This Mardi Gras marks the 10th anniversary of the South Street Mardi Gras riots. Here are some worthwhile events that shouldn’t devolve into mayhem.
Catahoula – The Front Street Louisiana spot will be offering special dishes like crawfish croquettes, house-made boudin with pork confit, and Sweet D’s Louisiana chocolate mud cake topped with bourbon icing.There will also be an Abita tap takeover and Hurricane carafe specials.
Chris’ Jazz Cafe – $25 gets you all-you-can-eat crawfish throughout the day and night. There will also be $5 gumbo, Sazeracs and Hurricanes plus $3 beers from Louisiana brewer, Abita. At 6:45 p.m., the Nawlins’-inspired Hoppin’ John Orchestra will march down Broad Street, Bourbon Street style, proceeding down Sansom and onto Chris’ stage for a swinging 7 p.m. concert. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
It isn’t perfect but Catahoula takes Craig LaBan back to his Times Picayune days.
[W]hen I put a spoon into Martin’s return-to-roots bowl of chicken-and-andouille gumbo at Catahoula, it flipped lights on my taste buds that hadn’t been lit since my own Louisiana days. The broth is darker than most northern cooks would ever dream of serving, a deep mahogany-red hue that comes from slow-roasting roux to the color of chocolate. And the darkness channels a roasty, nutty depth, allowing the earthy savor of smoked meat, tender chicken, and a prickly cayenne heat to rise through the murk like a bloom on the Bayou Teche.
A bowl of this gumbo alone is worth the visit to Catahoula, the new Queen Village gastropub named for Louisiana’s state dog.
Brian Freedman finds excellent Louisiana cuisine without the schlocky beads and fleur de lis at Queen Village’s Catahoula.
Louisianaâ€™s is among the most poorly parroted cuisines. But at Catahoula, with its focus on â€œgood, honest food,â€ as Martin notes, itâ€™s being rendered as solidly and appealingly as it has in a long time in Philly. Good eating needs no gimmickryâ€”much less a brass bandâ€”to proclaim its worth.
Adam Erace visits Catahoula, the Louisiana themed restaurant on Front Street in Queen Village. He finds several gems on the menu.
I could go to Catahoula, eat gumbo and nothing else, and leave very happy. But there are other temptations. Like oysters and po’ boys, advertised on faux-vintage banners affixed to the handsome brick front of the restaurant, which is named for Louisiana’s state dog, the Catahoula hound
Philly Phoodie sings the praises of Catahoula’s happy hour. Cajun delights in abundance. [Philly Phoodie]
Philly Phoodie also ventures into the land of no left turns and the aptly named Jug Handle in search of good wings. [Philly Phoodie]
Midtown Lunch celebrates mousaka for lunch at hidden away Sandy’s. [Midtown Lunch]
Recently opened Philadelphia Chutney Company shows plenty of promise for Living on the Vedge. [Living on the Vedge]
It’s a double patty vegetarian burger at Kite and Key that has Veggicurious talking. [Veggicurious]
Yelp on Restaurant Week
Revere or revile it, all can agreeÂ Center City District Restaurant Week‘s biannual onslaught of $35 multi-course meals has become ubiquitous, inspiring concurrent copycat menus all over the city. We took the pulse of this September’s promotion by searching for the top “restaurant week” reviews onÂ Yelp Philadelphia.
Patrick C filed a four-star report onÂ Zahav, calling the small-plate sweetbreads, fried cauliflower and ground lamb “amazing.” Elite writerÂ Mikey I concurs with five stars and shout-outs to “house-smoked sable” and “the Farsi steak dish.” [Yelp Philly]
A “very reasonably priced” bottle of Cabernet added a nice “surprise” toÂ Rob F‘s dinner atÂ Butcher & Singer. Elite yelperÂ Beth K found the same “suggested wine pairing” for “$27/bottle” a treat with her “thick and juicy” filet, also a favorite ofÂ Ian M: “I have not had a steak that perfect in aÂ restaurantÂ in a long time.” [Yelp Philly]
Though a “spicy margarita” didn’t quite live up to its name forÂ Sophie S, the “huge Amada fan” loved the “baller” first courses atÂ Chifa: “ceviche, unique chicken wings, and stand-out pork belly buns were the highlight of the meal.”Â Â Scott D wisely used his server as a “great resource” to “pick the best things,” including the “spicy shrimp noodle bowl” popping with bacon and “creamy… complex flavors.” [Yelp Philly]
Le Castagne‘s “incredibly light and fluffy” gnocchi with white truffle cream sauce earns gushing praise in the restaurant’s single recent RW review byÂ Andrew G, as well asÂ vitello alla milanese in a “shockingly generous” portion.Â [Yelp Philly]
Drawing for Food follows up Adam Erace’s review and checks out Sky Cafe. [Drawing for Food]
Yelp on Catahoula
Local bloggers haven’t weighed in yet on this Cajun spot on Front Street but Yelp has.
A $5 Boilermaker of Jim Beam and the just-launched-in-PA Narragansett beer immediately won over Elite yelperÂ Jon D. He does soak up some of that alcohol assault with “the hands-down best po-boys around, killer hush puppies and a menu I can’t wait to continue eating my way through.” [Yelp Philly]
“Sometimes a girl likes to be told what she likes,” confesses EliteÂ Tina N. An “on-point” server who was quick to recommend duck jambalaya, crawfish bisque and banana fosters bread pudding had her “ready to call him daddy.” Ye-ow. [Yelp Philly]
“Butter is what binds this place together,” writesÂ Emily M, who scored the first Yelp review of Catahoula on August 4. Barbecued shrimp, griddled cornbread and peach cobbler all drip with that sunny substance; hushpuppies studded with fresh corn get a dip in truffled tartar sauce for an equally heart-stopping riff on the Southern snack. [Yelp Philly]