Ever since New Orleans found the wormhole in the depths of its grandmother's armoire, it's been hopping by Cleveland in hopes of turning the town Cajun. Take a bite out of its base camp with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of NOLA eats and drinks at Fat Fish Blue.
Serving up French-style Louisiana cooking along with traditional American favorites for lunch and dinner, Fat Fish Blue also hosts live jazz and blues performances five nights a week. Start tongues tapping with a half pound of boiled crawfish ($6.99) and fried green tomatoes with collard greens, mobile relish, and Cajun mayo ($5.99). Entrees include the mumbo jambalaya chicken ($9.99) and the Cajun crawfish ravioli, which replaces the tiny crustaceans' hard outer shells with tender pasta and tosses them with sauteed chicken, onions, and pepper in a Cajun pepper cream ($17.99). Vegetarians can nosh a crisp veggie burger heaped with lettuce, tomato, and shaved onion ($7.99), while roving sweet teeth can be wooed back with desserts such as the carpetbagger, a chocolate sack filled with sponge cake, fresh fruit, and Godiva white chocolate mousse ($11.99). Fat Fish Blue also offers a spacious bar full of potent potables.
Carved from a former auto repair center and located under a parking structure downtown, Big Fish Blue offers a raw, relaxed atmosphere with exposed ductwork, a blue-lit bar, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the Big Easy–inspired eatery features local and national touring artists every Wednesday through Sunday (some performances require tickets). Impress a date with your crawfish finger-puppet routine or exude nonchalance amidst the cool jazz wafting through Big Fish Blue.
Groupon not valid during happy hour.
Cleveland Scene readers named Fat Fish Blue the city's Best First Date Restaurant in the 2009 Best of Cleveland Readers’ Choice. Citysearch awarded the restaurant its Best Date Spot in Cleveland in the Best of Citysearch for 2006. Cleveland Scene also mentioned Fat Fish Blue in its 2008 Dining Guide. Yelpers give the restaurant an average of 3.5 stars and Citysearchers give it an average of four stars. Seventy-seven percent of more than 90 Urbanspooners like it:
- This rollicking southern-style restaurant and music venue has always been about blues, booze, fun, and food; and if that final element has traditionally come in last, today it's catching up fast, with well-balanced versions of jambalaya, gumbo, shrimp and grits… – Cleveland Scene
- Good cajun food, good beer selection, great music and plenty of friendly people. – Andy Miofsky, Urbanspoon
- Not only was the food amazing but the bar was one of the most spacious and fun places to sit in the restaraunt [sic]. – hawaii5oh3, Citysearch