Heard about it stopped by for lunch. What I ordered: Fried Catfish Po Boy w/ Andouille Rice.
What i got: Fried catfish strips on a plain roll. Yellow rice with thick plain gravy.
With a Po Boy I expect slaw, fried onions, remoulade, something.
We ate here last night. Went mainly for the fried oysters which they were out of. Had crabcakes and crawfish boulettes for apps. Not a hint of crab in cakes, nor crawfish in boulettes. Crabcakes tasted like fried breadcrumbs; boulettes like fried doughballs. For the main course we had blackened surf and turf. Totally charred, no cooling dip, nasty slimy sauce on top of overcooked rice. Mushy side vegetables. Won't be going back.
I have to say I too am quite surprised by the reviews. I've never had a bad meal at Big Mamou's Springfield location. Just tried their new Williamsburg location this week and it was truly fabulous (go to my web site for my review: www.passionaterations.com Feb 7, 2008 post).
And, yes, I've been to Louisiana.
Maybe try again? I wish you a better experience if you do.
Williamsburg seems to attract a different demographic. With the pea-green linens and the average clientele age of 50, I felt like I was eating in an nursing home. I prefer the atmosphere at the old location, it was much more lively. But the food at Williamsburg Mamou was just as tasty.
One of the most over-rated restaurants in WMass. Never mind authentic, I've never had a decent meal there. 3rd rate ingredients, greasy, poorly presented.
I don't get why they are even still in business.
And they are opening up in Williamsburg? Well, this is The Valley and we get excited by what we hope are authentic ethnic restaurants, so I'm sure there will be a line of Volvos in the parking lot no matter how good or bad the food actually is. Probably mine included, at least for a few visits.