Dutch treat: Restaurant lives up to rave reviews

Port Vincent restaurant lives up to rave reviews

Photo by RANDY BERGERON -- Filet medallions topped with grilled shrimp and lump crabmeat and a dish of stuffed potatoes
Photo by RANDY BERGERON -- Filet medallions topped with grilled shrimp and lump crabmeat and a dish of stuffed potatoes

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“Everyone raves on their steaks,” my stylist said about Dutch’s Seafood & Steaks. At our dinner visit on Saturday, we found out what all the raving is about.

Situated next to the Amite River in Port Vincent, Dutch’s is in the former Berthelot’s building. Inside, sage green walls with natural wood wainscoting feature Louisiana-themed art pieces fashioned of wood and wrought iron.

Our super-friendly waitress, Chelsa, offered us warm French bread while we waited for our appetizer. Oohs and aahs followed when the New Orleans style barbecue shrimp ($10.99) arrived. The oval dish held at least a dozen plump shrimp swimming in a traditional spicy, buttery, Worcestershire-tinged sauce, and surrounded by slices of French bread ready for dipping. This was the best way to fully appreciate the dish, as the dipping sauce was just as delicious as the shrimp.

Dutch’s menu states that its steaks are certified angus beef that is aged for a minimum of 21 days. From several choices, a guest chose the surf and turf supreme ($29.99) and was very impressed. Several filet medallions came topped with jumbo lump crab meat and several nice-sized grilled shrimp. The medallions were so tender they could be cut with a butter knife and so flavorful the steak sauce bottle went untouched. The delicate flavor of the crab and shrimp only made the beef more delectable. Accompanying it were a house salad and stuffed potato. The potato had everything found in a usual fully-loaded potato, but was served in a ramekin sans skin. The salad featured mixed greens, slices of purple onion, tomato and cheddar cheese with a pleasing, homemade-tasting blue cheese dressing.

Guests at a nearby table were celebrating a birthday, and the honoree was presented Dutch’s tomahawk ribeye ($39.99). Giant is the only way to describe this steak, which is served bone-in. A guest compared the bone to something you’d see on “The Flintstones.” The steak was the talk of that table, and others, for the rest of the meal.

Another guest tried the shrimp and crabmeat fettucine ($15.99). The large bowl held a generous amount of noodles with a nice ratio of the creamy, well-seasoned but not spicy, sauce tossed with large pieces of lump crab meat and medium-sized shrimp. Quite good, and also served with a salad.

From the seafood menu, we also sampled the half and half (oysters and catfish). The small ($15.99) had 10 small oysters and three catfish filets, battered and fried. The coating was seasoned just fine, but a little heavy in some spots. This dish also came with a house salad and fluffy baked sweet potato.

We topped things off with bread pudding ($4.99), a slice large enough for two, very moist and with a sweet vanilla sauce.