I just don’t get it. Place gets a lot of love from city employees but I think that’s only an accident of geography and novelty. I’ve now been three times and each experience has been similar - everything is flawed, pretty expensive and utterly forgettable. I’ve never been to New Orleans so my opinions have no basis in regards to authenticity.
First trip out had the mufalletta. The jardiniere was nothing to write home about. Also the much-touted-flown-in-from-the-crescent-city bread was too heavy. Might have been 50% better if they let it sit for an hour or two, but freshly made it was a gummy mess of middling deli meats and dense bread. If the jardiniere gave it a pop it might have made a difference but no dice. And expensive.
Trip two I got the crawfish mac n cheese or etoufee or whatever. It was a good value for price and they didn’t skimp on crawfish but the flavors were so one-note I was bored after three bites.
Didn’t feel like I could properly evaluate the place until I had the shrimp and oyster po boy. At around $18 it should really knock my socks off. Well the bread again was too dense and generally unpleasant. The spice mix tasted like some cheap knockoff of old bay - like some Prudhomme mix out of a can. Or maybe it was just supposed to taste that way cause that’s how the do it Nawlins? The fry on the seafood was again soft and gummy (this may be a theme/goal here) and the sauce didn’t tie it together.
So what’s the deal? Did I order the wrong thing? What am I missing?