Good Food Made With Love!
By Xander Thomas
Great atmosphere, great music, great food. A great dining experience is when you can go into a restaurant and feel warm and welcome as if you are just part of the family.
“We try to make sure that we make you feel like you’re coming to Grandma’s house,” Delana ‘Mama D’ Gilland, General Manager of Flippers Coastal Seafood said.
Flippers focuses on Cajun and comfort food, as well as providing high quality service that will keep you coming back to try everything on the menu. Of course, they do offer more than seafood for those who don’t eat from the ocean.
“It’s not just seafood that we have. We have chicken tenders and the freshest salads you’ll ever want to taste,” Mama D said.
Owner Gernisha Compton is the oldest of seven, and has been cooking since she was very young. She comes from a Louisiana background, and all of her food is made with love. According to Mama D, this is the secret to good food.
Flippers is a place that offers something for the whole family and doesn’t want anyone to be excluded. They make sure everyone can find something good here, and make you want to keep coming back.
“We don’t want to single out anyone,” Mama D said, “people sometimes don’t bring their kids to places to eat, because they have smaller kids, so we engage in that.”
Although offering other options, the seafood might be the shining star of the menu. Proteins are offered with the option to come fried, grilled or blackened, and according to Mama D, you can’t go wrong with any of it. But what is it that she would recommend?
“I say my favorite is the shrimp etouffee platter” Mama D said, “You get the etouffee, you get a side of another protein which is the catfish, the oysters, whatever.”
She says that the biggest sellers on the menu include crawfish (in season, of course), the Choose Two Platter which, offers your choice of two meats and two side, and the new appetizer, the crawfish fries. It isn’t just the main dishes on the menu that will keep you wanting more, though. The side items include perfectly golden-brown fried okra, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside hushpuppies, and possibly some of the best dirty rice on this side of town.
Flippers opened a year ago on Sept. 24 and they are already getting people hooked.
“We’re to the point where we can put their order in, all they have to say is ‘the usual’,” she said.
And don’t forget about dessert! They have a huge rum cake, a decadent toffee pie and creamy banana pudding, all made in store, just to name a few.
Flippers Coastal Seafood is located at 628 FM 517 in Dickinson, between I-45 and 646, in the same strip as TJ Reeds.
“Come see us. You’ll get to justify everything I say,” Mama D concluded.