The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana state quarter from your ear. Today's Groupon presents another option when there are no illusionists handy: for $15, you get $30 worth of Southern fare and drinks at The Big Easy Bar and Grille in Hollywood.
The Big Easy emulates New Orleans as it serves Cajun, Southern, and classic American dishes alongside live jazz and blues performances. The menu is an anthology of Cajun food's greatest hits, such as traditional andouille and shrimp gumbo served over rice ($4.95/cup, $9.95/bowl). Fried chicken emerges from the kitchen with a crispy breading and charming drawl thanks to a recipe from Paula Deen, patron saint of Southern delicacies ($9.95). Other piquant lip-smackers include baby back ribs smothered in house barbecue sauce ($18.95 for a full rack). Café du Monde–style beignets primp with powdered sugar ($2.95), hoping to be chosen for a dip in café au lait ($3.50) or espresso ($2.25).
Patrons at The Big Easy are welcome to dine on its outdoor patio or linger in its revitalized interior, which reveals bright exposed brick and is accented with cheerful plants, track lighting, and life-size paintings of New Orleans musicians and revelers. Musicians from throughout southern Florida jam onstage each Wednesday–Saturday evening, singing ballads to the seahorse that inspired the first saxophone.
The Big Easy Bar and Grille
The Big Easy Bar and Grille has been showered with praise from local newspapers for its atmosphere, entertainment, and American fare infused with Cajun spices. New Orleans melodies add their spice to meals during live jazz and blues sets staged Wednesday–Sunday against a neon-lit backdrop of exposed brick. On Sunday afternoons, bands serenade brunchers, who may take their midday repast onto the outdoor patio. When the tunes die down inside, flat-screen TVs pick up the slack, and sports announcers pepper the latest games with their spice-themed metaphors.
1925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, Florida 33020