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.
Named for the ever-present loaves of bread that stood as religious offerings at the Temple in Jerusalem, The Table is Bread mingles Southern culinary and spiritual traditions in a spacious dining room. The menu brims with classic Southern specialties alongside Cajun-tinged seafood such as the signature Table La-La, a juicy catfish fillet fried or grilled and smothered in zesty crawfish étouffée. The centerpieces aren't the only flavors in the spotlight, however. "The candied yams were my favorite," writes Shermin Khan of Dig Baton Rouge. "Cooked with brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon, [they were] neither too greasy nor overly sweet." Khan also expands upon the restaurant's spiritual focus, which draws weekly performances by gospel musicians and includes maintaining an alcohol-free atmosphere.
Chefs top their oven-baked specialty pizzas with eclectic combinations of ingredients—such as shrimp and jalapeños or barbeque chicken and mozzarella—but that’s just a slice of the Phat Boy'z pie. They also slather crispy golden wings with nine unique sauces ranging from lemon pepper to spicy mango and concoct fruit-festooned dessert pizzas for carry-out or delivery to the bottom of a precariously placed well.
Cafe Delphi Greek and Lebanese Restaurant's proprietor, Mir Hassan, and expert chefs take taste buds on culinary tours of the cradle of humanity with an extensive menu of delicious Mediterranean delights. Paying homage to the ancient Greek tradition of filling up on breadsticks, appetizers prelude Near Eastern feastings with tantalizing dishes such as the fried-cheese or grilled-eggplant musaka. On main plates, juicy kebabs skewer tender cuts of chicken or beef, and Mediterranean samplers unite cabbage rolls, kibbeh, and a choice of chicken shawarma or gyros with meat tastefully dressed in a cape of grape leaves. In addition to tasty terrestrial meats, tongues swoon over sea specialties and vegetable entrees such as the Delphi’s fish topped with special pasta sauce and served with hummus and rice, or the vegetarian plate, a tasty mélange of hummus, musaka, spinach pie, and feta salad.
LaFleur's Seafood Restaurant, once again captained by the original LaFleur family, continues to fill its seven dining rooms with heaping plates of fish, shrimp, and grilled steaks. Never-ending platters of all-you-can-eat oysters and shrimp ($19.95) help to fill bottomless appetites, grills offer up 14 ounces of flame-kissed ribeye steak ($16.95), and Friday night eaters can feast on the snow crab special ($21.95). Homemade onion rings massage away pre-meal hunger pangs ($5.95 for 20) and refreshing gulps of domestic and imported beers ($2.50+) keep whistles wetted throughout dinner. During the midday mealtime rushes Sunday through Friday, LaFleur's Seafood Restaurant unfurls a lunchtime buffet ($7.95), which includes its signature fried catfish, a salad bar, and enough silverware to build a scale model of Atlantis out of forks.
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