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‘The Steamer’ is open again in the Kiln, but you won’t find their menu online. Here’s why

The Jourdan River Steamer reopened in January after being closed for 5 years after Hurricane Issac destroyed the building
The Jourdan River Steamer reopened in January after being closed for 5 years after Hurricane Issac destroyed the building Jourdan River Steamer/Facebook

A popular restaurant in Bay St. Louis closed it’s doors for good this month, but the food scene in Hancock County is growing.

Italian Garden on U.S. 90 took down their sign, turned out the lights and closed permanently in January.

The eatery, known for its American Italian cuisine, homemade sauces and desserts, opened last winter, and diners generally left positive reviews on the restaurants Facebook page.

But the good news is other restaurants have opened, and their parking lots have been full.

The owners of the iconic Jourdan River Steamer kicked off 2018 by opening the seafood restaurant that closed in 2012 when Hurricane Issac rolled through South Mississippi.

The locals and regulars call it “The Steamer,” and it has a 5-star review on Facebook.

One reviewer said he and his brother, in total, drove more than 2 hours to have dinner. It was worth the drive.

“There is no describing the flavors we experienced last night ...” Michael Zeringue posted in his review.

But if you want to see a menu online before you go, that’s not going to happen.

The Jourdan River Steamer’s menu changes frequently depending on what seafood is offered, and they want you to come in and try the food for yourself.

“Slow down, relax and check it out when you get here,” the restaurant posted on their Facebook page. “It’ just our way of doing things.”

Another restaurant opened this month on U.S. 90 and offers Mexican cuisine. Avocado’s lets you design your own burrito and has a lot of options including their namesake.

Smoothie King opened on U.S. 90 in August, and the line for breakfast and happy hour is pretty steady. The chain had a location in the Bay once before, but that closed years ago and made room for Cannella.

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Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_

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