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Seafood on the Ave.

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  It won't be long now before Mardi Gras parade floats start making the grand turn from Napoleon Avenue onto St. Charles Avenue, and finally there's something at that corner more interesting than the shell of an abandoned Copeland's restaurant. Superior Seafood (4338 St. Charles Ave., 293-3474), an offshoot of the Superior Grill chain of Mexican restaurants, opened last week at the prominent address.

  Chef Justin Ferguson is offering a large menu with lots of varieties of shellfish and finfish, plus steaks, pastas, entree salads and a few sandwiches. It's the first restaurant of its kind for its parent company, which runs Mexican restaurants and a steakhouse concept in Louisiana and Alabama.

  A section of the menu devoted to oysters features them raw, grilled, baked or wrapped with bacon and fried. Other appetizers range from shrimp remoulade and marinated crab claws to escargot, beef carpaccio and spinach and artichoke dip. Entrees include barbecue shrimp, mussels and frites, shrimp and andouille bruschetta, redfish Creole, a blackened drum Napoleon and seared flounder. Most appetizers are between $9 and $12, and the seafood entrees range from $16 to $28. Superior Seafood serves dinner daily and plans to add lunch soon.

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