If ever there were a hidden-away place, it’s Anthony’s Steak & Seafood Under the Oaks in Ocean Springs.
It is tucked right next to the drawbridge over Fort Bayou and is shaded by some of the loveliest Live oaks you have ever seen.
Now take a look at the menu. You will find nothing here that is a fusion of cultures, no awkward combinations of foods that do not go together.
The chef who put it together wasn’t trying too hard, if you know what I mean. It is a classic Gulf Coast menu, with just the right blend of seafood and steaks, local flavors and traditions.
If you want to start with an appetizer, try the grilled oysters ($8.95) or the oysters Rockefeller ($9.95). While I was there, a guest said they were the best he’d ever had. The baked Cat Island Oysters made with seasoned breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese also look hard to resist and are a best-seller for only $8.95.
In an area that is blessed with good steakhouses, it is rare to hear locals rave about great steaks, but the 13-ounce chargrilled ribeye for $22.95 (add shrimp and it’s $27.95) and the filet mignon ($28.95) are best-sellers.
There is a steak special every night, so you may have a different steak option almost every time you visit.
If you are in a seafood mood, start with the gumbo ($5.95 and $7.95), another selection people go on and on about. The flounder with crabmeat stuffing ($22.95) and the grouper awash in a crawfish sauce ($17.95) also come highly recommended.
It would be nothing less than unfair if I did not mention the seafood casserole made with shrimp, crawfish tails and crab meat, then topped with a blend of cheeses and bread crumbs ($18.95) and the shrimp scampi garlic sauce angel hair ($16.95).
Anthony’s Under the Oaks is an exceptional restaurant. It is family run and has been a crown jewel for Ocean Springs for years.
The setting can easily be described as elegant; the food is delicious, well thought out and not outrageously expensive.
Anthony’s Under the Oaks
1217 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs
Tuesday-Thursday 5-9 p.m.
Friday 5 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 5-9:30 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.