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“Mixed reactions to Mary Mahoney's”

Mary Mahoney's Old French House
Ranked #3 of 235 Restaurants in Biloxi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, American, Seafood
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Good for: Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dallas, Texas
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“Mixed reactions to Mary Mahoney's”
Reviewed 2 October 2006

DH and I, a friend, her daughter, and her sister were at the Beau Rivage for three nights and ate at Mary Mahoney's Friday night, Sept 29--it was the one meal we ate away from the hotel and I chose it based on information here and from their web site....I thought it would be quality meal and unique experience with local color...the location is very attractive with the old oak tree shading the patio and the historical setting giving a nice atmosphere...unfortunately things did not go as well as we anticipated.....
we walked over from the Beau and arrived right on time for our 6PM reservation...we could smell an odor of gas when we walked in and thought it was from space heaters or something--althought it was not that chilly ---the room they sat us in had doors to the kitchen and the odor was very strong there...my friend's sister and her daughter were more affected by it than the rest of us and they moved us to another room on the other side of the house where the smell was not a problem...the man who seated us was one of the owners and he said that "they told me it was fixed...I can't smell it because my nose is stopped up..."
so we were wondering if they had problem with stoves in kitchen but we didn't blow up ....
Rooms in Mary Mahoney's feature antique and reproduction furniture with crisp white tablecloths--very attractive but also not very large when you have all your serving pieces and plates...I had bloody Mary, my friend's sister had zinfandel, and the rest had unsweet tea---
we skipped appitizers and ordered our main courses....two people asked for the bleu cheese dressing for their salads--apparently Mary Mahoney makes a house bleu cheese which tasted to our friends like Russian dressing w/bleu cheese crumbles ---they did not like it and our waiter did not mention the "unique" ness--although we heard another waiter tell his table that info....
DH and I ordered broiled flounder--it was very large, not boned, and came with a dry, spicy and salty, rub on top--also not mentioned on the menu description...while the fish was moist and flaky and obviously straight from the broiler, the dry rub was a distraction and hard to scrap off which distracted from the taste....
my friend and her sister ordered the soft shell crabs which were fried--they each got 4 about the size of my palm and said they were very good---hot but not greasy--
my friend's daughter ordered the 6oz filet and enjoyed it--I ate a piece and it was flavorvul, moist and tender....I would have enjoyed it more than my flounder...
the side dish was broccoli--I thought it was overcooked but others like theirs soft so they were happy--but mine was cold when received at the table so it had been sitting in the kitchen, unlike theirs which came hot...

after dinner we had coffee which was good and ordered 1) a very good chocolate cake--moist with an icing that enhanced the flavor instead of drowning it--2)-the bread pudding which is signature dish of Mary Mahoney's had a sauce--very sweet and totally overwhelmed the pudding taste so that was not as enjoyable to us....3) lemon merangue pie--the topping was not merangue but more of a whipped cream topping and the crust was graham cracker, not pastry as we anticipated--that was big disappointment....

I guess we could have avoided some or our dinner's problems by asking about the composition of the dishs before ordering them but our waiter knew it was our first time to Mary Mahoney's and could have used that as a guidepost....

I think, like many restaurants, if you go there enough you find a dish/meal that meets your expectations and order that most of the time...people in our party had mixed reviews about their food--only one person liked everything ordered---I was disappointed not just in the food but because the total experience was not what I was hoping for....I wanted it to be a truly exceptional meal and there were just enough glitches to turn it into an "ok" dinner---and this is not an inexpensive restaurant to try your luck with ...

We would probably go back if we were in Biloxi because of the atmosphere and setting.and while some of the food was not to our taste it is a good restaurante..but I know we would question what we ordered from the menu more closely....

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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“Simply the best”
Reviewed 23 May 2006

Before our first trip to Bilox, several people recommended we splash out on a nice dinner at Mary Mahoney's. We did, and liked it so much, we went back a week later! There was absolutely nothing about the atmosphere, service, and food that wasn't stellar quality. Our server was attentive and friendly, the ambience was romantic and intimate, and the food! Absolutely divine.

The house (which dates back to the 1700s!) survived Katrina with minimal damage, they made all repairs and were one of the first restaurants to reopen on Beach Blvd.

This is not a place to grab a cheap meal, but if you want a lovely and delicious dinner, you definitely get what you pay for at Mary Mahoney's.

Try the gumbo!

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