At the beginning of August I googled Saskatoon looking for some different restaurants to take Hubby for his birthday. I found an excellent blog called Wonderlust and Words. I found the name of two places to visit. The Mardi Gras Grill and The Hollows. Well that weekend of my Hubby's birthday was a long weekend and our timing was poor and it turned out that neither establishment was open.
We've driven by Mardi Gras Grill several times since then. We've been checking to see if the parking lot is full. But we somehow never found the time to stop.
Hubby took the day off work today. He went out and about and attended to yard work while I did some chores inside. Then around 3:30 pm I went outside and posed the question: What do you want for supper OR would you like to go out for supper? Out it was and off to Mardi Gras Grill we went.
It's located downtown on a busy street but the paid parking is ample. It is housed in a building that was formerly a sports bar. The outside has been painted and I'm sure the inside was renovated as well. There are three photo paintings adorning the walls. I over heard the waitress telling another patron that her aunt took the photo's in New Orleans but didn't like how they turned out so she painted pictures over them. Genius! They are the prefect decor.
There are both booths and tables with chairs as well as an outside patio. There weren't many people there even though it was soon the supper rush. We were brought a complimentary plate of corn bread. I've had corn bread many times before and even made it myself but it never turned out like this! It appeared and tasted like it was baked, then squared, then toasted or grilled. It was tasty!
For an appetizer we ordered Fried Green Tomatoes. Ever since the movie, it's something I've wanted to try. "For Towanda!!!!!" They were served with 4 giant shrimp, 6 slices of tomato and salad greens with a sauce. Hubby ate the shrimp as they aren't my favourite. I did love the tomatoes. I would order that appetizer for a lunch as well. It was great.
Hubby's meal was called Taste of New Orleans and consisted of Gumbo, Jambalaya and Etouffee. He was given instructions on how to eat the craw fish. This meal was enough to feed two people! Hubby tried hard but couldn't quite finish everything. Not totally being a seafood fan, I ordered the Pulled Pork Po' Boy with fries. It was the most extraordinary sandwich I've ever had! I ate the sandwich but couldn't finish the fries which were undoubtedly home made since they didn't resemble anything out of my freezer.
We were stuffed. The waitress, who I found out is the wife of the chef asked if we wanted beignets. I asked if we could get them to go. She said yes. So they were given to us hot but we were advised to keep the package open or they'd shrivel up. The donut type dessert had powdered sugar and a dollop of blueberry preserve. It's our midnight snack tonight.
It was delicious cajun creole cuisine just as promised and just what Saskatoon has been missing.