Barcadia is the paradise that hungry gamers and sports fans have always dreamed of.
It’s your standard restaurant, but with a bar, arcade and large-screened TVs.
With ample parking and lots of seating, the bar-arcade combo is perfectly placed just outside of LSU’s north gates in the old Serrano’s location.
For starters, we chose OMG shrimp ($11). It was an overflowing plate of succulent Gulf shrimp glazed in a sweet chili sauce. While a perfect size for sharing, I could easily go for it as an individual entree. The glaze tasted just as described and the shrimp had a slight crunch to them.
Lovers of spicy food, beef or pork can rejoice. Barcadia tops nearly everything with bacon or jalapeños, and all of their burgers are beef.
The menu also offers an array of wings, a few salads, a wrap and a couple of hot plates. I selected the chicken Parmesan ($11.50). It was a large chicken breast breaded and covered in cheese, served over a bed of bowtie pasta with a sweet marinara sauce. It was perfect on the palate.
My husband chose the prime rib French dip sandwich served with fries ($13). Our waitress Ava seemed excited about his selection, claiming it was her favorite item on the menu.
The menu describes the sandwich as a 28-day aged prime rib slow roasted, shaved thin, topped with Swiss cheese, onions and horseradish aioli. My husband found the meat very tender and the bread fresh. The cheese was a bit minimal, yet a great complement. He did not, however, like the shoestring fries that accompanied the dish. While well seasoned, they had an unimpressive texture, very gummy-like.
For dessert, Barcadia offers two options — a bread pudding of the week and a brownie a la mode — both $6. We chose the brownie because chocolate trumps all.
While very much the standard brownie a la mode, Barcadia serves it super warm with a large heap of vanilla ice cream and fudge drizzles — it wasn’t mind-blowing, but it was satisfying.
Being a bar, Barcadia also offers a variety of alcoholic beverages, including a beer of the day, and happy hour specials.
I didn’t get a chance to play any of the video games because there was a fairly large birthday party going on, but I do intend to go back and try my hand at their giant Connect Four-type game.
Our dining experience fell on the late afternoon, early evening side of the day. We went from a virtually empty and quiet dining room to a packed venue with blaring music.
We also seemed to have lost the interest of Ava as the venue became more heavily attended. She was never without a smile, but I can’t even count how many times I sought her attention to no avail. The table next to us, who began dining quite some time after we arrived, didn’t appear to have that problem with her.
At any rate, Barcadia was pretty enjoyable. But, if you’re thinking of giving it a try, it’s a good idea to choose the time of day that works best for your tastes.
The eatery plans a grand opening 3 p.m.-closing on Saturday.