Margin walkers.

Workers At Castnet Seafood

Workers At Castnet Seafood

Eating on the edge of town is our favorite thing to do.

Patrons In The Queue At Castnet Seafood

Patrons In The Queue At Castnet Seafood

We may take an Istanbul water taxi as far as it will go up the Bosphorus to find a particularly good fried anchovy platter; we once spent hours hiking through a mountainous neighborhood in Bratislava to find a Croatian oyster house that a barman had said was a must visit; and last weekend we drove deep into Little Woods, the most violent and bloody neighborhood in all of New Orleans to get a soft shell crab po boy at a neighborhood fish shack.

Castnet Seafood In New Orleans East

Castnet Seafood In New Orleans East

Castnet Seafood was opened in 1988 by a snot-nosed 19 year old boy named Kent Bondi.DSC05887

Mr. Bondi has since made his name in New Orleans East by providing dozens of fresh fishes by the pound as well as serving big platters of fried and boiled seafood to the violence-plagued neighborhood.

Online Menu For Castnet Seafood

Online Menu For Castnet Seafood

Little Woods bested Central City and The French Quarter in a study conducted last year to determine the number one neighborhood in all of New Orleans for violent crime.

Boiled Shrimp At Castnet Seafood

Boiled Shrimp At Castnet Seafood

So we kept a watchful eye when we drove out to Castnet Seafood last weekend to eat a softshell crab po boy. This is something we’ve grown accustomed to as we reside in the Upper 9th Ward where armed robbery, rape and murder are everyday occurrences.

An Employee On Break At Castnet Seafood

An Employee On Break At Castnet Seafood

The little neighborhood cafe is packed. There’s a scrum of eaters lined up in the seafood market as well as the dine-in portion of the establishment. A deafeningly loud public address system apprises eaters as to when their food is ready. A team of roughly 20 workers are busting their collective ass to get the crowd fed and keep the cash registers humming.

A Diner Enters Castnet Seafood

A Diner Enters Castnet Seafood

A soft shell crab po boy will set you back $12.75 and you can reckon it’s fresh as there are plenty available to go out of the cold case for $5 apiece.

Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab Po Boy At Castnet Seafood

Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab Po Boy At Castnet Seafood

After a 20 minute wait our number is called (at well over a hundred decibels) and we prepare to feast.

Castnet Seafood Is Located At 10826 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127

Castnet Seafood Is Located At 10826 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127

The loaf-bread had at one time been of good quality but unfortunately is served stale.

The Nervecenter Of Castnet Seafood

The Nervecenter Of Castnet Seafood

Two small but plump, deep-fried crabs are nestled into the bread amid mayonnaise, pickles, iceberg lettuce and ripe tomatoes. The crabs are nicely seasoned but are not stove-hot.

You May Dine In Or Carry Out At Castnet Seafood

You May Dine In Or Carry Out At Castnet Seafood

It had taken us upwards of 20 seconds to retrieve our order once it had been bellowed across the p.a so we’re not sure where the glitch in the system is.

A Lone Outside Diner On A 95 Degree Day

A Lone Outside Diner On A 95 Degree Day

Soft shell crab po boys are surprisingly hard to find in New Orleans.DSC05944

They’re widely available in local markets but finding a restaurant that serves them in the po boy format is not easy. We’ll happily forgo future ones if they’re to be served stone cold like the one we attempted to enjoy at Castnet Seafood.

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Castnet Seafood
10826 Hayne Blvd
New Orleans, LA
70127

Hours Of Operation
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pmDSC05922

  1. A Croatian seafood restuarant in the hilly neighborhood of Bratislava. Wow! You should have seen my eyes pop out of my head when I read that. My wife and I lived in B’slava for a couple years and (it had to be the same place) that was our favorite place to eat. Went there all the time. The Croat owner is a great guy. This had to have been the place: http://www.umamicky.sk

  2. A Croatian seafood restuarant in the hilly neighborhood of Bratislava. Wow! You should have seen my eyes pop out of my head when I read that. My wife and I lived in B’slava for a couple years and (it had to be the same place) that was our favorite place to eat. Went there all the time. The Croat owner is a great guy. This had to have been the place: http://www.umamicky.sk

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