The seasonal fare at CrawDaddy's sends wayward appetites straight to the Louisiana coast to learn the art of festive Cajun dining. Shelled and nonshelled entrees wash up on tables surrounded by the cozy dining room's seafaring-themed décor, which includes rustic-style wooden tables and light-blue walls. Fried-catfish baskets and piles of painstakingly boiled shrimp lie beneath handsome wall hangings of essential fisherman tools, such as crisscrossed oars, fishing nets, and a pocket English-to-trout phrasebook used to persuade fish in their native tongue.
From an English-style cottage nestled in the Jackson Street Historic District, The Parker House offers a savory haven for home-style eaters with a menu of aged steaks and simple Southern comfort food. Lavish starters tempt eager stomachs with rich mouthfuls of duck quesadilla, served with gouda, roasted corn salsa, and spiced sour cream ($9), or grit fries, crusted in herbs and bread crumbs topped with a smoky honey-chipotle aioli ($8). The Catfish Katherine astounds palates with a fresh Mississippi catfish blanketed with a sizzling sauté of crab, mushrooms, and green onions alongside edible islands of mashed potatoes and turnip greens ($24). With only certified Hereford and USDA prime beef, rehabilitated werebears can stymie carnivorous pangs with a marbled ribeye ($32) or an aged six-ounce tenderloin fillet ($25).
To prepare gourmet versions of Southern classics, Mint relies on fresh local ingredients for its seasonal offerings. The lunch and dinner menus are full of creative culinary interpretations of traditional comfort food, artfully arranged to please the palate and the eyes. Whet your appetite with the sautéed and fried crab claws (served with house-made comeback sauce, $11.95) or an order of the duck nachos ($11.95), topped with gouda cheese, mint pico de gallo, and blackberry syrup. Afternoon noshers can feast on the house-made fettuccine pasta with Gulf shrimp ($14.95) or find comfort in the arms of a fried pork tenderloin sandwich ($10.95). Sample the sweet-salty alliance of the mint julep chicken and waffles ($12.95 for lunch; $16.95 for dinner), reminiscent of the olden days when bartenders still mixed chickens in highball glasses by hand. For the poultry averse, the truffled lobster mac ‘n cheese ($21.95), rack of lamb ($42.95), and shrimp and grits ($21.95) all do their best to fill the bellies of dinner diners with the cozy tenderness of a hug from within.
Owner Elias Habib and the staff at Mediterranean Fish and Grill serve up Mediterranean cuisine and seafood with a healthy twist. Free from unhealthy fats, and cooked with olive oil and healthy spices, their dishes include New York strip shish kababs, spiced chicken shawarma gyros, and Dungeness crab cakes. They can also pair these delicious dishes with sides such as hummus, fresh tzatziki, and stuffed grape leaves.
Chefs Aaron and Felicia Kent at Kent's Cajun Kitchen cater parties and get-togethers with trays of piquant Cajun fare. Cajun barbecue or hot wings emerge from a small tray or a personal dressing room to perform daring nosedives into included blue-cheese or ranch dressing. Friends and family fill unoccupied stomach space with a selection of cool, creamy chicken-salad sandwiches. Sides of chips quell cravings for a savory crunch, and pickles are ideal for spiking during a touchdown celebration if the buffet table runs out of footballs. Although not included in today's Groupon, Kent's Cajun Kitchen also offers catering and family meal deals.
The chefs at El Potrillo prepare authentic Mexican dishes using quality ingredients such as USDA-certified Angus beef, crisp vegetables, and housemade sauces. House specialties brimming with sweet scallops and pork carnitas arrive on sizzling molcajetes—traditional Mexican cooking tools made of volcanic rock. Healthy dishes include spinach enchiladas topped with green tomatillo sauce and chicken fajitas, all part of the massive nine-page menu that also features classic margaritas, wine, and imported and domestic beers.