Recipes are written in a language all their own, leading amateur cooks to confuse a pinch for a dash or forget that the chef's word for "water" is "salt." Trust a native speaker with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get $35 worth of authentic creole cuisine during dinner at Marcela's Creole Cookery. Dinner is served Monday–Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The kitchen at Marcela's Creole Cookery quells appetites with a dinner menu of signature dishes that Seattle Weekly contributor A.J. Tigner lauded for the "great new tastes" that set it apart from typical Cajun joints. Pairs of baked flounder fillets ($16.95) hide juicy crabmeat stuffing beneath blankets of creamy creole sauce, and a septet of barbecued shrimp ($20.95) broils in butter and 15 spices that form a rich broth perfect for hydrating parched french bread. Diners can still hear the echoes of improvised jazz solos from plates of fried blue-crab claws ($8) flown straight from New Orleans. The French Quarter sampler ($16.95) bombards palates with spices from a spread of jambalaya, crawfish pie, and shrimp gumbo, and links of both andouille and boudin sausages sizzle side-by-side in the Bourbon Street Duo ($16.95). Guests can relish sips of New Orleans–made Abita beers ($4) or quaff strawfuls of sweet, rum-infused hurricane cocktails ($8.50).
Marcela's Creole Cookery
Marcela's Creole Cookery uproots the definitive flavors of authentic New Orleans cuisine and Cajun fare and packs them into a menu brimming with robust seasonings and exotic meats, as mentioned by Seattle Weekly contributor A.J. Tigner. With 30 combined years in the restaurant world, Marcela's owners have created an inviting eatery that pays homage to the Big Easy with vibrant, playful colors showcased in contemporary artwork. Red-clothed tables coddle piping-hot platters of creole delicacies, including muffaletta po boys, hearty gumbos, and fried ocean critters such as shrimp, alligator, and crawfish from Poseidon's personal crustacean collection.