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Roux 61 Baton Rouge Review

[ 0 ] September 6, 2016

Roux 61 Restaurant Review

 

Roux 61

Roux 61

Roux 61 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is a somewhat new restaurant in the city that is located in the former Boutin’s Cajun restaurant location on Bluebonnet Blvd.

Although new to Baton Rouge, Roux 61 got its start in historic Natchez, Mississippi. The Roux 61 in Baton Rouge made a few changes to the inside and out of the building, but still provides a rustic and South Louisiana vibe.

Probably our biggest melancholy moment was entering for the first time after moving to this side of town and realizing that the once iconic Cajun dance floor had been removed and turned into a full size bar and char-grilled oyster mega space.

Several distinct dining areas are created to provide a break-up of the large space.  All spaces provide a rustic feel with a variety of stuffed wild kills and other whimsical pieces like a rabbit with horns, some call a Jack-a-lope, a huge wild turkey, and giant bass.

Other decorative elements are architectural pieces, an old bicycle, pieces of old cars, and loads of big screen TVs in every room.

Lest I forget to tell you, the deck at the back of the restaurant is still there.  Children love to go out there and see the mass collection of turtles waiting for lively children to throw cat food pellets to them from the vending dispenser.

There are also many large ducks that call the pond behind the restaurant home.  Just today, when we left the restaurant, there were about eight big fat ducks waiting for us to provide handouts.  They came right up to us and not scared at all.  I had to say, “Sorry fellas, no take-out today.”

Mike and I have been to Roux 61 many times now and I have tried to order different items from the menu to get a good feel of the variety of dishes or combinations.

We typically visit on Saturdays for lunch because it is easier to get in for lunch.  Dinner service is packed with cars even parking in adjacent businesses parking lots.  So if you go at nighttime, be prepared to have a wait.

But I will tell you, Roux 61 is one of those places that is definitely worth the wait.

Here are a few of our favorites:

The Peacemaker Po-boy

Funny name, but a delicious mix of large fried oysters and large butterfly shrimp.  Oysters on one side and shrimp on the other.  Poboys come in half loaf or full loaf which means 6-inch or 12-inch.  Unless you have two stomachs, the 6” is an ample lunch portion.

The poboys come dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles and your choice of mayo, cocktail sauce or tartar sauce.  Mike loves the poboys here.

The seafood is very nice size, golden brown, and the poboy bread is that perfect blend of soft to bite; yet still has the crusty top of the best French bread.

The poboys also come with a mound and I mean a mound of fries that are very good.  So many restaurants use terrible frozen fries.  These fries hearty and fried to perfection.

Coconut Shrimp

Roux 61 Coconut Shrimp

Roux 61 Coconut Shrimp

OMG, the Coconut Shrimp are by far my number one favorite.  I have had plenty Coconut Shrimp across the US and Roux 61 is the undisputed best.

The Roux 61 Coconut Shrimp are actually made fresh and not the frozen version that so many other restaurants use.  Hand dipped in a sweet and spicy fresh coconut batter, large butterfly shrimp are fried golden and served on a mound of fries and a spicy Caribbean tartar sauce (which is not my fav, but probably good if you like it like that).

The Coconut Shrimp also comes with the best coleslaw I have ever had.  Sweet and crunchy with white and purple cabbage, carrots, chopped green peppers, and a sweet black pepper dressing.  Love it and always take some home for a quick after nap snack.

Char-grilled Oysters

Five words: fresh, big, hot, buttery, and garlic.  I never liked oysters at all until about a year ago when I tried chargrilled oysters.  I am not sure what it is about them, but I find chargrilled oysters great.

House Salad

Roux 61 House Salad

Roux 61 House Salad

Fresh salad greens, grape tomatoes, red onion, mandarin orange slices, dried cranberries, and candied pecans with house dressing is very refreshing.

I do wish they would but in a bigger bowl or plate.  I like to toss my salad around.

 Coleslaw

Roux 61 Coleslaw

Roux 61 Coleslaw

As mentioned above, I love this coleslaw and there is actually some in my fridge right now.  I could eat it for dessert tonight, but I will wait to bring for my work lunch.

Hush-puppies

Hush-puppies are served with most entrees or as a stand-alone side dish or appetizer.  These balls of cornmeal, onions, and sugar are the tops; especially with a dab of soft butter.

Catfish Lebeaux

I can’t say this enough…I LOVE catfish.  And Roux 61 does catfish right.  Catfish cut into long meaty strips, coated in a coarse corn meal, and golden fried.  The Catfish Lebeaux is served over white rice with delicious topping of Crawfish Etouffee.

Crawfish Etouffee

Speaking of Crawfish Etouffee, my step-daughter ordered this entree for lunch one day.  Let me just say it was terrific…well not better than mine, but it was very good.

Best and most astonishing part is it came served in a trough.  Literally it was a deep pasta serving bowl.  Needless to say we brought that home.

Blackened Catfish

Roux 61 Blackened Catfish Platter

Roux 61 Blackened Catfish Platter

My mom Patsy ordered the Blackened Catfish dinner one Saturday.  This plate consisted of two beautiful pieces of catfish fillets with spices (but not too hot) and blackened grilled; served with the House Salad and dinner roll.

Butterfly Shrimp

Roux 61 Shrimp and Oysters Platter

Roux 61 Shrimp and Oysters Platter

Mike loves fried oysters and fried shrimp.  The Butterfly Shrimp platter has a generous number of jumbo butterflied shrimp; meaning cut in the middle to open up the shrimp tail and allow more battering.

Again, all of the fried seafood platters come with a mound of fries, hushpuppies, and topped with a thick onion slice.

