A homegrown success story with a slew of awards and nearly 40 years of history, Popeyes has introduced its menu of Louisiana eats to taste seekers around the globe. Rather than downloading low-quality, unsatisfying meals through the Internet, packs can pick up Popeyes’ family-style meals, pairing eight pieces of Cajun fried chicken with four buttermilk biscuits and a side of award-winning rice and beans ($16.99). A po boy stuffed with crunchy shrimp ($3.49) makes a splash in lunchboxes, and chicken nuggets ($2.49 for six pieces) surf into mouths on waves of refreshing sweet tea ($2.99/gal.).
A hunk of brisket at VooDoo BBQ & Grill begins its journey suspended over a bed of pecan and oak logs. Coated in a dry rub of local spices, the meat slowly turns on a rotisserie rod for up to 16 hours, its skin crisping while the inside stays a warm pink. The chefs smoke all their beef brisket and pulled pork over logs from Louisiana-based trees to lend them the region's unique smoked flavor, even at the risk of confusing passing botanists. They lightly coat grilled sausages, chicken, and burgers in three signature sauces inspired by the state's Cajun recipes. To complement their menagerie of smoked and grilled meats, they sling a variety of southern sides such as corn pudding, greens, and potato salads. At each of the 13 locations, the aroma of roasting meat fills a space of dark-stained wood and wrought iron; dining rooms awash in a palette of reds, greens, and oranges buzz with the sounds of jazz and blues.
Harnessing the heat of an open-flame char broiler, the spatula specialists at Ground Pat'i flip, sear, and season succulent burgers and steaks made with USDA Choice beef. Sharpen incisors on a juicy half-pound signature Ground Pat'i burger ($8.25), or opt to challenge chompers by excavating through strata of bacon atop the applewood-bacon cheese Ground Pat'i burger ($9.25). Tender rib-eye steaks ($17.95) are char grilled before providing diners with enough delicious protein to bench-press unsuspecting dates. A variety of hot sandwiches fills restless jazz hands with lighter cuts, including chicken, shrimp, and tuna. After meals, rattle stomach estates one more time with a deluge of chocolate and frosting from the Oreo brownie sundae ($5.45), one of three sacchariferous dessert options. To sate thirsty urges, browse the eclectic selection of specialty drinks and draft beers at the full-service bar.
Café D’Cappuccino’s staff serves up café meals from breakfast to dinner, preparing frozen coffee, iced cappuccinos, and chai teas along the way. At breakfast, the shrimp and grits special combines pepper-grilled shrimp with gooey cheddar cheese and a sprinkling of chives, while lunchtime diners can dig into the stacks of toasty bread and bacon inside towering club sandwiches. Sautéed shrimp rear their heads again in the shrimp grand isle quesadilla, where they occupy a tortilla packed with cheddar, cilantro, onions, and mushrooms.
The culinary team at Rosco’s grills fresh seafood with Louisiana flair and serves it boiled, fried, or packed within a po boy. A menu of baskets outlines proper methods for satiating creole hankerings by pairing red beans and rice with fried morsels of shrimp ($10.50), catfish ($10.50), or oysters ($11.50). Po boys arrive at tables in full or half sizes, bearing 16 selections of filling, and each option can also be ordered in sandwich form. The staff packs the fried-crawfish po boy with lettuce, pickle, and tomato ($9.99 for a full) to render hunger a memory. The kids’ menu depicts selections that can abrogate child-size appetites and, unlike most media geared toward children, doesn’t require them to sing along, and desserts such as pecan pie ($3.50) add sweetness to the palate.