The Wayward Kraken in Vieux Marche in Biloxi almost defies description.
It’s a bar, which serves high-quality food, and a gamers’ hangout.
The first time you visit, wander around a bit. It is cavernous with rooms for chilling out, rooms for enjoying a cup of coffee and a game, a place to peruse games to rent and take home and rooms specific for particular games.
Just make sure to find your way back to the main dining area. You can sit at the bar or at a four-top table or make your way to the courtyard just out the back door.
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Grab a seat and take a look at the menu. It has just 10 selections, but don’t let the short list dissuade you.
This menu is well-thought-out.
Food is made to order, fresh ingredients are used, cilantro is chopped daily and fries are dropped when the order is placed.
A good place to start is with the Call of Cthulu, a seafood bisque that is just $6 for a cup and $9 for a bowl. The shrimp and crawfish, in plentiful quantities, were perfectly cooked. The bisque is creamy, nicely seasoned and attractively garnished with chopped scallion.
Next up for me was the Ocarina of Lime — three delicious tacos for $9.99 ($11.99 if you opt for shrimp). The chicken was tender and nicely seasoned (beef also is an option) and the tacos were loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomato and a pop of cilantro and lime. Really good!
Last for me was the Uruk Fries ($6 and $10), which are crispy fries seasoned with a hickory-smoked bacon and molasses rub and topped with bacon, melted cheese, jalapenos, sour cream and scallions. There is the option of adding a grilled beef steak, and it is highly recommended. I don’t recall a more tender steak anywhere on the Coast in years.
Don’t get the idea this place is for gamers only. It’s not.
The food is great and the location is tops.
The Wayward Kraken is a delightful combination of a high-ceilinged old-town Biloxi building and a modern-day meeting place for those who want to play, have fun and eat well.
The Wayward Kraken
Where: 871 Howard Ave., Biloxi
Kitchen hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight; closed Monday