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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Cajun

Re: “Ri'Chard's Louisiana Cafe

Okay - I admit - I have a long-standing love affair with Jambalaya. When I go to New Orleans I usually study the menu carefully and then order it at every restaurant that offers it. And I usually end up thinking, "Nice, but not as good as Ri'Chard's."

My other favorite thing about the place is that it's only 15 minutes from my house in Hillsboro Village, but it's like going to a different world out there in the green countryside. And when you get there, they greet you like family. It's a great example of why locally-owned places have it all over the corporate chains.

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Posted by nashvillebabs on 08/07/2010 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Ri'Chard's Louisiana Cafe

The food is authentic, and very well prepared, and I agree the atmosphere is fun, but the music is the feature at Richard's. Being a pretty fair songwriter himself, Richard has attracted pretty high level talent, to play in this intimate atmosphere. You never know who will see there, from touring acts, to hit songwriters, and a very interesting selection of up and coming writers as well. We get in there as often as we can.

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Posted by spectator on 08/01/2010 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Cajun Steamer Bar & Grill

Great food and atmosphere. I highly recommend it. I would get a hurricane to start off with. Blue Crab and Fried Green Tomatoes and Crab Claws for an appetizer. Then for an entree the Tilapia and Shrimp Rockefeller and shrimp and grits which are to die for. Finish off with the Bread Pudding or Fried Cheesecake.

Posted by Tessa11 on 07/21/2010 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Cajun Steamer Bar & Grill

I love this place, it is in my lunch rotation once a week. Granted the service in every restaurant in the Cool Springs area suffers when you go during rush hour, I avoid that.
The food on this place has been great every time, it is not the best Cajun food I have had but it is good enough to keep me going back. Prices are good, their food taste fresh including their breads.
We recently had dinner there with another couple and they loved it as well. Great option to have in Nashville.

Posted by Jorgeasc on 07/05/2010 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Ri'Chard's Louisiana Cafe

Has to be one of the best kept secrets around. Great food at a fair price. Fun atmosphere with various singers on hand. And the owner is right there in the mix. Daughters took me for Father's Day and went back five days later. Loved it!

Posted by TGL31 on 06/25/2010 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Chappy's

I cannot understand how this place is still open. My first experience was not very good at all. The food was "warm" at best and felt like most things had already been prepared beforehand and plated as it was ordered. It was not crowded at all.. There were maybe 1-2 other tables occupied. A few months go by and I told myself I would give it one more shot. Worse than the first time. Food was cold, way too expensive for what you get and almost empty again! it just doesn't taste good to me. I will not go back here ever again.

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Posted by brandon on 05/12/2010 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Steamboat Bill's [Closed]

Look I grew up in La... I've eaten seafood my whole life... This is the real deal. fresh seafood, the owner brings it back from La himself. boiled crawfish, fresh shucked oysters on the 1/2 shell,ettofee,gumbo, jambalaya, fried shrimp, oysters.. even frog legs.They have people who seem to be having a good time and still give great service. They have a "off the beaten path" place. it's off main street,like a mile down. Some stuff I like more than others... but it is all off the hook.... THANK GOODNESS I FOUND STEAMBOAT BILLS & My seafood hook up! It is really good food. Everyone Ive taken there loves it just as much as I do.... Hint Hint
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

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Posted by Liz Hogan on 12/26/2009 at 11:56 PM

Re: “The Original Nooley's

good ole' down home NOLA cooking.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by buffy Hotard on 12/02/2009 at 10:53 AM

Re: “The Original Nooley's

good ole' down home NOLA cooking.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by buffy Hotard on 12/02/2009 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Chappy's

