Sharing a meal out strengthens family bonds in a civilized way, unlike invading the neighborhood block party and laying siege to the bounce castle. Subjugate your hunger with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Cajun cuisine at Prudhomme's Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia.
The chefs at Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen take diners on a culinary journey to New Orleans with an ever-changing menu of southern cuisine cooked to order inside a historic 1800s hotel. Diners devour the catfish Prudhomme's blackened fish ($19.95), and solder their forks into a four-post frame that supports the dish's bed of crawfish étouffee and rice. Eyes travel across Early American artifacts hanging on the walls as mouths sample an alligator platter ($19.95), for which chefs sautée fresh Louisiana tail meat with veggies and wine. Roast duck settles amid pear purée ($21.95), spinach and cheese stuff two tilapia fillets ($17.95), and the King Louis Supreme layers catfish between Atlantic claw crab ($18.95). Occasional live-music acts lend their voices to dinner conversations, and patrons can sing an improvised medley about their favorite Cajun spices during karaoke on Friday nights.
Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen
Although Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen occupies a nearly 200-year-old brick hotel and former speakeasy replete with underground tunnels and a reputation for hauntings, the restaurant nevertheless exudes a warm, lively vibe. For 24 years, aromas of fried shrimp and blackened catfish have drifted through the dining room, whose dark wood walls display a jumble of American antiques and artifacts as owners David and Sharon Prudhomme rove around greeting guests.