Creole cuisine's distinct spices stem from its attitude-laden ingredients, such as brazen pork cheek, incredulous crawfish, and sassy-fras. Give your taste buds some lip with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Louisianan cuisine at The Creole House, located in Cornelius.
Inhabiting a 104-year-old converted house, this colorful and lively eatery lures guests with a variety of flavorful dishes prepared in the Creole tradition. Homemade cornbread with jalapeño peppers and cheese welcomes diners with a kick ($4.50), and lunchtime eats, such as the blackened prime-rib sandwich ($9.95) and seafood po’ boy ($8.25), keep bellies quiet until dinner. Evening patrons can wrap their ears around live blues music as their tongue buds unfold the flavorful layers of a shrimp-and-grits entree, a vibrant sauté of peppers, onions, tomatoes, and andouille sausages in a garlic-wine sauce, accompanied by creamy grits to give your insides the spa treatment ($16.95).