Summary: Not super spicy (that’s for tourists and road kill!) made with care and understanding. Portions are moderate – which leaves room for those killer beignets. Fantastic cocktails. Relaxed atmosphere with great/knowledgeable service. It’s a little more expensive than other “cajun” restaurants – and the uptick in quality is evident in every sip and bite.
Laid back atmosphere – NOT like Manressa or Cyrus (big screen TV with the game on over the well-stocked bar.) Wear jeans.
Oysters Rock-a –Fella: seriously the Best Ever!!! Velvet-y, flavorful, perfectly cooked magic in a shell!!!
The Fried Green Tomato Salad includes tangy diced green tomatoes fried with just a whisper of cornmeal crust and served with boiled eggs - which really work well with the dish. This is all served on a generous smear of a super-flavorful, fluffy/creamy sauce that defies flavor profiling. We scraped the plate.
The Red Beans and Rice were unbelievably flavorful, with a moderate portion house-made, house-smoked sausage. The beans are not overly spicy – that’s what the Crystal hot sauce on the table is for - and the dish is clearly designed so one can apply as much heat as they wish (that’s just good Nola hospitality!).
The Shrimp and Grits come with the head and skins on – the way they should. The shrimp are in some kind of wonderful brown sauce that includes Worcestershire and magic. The grits are super creamy and buttery. Sublime.
We were warned that the beignets are more buttery than Café du Monde. Nothing wrong with that! An order includes five puffy, powdered sugar-sprinkled beignets. So simple – and so good. And a great accompaniment to coffee or another Bourbon cocktail.
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