Are you from Louisiana and get homesick? Are you from anywhere else and just curious about the real thing? Head here--you won't be sorry. It is out of the way, but just go.
I had heard about this place for a few months now and been meaning to try it. An entire congregation ended up in Round Mountain/Marble Falls following Katrina and cooked a thank you meal for the community. Everyone liked it so much, they suggested a restaurant opening.
I drove an hour from Austin to get out here tonight and my god, it was so completely worth it. In the middle of nowhere, almost attached to a Shell gas station, more than unpretentious because they just don't need to be. The food here is exactly what I grew up eating in Louisiana and it was perfect.
When I first tasted the gumbo, I almost shed a tear. Not from the spice (which is considerable and wonderful) but from the absolute happiness and nostalgia that it evoked. It was great, dark and spicy with chicken, shrimp, and sausage.
For my dinner, I got a plate of red beans and rice with smoked sausage and a side of fried okra. These red beans were exactly what I spent every Monday eating. The consistency was great and the flavor was outstanding. The sausage, sliced in half and grilled before being laid over the beans, was smoky and flavorful.
The okra was hot and light, not much batter and super fresh.
My girlfriend got a fried shrimp poboy and was happy as hell about it. The shrimp were perfectly battered and well seasoned. The bread was good, but she was disappointed that it wasn't completely traditional. However, we understand that it's quite the task to get Riesling's french bread from Louisiana, so she decided to forgive them.
We each got an order of bread pudding for dessert and had plenty to bring home. It was rich and warm, with a sweet sauce that tasted almost like pralines. A good substitute for bourbon or whiskey sauce which wasn't expected from a restaurant run as part of a ministry.
Brilliant, fantastic, so completely worth the drive. We chatted with our waitress and compared Katrina stories and they were thrilled to hear that we were from Slidell. We're going to be eating there at least once a month. I can't wait to try their roast beef poboy.
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