The Shuck 'N Dive is your typical neighborhood New Orleans style restaurant. Its a pretty nice place, with good music playing and a clean looking interior with Mardi Gras, LSU and Saints decor. There's a central bar with 3 TVs (one large flat screen), with 6 booths and 6 tables for dining. Outside there are some pub tables and picnic benches for outdoor dining.
The atmosphere attempts a New Orleans theme, they have music like "Jambalaya" and "I'm leaving here walking" and some pretty cool artwork on the walls.
The food here is decent, but if you're expecting Emeril's or you're a real authenticity snob you'll be disappointed. Also, if you're craving Jambalaya, forget it. Its only an occasional special. I tend not to like the usual suspects at this place, but some things are really good. I've had the Dirty Bird and really enjoyed it; it's blackened chicken on a roll with onions and melted cheese. jump-->
I decided to try the Gumbo, so I ordered a cup of that and an iced tea while I decided on my main course. It came out fairly quickly.
It was a decent gumbo. A little spicy, the only downer being a stringy piece of okra that wasn't quite cooked enough. It also was a pretty small portion for $4.99, considering that it didn't have much in it that cost much. I had ordered the Bayou Burger; a half pound blackened burger with onions and melted provolone. Basically it's a dirty bird with a burger instead of chicken.
The cole slaw is very good here; a non-mayo version that's more like a cabbage salad. The burger has fantastic flavors, and it's just a greasy mess to eat. While everyone else is tinkering with gimmicks like nueske bacon and tillamook cheese; here you get a big, blacked burger with a slice of red onion and some provolone and it's as good as a burger can be for $8.99.
I tend not to like the typical cajun items in this restaurant; the rice and beans, etc. When I've had it they didn't use the really good andouille sausage.
Service here is quirky but friendly. A guy on a ladder brought me a menu and the server didn't make regular passes and I ended up waiting quite a while after I'd finished to get my check. Note that although they have a lot of TVs and the Sunday Ticket, this is a Saints bar, so you may not find the game you want anywhere.