This is a whole lotta stuff in one dish - and yes - we asked for the cheese on the side for my non-cheese 2011. Really it was a baked potato with 2 breaded & fried medallions of gator slathered in ranch. Everybody tried a bit of the gator and it doesn't taste like chicken. It's almost a fish/chicken hybrid - if that makes any sense. It was a fairly light meat - which I guess surprised me a bit.
Overall we liked it - but I'm not sure it was worth $11 - maybe that's just because the gator is more expensive.
I asked for a side of cornbread with my dinner and then Rob heard - cornbread - so we decided to just get a whole order for the table. Cornbread varies so much - this was a hybrid between cake and cornbread - which is just the way I like it! It was really sweet and moist but yet had that grainy texture that I like so much in cornbread. The butter - well - it wasn't soft (argh!) so that was annoying but it softened up pretty quickly.
Cincinnati Bites earlier review, I decided somebody should try the catfish ($13.99) and that somebody was me! It came with hush puppies, fried potatoes, cole slaw, tartar sauce and cocktail sauce. The fish was really good - I've never been one to say something tastes "fishy" but I've heard that complaint many times about catfish - this had none of that. The breading was good and very crispy. The portion was ginormous! The hush puppies were fine but nothing too special. I loved the fried potatoes under the fish - not sure why but they were great. The cole slaw was just okay so I didn't waste my belly space on it. All in all - really a great choice!
Rob got the Jambalaya ($12.99) and let me snag a bite. It had a smoky flavor and was very mild. Not the most appetizing when you see it spilled out in the bowl but it has a lot of flavor. They sure do love their lettuce & scallion garnish don't they?!
Sarah went for the Crawfish Etoufee ($15.99) which had such a different flavor from the Jambalaya. This was chunkier and a lot spicier. I have to say - I liked this one better - at least what I could tell from one quick bite.
All the entrees (except my fish) also came with a side salad as well - I just forgot to photograph before people started eating...
Bella Luna for my bread pudding fix.
While we're still working on our first year...but we're all smiles!
I should also mention service - we were there on a Saturday evening around 730pm. We made reservations but they definitely weren't necessary as there were plenty of empty tables. We had a very happy and attentive server - she was oozing bubbly all over the place!
Why Should You Go? I've never been to NOLA so can't really answer the "is this authentic" question but we all enjoyed our dinners and only Sarah had leftovers which she did take home. So I think it's definitely a thumbs up from our group. If you head out - be sure to drive through New Richmond on the way if you haven't been - (take a right at any of the signs) and drive by the river. It's a nice view. A was a success!
Can't wait to find out where we'll be going for the letter B!