On my way to Pierre Part to visit some friends, I stopped by Donaldsonville for lunch. Most of the restaurants on the main strip were closed for the Christmas vacation, the only one open was Grapevine. I ordered a spnach andouille stuffed drum. It came in as two sauteed filets with a layer of spicy spinach/andouille between them, topped a cream sauce (probably from the oil and spices left after sauteeing the drum). It was a darn good dish, it wasn't too salty and the smothered okra it came with were also very good and were not runny. I topped off the dinner with a white chocolate white pudding and a cup of coffee. The cup of coffee had "Cafe des Amis" on one side, and Grapevine on the other. Apparently, the grapevine is owned by the same folks who have cafe des ami in Breaux Bridge. Come to thinking of it, one item on the menu, "Etouffee a la pont bridge" -or words to that effect, makes now perfect sense to me.
So next time you're taking HWY 1, stop by the Grapevine, it is worth it.
p.s. I picked up a Chicken Cornbread at the Pierre Part store. We had to cook it, and it was really good. This was my first time running into such a dish, and I am surprised that such a wonderful dish isn't more famous.
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