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Cafe Atchafalaya-the good, the bad and the tasty

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Cafe Atchafalaya-the good, the bad and the tasty

mcegielski | May 12, 2008 10:04 PM

This place is so cool. What a warm vibe. Mother's Day Brunch 11am. Not yet packed. They were able to sneak us in. We tried to hit Dante's but it was a mess of people (of course) My Mom would of been down for a sack of Crystal burgers for Mother's Day but I figured what the hell if Atchafalaya is packed we can just grill out. Anyhow, they got us in and the place is so cool. I have only been there two other times.

The Good, the cocktails for sure! We had bloody mary's and pimms cups. The two live musicians were a wonderful touch, really, really cool. Atmosphere simply outstanding.

The Bad, a couple of things. About two months ago they put plastic signs up on every telephone post o Magazine Street. Every single one. It was worse than Katrina and annoyed me to the point that I thought I would never go back out of spite. It was every lamp post, telephone post, etc. for miles. Tacky! Now, the homeade signs they make and post near Tchoup and again near Louisiana/Magazine are cool but the platic ones everywhere were a HUGE turnoff!
Secondly, I ordered the shrimp remoulade salad. It said Shrimp, eggs, tomatoes, lettuce, remoulade, and bacon. It came to table and was gorgeous. However, no bacon! That was the single ingredient that made me order that dish. It was getting really busy and I never got a chance to ask the server to bring some out as they were feelin' the rush.. Also, who really wants to be the glutton to say, "I need Bacon!' I figured I would live and I did and it was still good but I figured that was a key ingredient to miss. When a restaurant puts the ingredients of the dish on a menu then leaves one of them out it is a big no-n in my book.

The Tasty. The Strawberry Pain Perdue. WOW. We ordered one for the table along with our meals and it was killer. Can something be rich and light at the same time? It was dreamy to quote Marcia Brady. Mom had fried green tomatoes with a generous portion of beautiful white crabmeat on top.

I would recommend this place to everyone. Casual, yet elegant, sophisticated, yet down to earth. What a place! Minus the oversight of the bacon and this place is incredible.

One time I went there with the wife and we just had some appetizers and drinks at the bar. I remember Nutty Shrimp, Big shrinp caked in nuts with a sweet sauce. YUM!

Next time you are looking for brunch, give them a shot. Great food a great prices, awesome music, and nice staff.

Yes, they forgot the bacon. The one flaw! A big one as bacon makes everything taste better!

If you go, sample whatever Pain Perdue they might have and your Saturday/Sunday will climb to new heights of happiness!

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