Cajun cuisine's distinct spices stem from its attitude-laden ingredients, such as brazen pork cheek, incredulous crawfish, and sassy-fras. Give your taste buds some lip with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of classic New Orleans fare at K-Joe's Restaurant in the French Quarter.
K-Joe's unexpected menu not only features Cajun and Creole dishes, such as the chicken and sausage jambalaya ($13.95), but it also boasts a selection of Italian entrees, such as canneloni ($14.95). For an early-morning kick in the palate, sample the breakfast offerings, including Cajun-style morning munchables such as the jambalaya omelette, stuffed with rice, sausage, shrimp, and cheese ($11.95), which transforms into a burst of kinetic energy under the nimble fingers of Gambit. Afternoon favorites include oyster, catfish, and shrimp po' boys ($10.95) and fried seafood platters ($14.95–$17.95). Complement any meal on the menu with Chef Joseph Faroldi's signature starter of onion petals with crawfish sauce ($8.95) and a specialty dessert of bread pudding with bananas-Foster sauce ($4.95).
Chef Faroldi's classic dishes are the culmination of his studies at the Culinary Institute of America and his lifelong residence in New Orleans. Raised in the French Quarter, he began cooking on his grandmother's stove, learning early how to make guests feel at home by concocting flavorsome fare from local seafood and produce. His open and inviting restaurant is vibrantly decorated with jazz instruments, French flourishes, and the ghost of Tennessee Williams.