The ambiance of Chappy's was exactly what I would expect to find in a high end Cajun restaurant located outside of the French Quarter. It was well lit, had a very professional and courteous staff, and has décor of being a high-on-the-hog, off-Bourbon St restaurant. In fact the only thing I would change is a little Jazz or Zydeco playing in the background, and a bigger working area behind the bar and additional bartender for Saturday night(the poor gentleman was very overworked but doing a bang up job). Once seated (make reservations ahead of time), we were greeted by our waiter who gave a good attempt at explaining Cajun cuisine to me, not the best especially when talking to me but good enough for Music City clientèle . We were presented with a very well baked, leavened round bread which was served with four different butters(smoked alligator, strawberry, garlic, and plain) which were all uniquely good. And that is where my love affair with Chappy's ended... Since I have a strong passion about Cajun food I've chosen to evaluate each one individually from here on out. Appetizers: Turtle Soup au Sherry – The soup was very underwhelming and gave very little hint of Cajun seasoning, a common them I found. It was thinner than I expected almost to the point of being a turtle drink rather than turtle soup. The meat gave the very unique taste that it wasn't cleaned properly, most likely the suppliers fault. The bad taste of the turtle meat wasn't overpowering but it was there none the less and will ruin the best of turtle soups. The was no hint of boiled egg in mine, which is essential in turtle soup, and the sherry was just there. Fried green tomatoes – The tomatoes were lightly fried in flour and had a good taste. There was absolutely not even a hint of corn meal or corn flour used which is just faux pas with fried maters. The Hollandaise sauce was good but not worth writing home about. I'll get to the crawfish tail meat in a moment. Entrée: Crawfish Ettouffe - I was so disappointed in this dish that I need to break it down: The crawfish: These were of the Asian variety which tends to have a chalky texture to them. I was disappointed to find that a Chef hailing from New Orleans would not have a solid supplier for American crawfish. This might sound picky but Asian crawfish are not the same and won't bring first timers back to eat them, in fact I didn't finish mine. The rice: This was cooked well but again was not spicy, creole, or even the dirty recipe variety that one would expect in ettouffe or Cajun cuisine. Ettouffe: Meaning smothered. This may have been the only thing done right in this dish as there were plenty of the triad (onion, celery and bell peppers) and in proper proportions. Flavor and roux: These were by far the killers of my love affair with Chappy's. The flavor was completely lacking the “get in your mouth and dance a jig” that Cajun cuisine connoisseurs love. This is not to say that Cajun food should be overpoweringly spicy, it shouldn't but it should have a complex marriage of flavors that make your taste buds whoop and holler. The roux was a light roux and not the dark red variety that should be in an ettouffe, and it was undercooked. Roux: Roux is probably the single hardest and most essential part of Cajun dishes to master. There are two essential rules (more actually, but I'll keep it simple) to making roux. (1) If it smells scorched, throw it out and start over, and (2) The flour must be completely cooked and then removed from heat to stop the cooking process prior to moving forward with it in a dish. It was the second rule that Chappy's failed at. With roux, if the flour is not cooked fully and the cooking process stopped, it can give the dish a chalky texture and even worse leave the consumer very bloated as the flour continues to cook in one's gullet. Both were true here and it made my stroll over to Printer's Alley rather uncomfortable. Overall the dining experience was very good and Chappy's demeanor was that of the quintessential NOLA Chef, very jolly and laid back. But the meal was extraordinarily disappointing to this lover of all food Cajun. The blandness indicated to me that Chappy had left his roots in Louisianna and had given in the the bland pallets of the diners which seem to abound in Music City. Chappy's has great potential but I would like to see more authentic New Orleans flavors up a notch, or three, and hold roux making training for all the staff there. If you want to spend 5-star prices and enjoy Cajun cuisine, then I suggest skipping Chappy's and making the drive to Birmingham and dine at Crazy Cajun's Boiling Pot and you will come away more satisfied.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 2
Overall: 3

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Posted by Joe Bolin on 11/15/2009 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Chappy's

Chappy's is delicious! Last week, I ordered the mahimahi and it was unbelieably good. Chappy himself walks around every night to all the tables to check on you and see if everything is okay. Very friendly and warm environment, a little expensive but definately worth the money. Also, a live jazz band that is really good plays in the open.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

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Posted by Crystal on 11/07/2009 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Chappy's

Chappy's is delicious! Last week, I ordered the mahimahi and it was unbelieably good. Chappy himself walks around every night to all the tables to check on you and see if everything is okay. Very friendly and warm environment, a little expensive but definately worth the money. there was also a live jazz band every night i've been there.
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

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Posted by Crystal on 11/07/2009 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Cajun Steamer Bar & Grill

I am 100% Cajun from Lafayette La, and just moved here. My 1st trip to this restaurant was just OK, food not great. Tables were close and we were getting bumped frequently. Why, I'll never know, but I took my wife and 20 yr old daughter there. Horrible experience. Will never go back. Rude waitress. Freezing. Would not reseat us to a table not directly under a vent. Never got to the food, but stand by my 1st trip there. Average.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by David Breaux on 08/28/2009 at 10:29 AM

Re: “French Quarter Cafe [Closed]

The food was not authentic and it did not taste good at all. I had what they claim to be a Po'boy with shrimp and it was disgusting. The shrimp were bland.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 2
Overall: 2

Posted by T on 07/17/2009 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Cajun Steamer Bar & Grill

Bad food...the stuffed shrimp is not what you would expect. The service was poor and the place seemed dirty.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by freeman on 06/22/2009 at 9:07 PM

Re: “French Quarter Cafe [Closed]

If you are looking for good cajun food and good entertainment go somewhere else. The food was of poor quality and the live music was worse. I would not suggest this cafe to anyone. Very disappointed.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by Andy on 06/07/2009 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Cajun Steamer Bar & Grill

I visited this restaurant with a party of six and was told it would be 25 minutes until we were seated. Over an hour later, we were still waiting. A party of 30 monopolized five tables for several hours since they all straggled in over a 90 minute span. These tables were reserved although we were told the restaurant didn't take reservation. The guest of honor for this party of 30 seemed to know one of the restaurant staff, so I guess they got special privileges. We complained about the wait (other people were being seated the entire time we waited), and received a very snotty response from the manager. We were finally seated, but were given no menus or eating utensils. Unless you have unlimited time and patience, avoid this site.
Rating Detail:
Food: 4
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 3
Overall: 1

Posted by Bunky on 05/10/2009 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Chappy's

What a disappointment! The blackened shrimp appetizer was like eating a spoonful of salt. The fried oyster platter I could've gotten anywhere. The twice baked potatoes were oily, of all things. All-in-all, the meal was far too expensive for what we expected. The atmosphere was nice enough.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 1
Overall: 1

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Posted by joe saunders on 03/13/2009 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Ri'Chard's Louisiana Cafe

The real deal if you like coastal cooking at its best with Jambalya, Red Beans and Rice and a real good price. Tons of specials like Big Gulf Shrimp and some quality songwriters and bands. Come to have fun and bring the kids!
Rating Detail:
Food: 5
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

Posted by Elvis on 01/21/2009 at 12:37 PM

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