Fish is literally the big picture at this Bucktown charmer, opened in September 2016 by husband and wife chef team Alison Vega and Drew Knoll. Huge blown up family photos of fishing escapades adorn... Read More
Fish is literally the big picture at this Bucktown charmer, opened in September 2016 by husband and wife chef team Alison Vega and Drew Knoll. Huge blown up family photos of fishing escapades adorn the restaurant's walls, with another collage of fish stories on one side of the menu. It's a friendly sort of place, with warm and informed service in a setting that feels familiar to anybody who's ever dropped a hook in nearby Lake Pontchartrain. Outfitted with burnished wooden tables, leather banquettes and a fetching bar, where Mr. Randy opens oysters off to the side, Station 6 also has an inviting covered front porch, all of it casual and family friendly. After a decade in the Caribbean, Vega and Knoll, whose CVs include stints with Susan Spicer and Emeril respectively, came back to New Orleans in 2011, when Knoll started working at New Orleans Seafood Co., a local distributor. That experience, applied to both the selection and cooking of all kinds of seafood at Station 6, ensures top of the catch freshness. Add in creative dishes like sizzling garlic shrimp, char grilled oyster pasta, pearls of yellowfin tuna served with a side of jicama slaw and a dusting of spicy cajun caviar, and you're in for a treat. Meatlovers will find much to recommend, including an excellent grilled pork chop with bbq gravy and an aptly named sloppy Drew made with braised beef, provolone, onion jam and a tangy horseradish sauce. The lake is just over the levee and a massive pumping station looms next door, which Vega and Knoll thought was Station No. 6. It turns out they misread the map, but it still has a nice ring to it. By the way, don't miss the buttermilk drop bread pudding, an epic dessert.