Review: PappadeauxAuthor: Show | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Arlington, TX, On The Road
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
1304 E. Copeland Road
Arlington, Texas 76011
This place was recommended to me very highly by my hotel concierge in addition to two colleagues who’ve worked in the area frequently. As far as seafood goes on a personal level, I basically only really like shrimp while being able to tolerate lobster and crab. I’m fine with clam chowder, too. Otherwise, I’m not a fan of seafood at all, so I knew my options would be rather limited. Still, it came so highly recommended and was within walking distance of my hotel — I didn’t have a car — that I just couldn’t pass it up.
I sat in the bar area as I pretty much always do, and the atmosphere was pretty cool. There were TVs all around with college football and many people were already enjoying their Saturday afternoon with some cocktails. Service was friendly and attentive and nothing took too long at all.
And here’s the best part, this restaurant is within either walking distance or an insanely short drive of Rangers Ballpark (home of baseball’s Texas Rangers), Cowboys Stadium (home of football’s Dallas Cowboys) and Six Flags over Texas (roller coaster park). Yes, those three destinations are that close to each other, I’d guess within a mile (no more than three miles between Cowboys Stadium and Six Flags — Rangers Ballpark is in between). And Pappadeaux is right there.
What I Got: Jumbo shrimp brochette, $21.95. Menu description: “Char-grilled bacon-wrapped shrimp filled with monterey jack cheese and a sliver of jalapeno with dirty rice.”
As you can see, I got seven pieces of bacon-wrapped shrimp. The helping of cheese between the bacon and shrimp was very generous and I believe everything was impeccably cooked. I could have used a bit more of the jalapeno — to give it some more spicy kick — but the menu says it’s only a “sliver.” I was also asked by the bartender if I wanted extra jalapenos, horseradish or Tabasco sauce. So if I was that hard up for more spice, it would have easily been provided.
I’m no food expert, so I had no idea how the shrimp, bacon, cheese and jalapeno combination would blend, but it was actually brilliant, in my opinion. I was worried this one wouldn’t turn out well but was pleasantly surprised after my first bite.
As far as the portion size, each one of the seven pieces was between two and three bites, so I was fine with it. I could see pause for the price compared to only seven pieces, but there’s a lot going on in there. I certainly could have devoured a few more of these because they were so good, but I wasn’t leaving less than satisfied by any measure.
Would I Buy It Again? Absolutely, in a heartbeat. I probably wouldn’t stray much from this choice either, because, as I said earlier, I basically only like shrimp when it comes to seafood. Maybe I’d get a bit nuts and try lobster or crab or something, just to broaden my horizons. But between the recommendations I received and the meal I had, there’s every reason to believe this a good place to get some solid seafood dishes. Those who enjoy a broad variety of seafood would probably love a good amount of the menu, but that’s pure speculation on my part.