“Laissez les bon temps rouler” is a favorite saying at Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen; translated from French, it means, “let the good times roll.” With a blend of Cajun cuisine, cold drinks, and live music, the restaurant recreates the rollicking atmosphere of New Orleans' French Quarter. In the kitchen, chefs orchestrate multiple Gulf Coast flavors in classic louisiana catfish po'boys and blackened-shrimp platters, or let simple, properly prepared oysters and broiled crawfish stand on their own. Servers draw frothy mugs of beer from local breweries CIB and Keg Creek or mix specialty cocktails and frozen daiquiris. The lively atmosphere has drawn musicians such as two-time Grammy nominee Gerald Clayton and Mr. Tambourine Man.
Reviewers are mixed on service and pricing, but customers generally agree that the Passport Restaurant is a good place for a special occasion. Seven Yahoo Travelers give the Passport Restaurant an average of three stars. TripAdvisors rate it an average of three owl eyes. Three Yelpers give it 3.5 stars on average.
The restaurant’s ambitious menu, which is heavy on the seafood, aims to please with the genuine intent of the Crayola 64 Big Box. Start with an order of fajita nachos ($7.59) or guacamole ($9.59) before moving on to entrees that include combination plates, shrimp plates, and an ocean’s worth of seafood-centric dishes. Try the whole deep-fried red snapper, neighbored with soup or salad, choice of starch, and tortillas ($12.59). Side selections with an order of chips and salsa ($3.29) or beans ($1.89), and save room for flan ($2.50), which can be eaten or used as a smooshy pillow for taking a full-belly-induced siesta.
Perched above the restaurant’s entrance, the Cat Daddy’s catfish mascot welcomes diners into his digs, sporting a sharp fedora and a devious grin. He's a symbol of what patrons are in for: catfish with a kick. At Cat Daddy's, the cooks fry up spicy Cajun catfish in addition to a slew of southern-style eats. The surf side of Cat Daddy’s menu rolls out heaping platters of shrimp, white fish, and tilapia, complementing inland specials including fried chicken and full pounds of rib tips. Down-home to its core, Cat Daddy’s surrounds meals with collections of knickknacks and keepsakes lining its wood-paneled walls, and outside, a spacious patio hosts heated bites during summer months.
A+ Buffet & Mongolian Grill doles out endless helpings of authentic Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechuan, and Hunan cuisine at its all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffets. In addition to buffet fare and takeout charged by the pound, the dine-in menu flaunts traditional dishes ranging from moo go gai pan and kung pao shrimp to the veggie-friendly Buddhist Delight, which guests can order verbally or by rubbing their server's belly.
Nestled in the historic Haymarket area, JTK Cuisine & Cocktails works to preserve the traditions of American cooking. Chefs keep their menus short, using only fresh ingredients that are in season. As they follow the cooling or warming of the air throughout the year, they change up the menu three or four times to introduce new weather-appropriate dishes and plot twists in the story of Appetizer and Entree. Their menus have focused on elements of modern American cuisine from both land and sea, while accommodating vegetarian, gluten-free, and other diets. Culinary teams shape burgers from American Wagyu beef, marinate cuts of New York strip and flatiron steak, and sear duck and chicken breasts. They also drizzle glazes and seasonings atop scallops, Atlantic salmon, and shrimp. These dishes pair with the restaurant's wines, which include bottles from around the world that represent a range of grape varietals and regions.