The popularity of The Seafood Lady’s fresh, honestly-prepared and simply-served seafood has quickly spurred owner Nichelle Thurston’s growth from a food truck to a niche space in the Oak Street Mini Mall, and now is prompting her move to a larger space several blocks east, to 105 E. Oak St., across the street from Toonerville Deli.
At her current take-out only space at 617 W. Oak St., customers often line up waiting to be served. Word of mouth and recent praise by the new Courier-Journal restaurant reviewer has improved her customer base.
Thurston Cooks up full Southern seafood boils, which includes snow crab legs and a dozen large shrimp, two halves of a baked potato, an ear of corn, and two pieces of andouille sausage. A hard boiled egg is added as a bonus. Everything is seasoned with Cajun spices. Other choices include gumbo, crab cakes, lobster tails, crawfish or fillets of tilapia, cod or catfish. Another offering is crab fries, in which lump crab and French fried potatoes are covered in Alfredo sauce.
At The Seafood Lady’s current digs, seating is very limited. At the East Oak site that she hopes to be in by the start of the new year, there will be inside seating, a bar and a patio.
A menu expansion might be in the works as well. Thurston thinks her Cajun seasoning style will work well with chicken and waffles and other dishes.