Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of gourmet French-Creole and Cajun fare and drinks from The Old Bay Restaurant in New Brunswick.
The Old Bay Restaurant takes diners on a savory sojourn to New Orleans with a menu of Cajun cuisine served in a Mardi Gras-inspired atmosphere. Commence the evening by munching on gator balls—a blend of alligator tail meat, pork, and seasonings rolled into mini meatballs, and simmered in a fiery sauce piquant ($9)—or the boneless chicken, tasso ham, andouille sausage jambalaya ($14). To unmeat any meal, the chefs also combine roasted eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, red bell peppers, and pesto sauce in order to fortify the flavors of the vegetable Napoleon evangelia ($15).
For spirited satiation, diners can couple a toothsome meal with a specialty drink ($4.25–$12) or one of more than 20 wines stocked behind the recently renovated bar. The barkeeps also pour out 22 varieties of microbrewed ambrosial ales, including the Tröegs Mad Elf ale—a ruby-red concoction of cherries, honey, chocolate malts, and a pleasant absence of misfit jack-in-the-boxes ($5.50).
The restaurant crafts it's Creole fare in the former National Bank of New Jersey, which was constructed in 1857 and later renovated with wrought iron railings, gold-framed windows, bright purple and teal walls, and a ceiling that twinkles effervescently thanks to a gravity-defying collection of French coinage.
- I have gone there several times, early evenings before the crowds show up. I really lke their Cajun menu; something completely different. – Jim B., Yelp, 7/17/08
- We go to this place regularly and the food is teriffic. The menu has changed recently and the prices are more reasonable. – iluvtrvl, TripAdvisor