After all the times we have been to New Orleans to eat, we had never been to K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen. I don't know why. It is obviously one of the classics and helped bring much national notoriety to the city, but we had not eaten there. Last Thursday night four of us went there and and had a good meal. The food was generally good, but presentation was as if it were banquet food. The room was okay. The service was rushed.
In the appetizer category, my daughter, a fried green tomato aficionado, pronounced the Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Chipotle Remoulade the best she has had. Roasted Three Cheese Sausage with Creole Sauce was excellent, but very heavy for an appetizer. Fried Rabbit Tenderloin with Creole Mustard Sauce was okay, but two nights later I had the same dish at Brigtsen's and it blew away K-Paul's version. Caesar Salad was good.
Entrees were Blackened Louisiana Drum, Pan-Fried Puppy Drum with Crawfish Hot Fanny Sauce, Blackened Beef Tenders with Debris Sauce and Blackened Stuffed Pork Chop Marchand de Vin. All of these were good, but the only exceptional dish was the Pork Chop. It's a thick pork chop stuffed with Asiago, Mozzarella and Caciocavello cheeses and fresh basil and is really outstanding. Maybe our lack of excitement had more to do with presentation and pacing of the meal than the food itself, because when I think about the food, I do have good memories of it. But at the time, it just didn't work.
We ordered and the appetizers came out within five minutes at the most. Two of the apps were still being eaten when all four entrees appeared. The waitress apologized, but we had the rushed entrees just the same. We passed on dessert and were back on the street in less than an hour. Total bill, with one cocktail, a $68 bottle of wine and tip, was just over $330 for the four of us.
I'm not saying K-Paul's is bad; it just isn't as good as several other places we love in New Orleans. We will spend our time and money elsewhere.