By Bobby Tingle
The orange chef
The Blue Birds Fish Camp has been an icon on the banks of the Sabine River since at least the 1940s. In the beginning it was primarily a bait shop.
Oscar and Sonia LeBlanc expanded with a restaurant on the site, which opened six weeks before Tropical Storm Harvey.
Like so many places in Orange County, Harvey was a setback for the restaurant. But they’ve come back stronger than ever and are moving forward with an extended seating area overlooking the Sabine River.
âI recruited our cooks from Lake Charles,â said LeBlanc, âthey’ve cooked their entire lives and know what it takes to make food great. We have customers who come from Lake Charles to eat.
Alvin and Evella Laverne have 35 years of cooking experience and take care of the kitchen.
Rodney Harris manages the restaurant.
Harris takes pride in his menu. They are famous for their burgers. But recently, they’ve added pork chops and chicken wings to accompany their brisket burger and other menu items.
LeBlanc is innovative.
âYou should try our new appetizer. We call it landing gear. It’s a platter of fried shrimp heads and it’s more popular than our burgers, âsaid LeBlanc.
Blue Birds is located at 102 North Farragut in Orange.
The view from their back dining room is awesome.