The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at fine-dining establishments, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their parents. Taste history with today’s deal: for $25, get $50 worth of upscale Creole and Cajun dinner fare at Louisiana Purchase Food and Spirits in Banner Elk.
Louisiana Purchase Food and Spirits' Creole and Cajun twists on upscale, seasonal steakhouse offerings garnered a Three Diamond rating from AAA. Open a menu to begin a meal-journey with baked oysters, which make room in their half shells for pancetta and spinach before being topped with a gruyere canopy ($12). The mumbo gumbo a embellishes a traditional mix of chicken, okra, and andouille sausage with seasoned rice and a topping of gumbo ﬁlé powder ($8), and the salad of exotic greens supports house-made boursin cheese encapsulated in crispy kataifi dough, roasted mixed nuts, and walnut vinaigrette ($10). For a meaty entree, avail taste buds of the New York strip ($28), complementing sizzling Angus beef with strategically plated garlic mashed potatoes, haricot verts, and green peppercorn sauce. The blackened fish Bourbon Street brings the lively atmosphere of its namesake to the menu, topped with sautéed crawfish tail meat, shallots, and green onions in étouffée sauce and finished with a choice of béarnaise, capers, or a rollicking tale of the capers of the ‘85 Bears ($23).