Ever since New Orleans found the wormhole in the depths of its grandmother's armoire, it's been hopping by Nashville in hopes of turning the town Cajun. Take a bite out of its base camp with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of Cajun eats and drinks at Taste of N'awlins, located in Joelton. Taste of N'awlins is open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and Thursday through Saturday during dinner hours.
Taste of N'awlins's salivary-gland-sating menu spans the spectrum of traditional Cajun cuisine, with bayou-inspired starters, po' boys, seafood, and platters. Start with a succulent order of French Quarter crab cakes ($10.99) before moving on to the catfish-filet platter, which saunters onto the table with an entourage of slaw, white beans, hush puppies, and choice of potato ($9.50 for small, $11.99 for large). The roast-beef po' boy ($7.50 for 6", $9.25 for 12", and $5.50 for a bun), a juicy serving of roasted bovine sandwiched between halves of crusty French bread, will float tasters down a lazy meat-juice bayou while the slow-cooked gumbo ($3.25 for a cup, $5.99 for a bowl) balances spice, chicken, and sausage in a succulent pool of authentic Cajun roux. Diners diligently watching their figure can opt for the fresh garden salad with grilled shrimp ($10.99) and feel confident flashing those inner elbows this year on Bourbon Street.
Native New Orleanians Dale and Nikki Tamborella opened Taste of N'awlins in late 2009 to give Nashville a taste of down-home Cajun cooking. As experienced restaurateurs, they installed their authentic Louisianan creations behind an unassuming Joelton storefront, safe from the far-reaching wizardry of competitors seeking to use their recipes to appease the angry, geographically confused ghost of Tennessee Williams.