Owners Mike and Suzette Valteau-Dummet took over the Smokehouse Grill from a friend and converted it into their own place. It’s named for Mike’s mother and they’ve been serving New Orleans home cooking since opening Sept. 18.
“This is Mike’s dream and it has been truly a blessing to be in this location and to bring New Orleans flavor to the Smokehouse. It has so much potential,” she said.
The menu is pure New Orleans, and plenty of it: Gumbo, bisque, barbecue shrimp, mac and cheese, fried chicken and waffles, bread pudding and more, all made from scratch. Also, burgers, poor boys and barbecue from the Smokehouse menu, including beef brisket, pulled pork and ribs. There’s also a kid’s menu.
“Our prices are reasonable,” Suzette said. “You can get a neighborhood meal with two sides for $10.”
Watch for delicious sounding daily specials: Tuesday’s special is stuffed bell peppers. Wednesday, it’s meatloaf with mashed potatoes, Thursday is steak night featuring New York Strip and on Friday it’s the catch of the day. The restaurant will soon be opening on Monday, serving red beans and rice as the daily special.
“We like this area because there are a lot of fishermen here so it’s easy to get fresh fish,” she said.
Suzette also said they’ll be welcoming New Orleans Chef Robert Holmes into Big Shirley’s kitchen soon.
Big Shirley’s is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hours on Sunday are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call (228) 222-4837.