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Jan 28, 2010 06:03 AM

Restaurant Review - Atchafalaya Restaurant

Mr. Nikinik and I took some out of town guests to Atchafalaya Restaurant (previously Atchafalaya Cafe) last night.

Atmosphere: A-
I really love the atmosphere of this little place. Small...warm lighting and the character that comes with old houses. It reminds me of the houses in my neighborhood (Algiers Point). I would've liked that the tables be not quite so close together.

Service: A -
We could tell that our server was new and he was nervous...and could've used a little more polish. But all in all he still did a really good job.


Fried Green Tomatoes Topped with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat: $12 B-
The tomatoes were really good and fried perfectly. They were not stingy AT ALL with the crab...The lumps were big and plentiful. What threw this dish off a little was the remoulade it was entirely too strong. It just had an overwhelming taste of strong creole mustard...which was just too much when dealing with a taste as delicate as crab.

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp: $10
One of our guests got this appetizer with a house salad to eat together as an entree. She raved about the shrimp.

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad: $10 B+
This salad was really good. It would've gotten an A...but I felt it was stingy on the blue cheese.

Crawfish Atchafalaya (fettucine): $18 B+
This was a really nice sized serving for the price. The pasta was cooked perfectly. I found the crawfish to be slightly overcooked...but not enough so to ruin the dish for me. One of our guests got this and gave it an A+. I am a little bit of a harsh critic on this dish because I cook crawfish fettucine that is out of this world. Second to mine, I LOVE the Crawfish Diablo at Maximo's...and didn't feel that this dish was as good....but still good none the less.

Shrimp and Grits: $23 A
I'm a big shrimp and grits eater. When I have seen it in other restaurants, it's usually a cream type sauce...or BBQ shrimp. The menu described theirs as a smoked tomato and andouille broth. I'm not big on tomato broth based I passed. I'm VERY thankful that hubby didn't pass. This dish was the winner of the night. The grits were so creamy and delicious! The sauce was an incredible compliment and the shrimp were cooked perfectly! Since hubby was going through it so quickly, I didn't get a chance to see how many shrimp were I can't really say if it was a good value or not.

Other notes....

The bread: A+
Jalapeno cornbread muffins! They were fantastic...and they kept it coming. At first they were stingy on the amount of butter we got...but we just asked for more and they brought plenty.

Overall, I'd give Atchafalaya Restaurant a B+ and I'd definitely go again. Hubby and I are big on going out to brunch, so I definitely want to go back for that.

Oh yeah....this restaurant is on at 80% off right now. Unfortunately I had forgotten my coupon at home!

Also note: This is one of the few restaurants on that does have day restrictions and can only be used M-Th.

Cafe Atchafalaya
901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

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  1. is there a new coupon code for the 80% off? INDULGE has expired.

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      1. re: gastrotect

        done! will check it out.. thanks for the code!

    1. I LOVE this place, had one of the great brunches of my life there

      1. Thank you for the timely posting. i'll be going there in a week for a small birthday dinner and am glad to read your views.

        I've had lunch there before K and tried to get there for lunch after K but when they reopened the days were restricted so I could never match their schedule with when I was in the area.

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        1. re: collardman

          I'm fairly certain the ownership has changed since pre-K (probably in the last year, if I am not mistaken). I think the consensus is that the food is better now than it was before. I had dinner here last winter and was pleasantly surprised. I had fish topped with lump crab meat and a beurre blanc that was excellent. The shrimp and grits I tried at the Food & Wine Festival from their booth were quite good (if memory serves correctly). I'll be having brunch there on Sunday and am looking forward to trying out the breakfast dishes.

        2. We ate here just about a month ago and I also had the Shrimp and Grits which was very very good, we all enjoyed our food but the service was SO WEIRD it was really off-putting! We were attended to by maybe 4 different people, the first guy that came to the table, about 15 minutes after we sat down, was so strange that after he disappeared for most of our meal, we were certain he had been fired, until he eventually showed up again. It was as though the entire staff had NEVER eaten at a restaurant or BEEN in one. Ever, let alone worked in one.

          Everyone who serviced us was so strange and awkward we finally decided that they must have been vampires who had taken over the restaurant and tied up the regular servers in the back.

          I hope they can get it together and get some decent service in there, it was stressing me out, just watching the strange spectrum between extremely nervous servers to swaggering weirdos that I thought were going to slap me on the butt if I got up to use the restroom !