If you were born and raised in New Orleans, like me, you know what Gris-Gris means. If you don’t, I was nice enough to include the definition for you. No need to thank me. But here it can also mean great food, because everything we had was fantastic.
If you like the great outdoors, they offer sidewalk and upstairs balcony dining. Downstairs, which is where we sat, you have kitchen table dining. I loved that. The seating surrounds the kitchen so you can watch them cooking and plating your food. That way if the chef drops your food on the floor you can start counting to be sure he doesn’t violate the 5 second rule!
I love that little saying at the top of the menu. “I’ll dance at your funeral, if you dance at mine”. Kind of fits with the voodoo theme.
We decided on the Chicken Gizzard Grillades and Gumbo Du Jour for appetizers. For entrées we had the My Mom’s Chicken and Dumplings and a special not listed on the menu. Grilled swordfish and shrimp with sautéed veggies. Dessert was a sticky bun bread pudding with a soft caramel glaze.
The glorious food:
The gumbo was chicken and andouille sausage. A nice dark roux, full of meat, and deliciously seasoned and flavorful. Outstanding.
I grew up eating chicken gizzard stew. I’m not sure if we were poor or my mom just hated us. Anyway, I love them. If you’ve never had chicken gizzards, this is the place to try them. Very tender gizzards, served over a stone ground grit cake, with caramelized peppers and onions in a brown gravy. Utterly delicious.
The chicken and dumplings were great. Soft, fluffy dumplings and tender chicken, in a yummy, light gravy.
The swordfish and large shrimp were grilled perfectly. Sometimes I wonder what a good side dish is to go with fish. The sautéed zucchini, yellow squash and cherry tomatoes went great with it. As a side note beans go good with fish. Trust me. Try it. Fantastic dish. And even though it’s not on the menu, our waiter said it’s been on there for a while and should be around a while longer.
The bread pudding was very good. It was pretty dense, and I normally prefer a lighter, fluffier bread pudding. But the flavor was so good I enjoyed it. The sauce was awesome.
Fantastic place. I highly recommend it!
1800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 Ph: 504-272-0241