of lemon and some dips into the spicy cocktail and tartar sauces livened up the flavor, particularly of the sizeable soft-shell crab. Even heartier were the stuffed shrimp and crab, both swollen with a rich celery and sage dressing.

The Platter makes for a satisfying, albeit very salty, meal. And when you add a whole butter-soaked baked potato, well, get ready to sink into a sodium coma - and to emerge from it, strangely, wanting more fried fish.

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