Fried Oyster Platter

As good as you could want…

Blackened Catfish Sandwich

Roux 61 Blackened Catfish Sandwich

Roux 61 Blackened Catfish Sandwich

Ample delicious blackened catfish filet like on the Catfish Lebeaux and served on a large sourdough bun with lettuce, tomato, and pickles.

I actually skipped the bun because it was too thick for this delicate piece of fish.  It would have been a huge mess and catfish falling out.  Also came with a huge mound of fries.

If you want something light, this is a good choice for portion and the price isn’t bad either at $11.

Seafood Nachos

Sounds good on the menu and has an impressive presentation of a mile high nachos with a creamy cheese sauce with crawfish tails and shrimp.  However, quite a mess to try and eat.

The heat of the cheese sauce makes the nacho chips soggy quickly.  I would recommend skipping this appetizer unless they can put the cheese sauce in a separate bowl for dipping like a Mexican queso dip.

Overall, we love, love, love Roux 61.  They don’t have a lunch menu, so it can seem pricey for the entrees at lunch, but so worth it and typically we have leftovers for dinner later.

We highly recommend Roux 61, it is one of our favorite places to eat in Baton Rouge.

CLICK HERE to view Roux 61’s complete menu

Roux 61 Restaurant & Grill
8322 Bluebonnet Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
225-300-8880
Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 10:00pm

Beryl

LuLu’s Gulf Shores Alabama Review

[ 0 ] June 28, 2016

Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s in Gulf Shores AL

Lulu's Gulf Shores ALBucket List item crossed off the list – go to LuLu’s in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Mike has wanted to check out the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama area for some time now, however for the past 10 years we always find ourselves in Panama City Beach, Florida because we love the Holiday Inn Resort there, plus all of great places to eat.

Orange Beach is a bit shorter drive from Baton Rouge, so when Jimmy Buffett announced he was doing a show there, we knew it was time to hit the road on over to Alabama…

See the Jimmy Buffett show, check out Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, plus go to Jimmy’s “Crazy Sista” Lucy Buffett’s world-renowned LuLu’s restaurant and entertainment complex.

While known for great food, LuLu’s is way more than just a restaurant, you’ve got to see it to understand what I’m talking about…

So, with my mom and two nephews loaded up in the Tahoe, we headed off to new adventures.

My mom and nephews had been to Orange Beach and Lulu’s restaurant before, but it was all new to Mike and me.

After settling into our condo at The Wharf Marina, we headed to LuLu’s for dinner.

Lulu's Gulf Shores ALThe place is huge and located on the Intracoastal Waterway on the Gulf Shores side.  The complex has plenty of parking for the huge crowds of people that flock to LuLu’s.

This particular night was Memorial Day evening.  We quickly found a parking spot up close as there was a parking attendant on a Segway guiding patrons to open spots.  Very cool and first class in my book.

There were already loads of people sitting around, looking around the merchandise shop, playing in the arcade, and kids playing on the climbing rope contraption (there’s one for little kids and one for bigger kids).

We were told there would be a two hour wait.  With that we settled that it must be worth the wait if all these other people were waiting as well. Fortunately, we were seated in about an hour, I’d say.

LuLu’s does keep the kids busy while you wait.  There are several things to do for the kids that do cost extra, but they sure have a lot of fun.

Lulu's Gulf Shores ALMy nephews ventured on the “Mountain of Youth” which is a climbing rope tower of paths, rope bridges, tight rope, and other obstacles.

The boys were strapped in a harness and away they went until we had to call them down for dinner.

Mike and Mom found ice cold margaritas at the several bars around the complex.

Being just the end of May, the restaurant was fully open air seating and with the sun going down it was very comfortable temperature.  I don’t do hot.

Our pleasant server came by immediately and took our drink orders.  Then it was time to order.  Oh my goodness, what shall we have.

The menu consists of traditional southern appetizers, gumbo, salads, seafood, and chicken dishes.

We ordered a variety at our table – fried oysters and shrimp, giant hamburger, a colossal pile of fried blue crab claws, and Greek salads.

Mom and I each ordered, the Greek Salad in the “Big Ole Salads” choices, which incidentally could feed a table of four, that consisted of cold Romaine lettuce, Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, cucumber, purple onions, tomatoes, and served with a perfect Greek dressing.

That big ole salad was cool and refreshing in the heat of the early evening sunset.

The boys all had meat or seafood.  Caleb had a gigantic half pound hamburger called Crazy Sista’s Version that is seasoned with LuLu’s own seasoning blend.  I don’t know how a 15 year old boy can eat so much food.

Lil Will had his favorite Fried Blue Crab Claws.  The Crab Claws are just the big claw meat of the crab or sometimes called the crab fingers.  This is delicious sweet meat.  Normally an appetizer, Will made it into a platter.

He did a pretty good job eating the mound of claws.  Of course, mom and I helped a little.

Lulu's Gulf Shores ALThen there is Mike.  Mike always gets the same thing where ever we go for seafood.  He is always in search of the best Fried Shrimp or Oyster Po-boy.

Under the Sandwiches section there are Fish, Shrimp, and Oyster Po-boys dressed with lettuce, tomato, purple onion, sweet pickles, and served with a bed of French fries.

Most restaurants serve Po-boys with mayonnaise, so if you don’t like mayo you best ask for no mayo.  Mike usually asks for a tub of cocktail sauce instead.

The bread was soft and easy to bite through to the perfectly fried oysters that were a good size for Po-boys.  Mike ate every last flaky crust and bits of oysters.

We had no room for dessert, but if I had I would have tried the Key Lime Pie declared to be “The Best on the Coast” and the Bread Pudding made with Krispy Kreme donuts.  Can you say Yum?  Maybe next time.

Needless to say, we went back again a couple days later in our trip to do it all over again.  We had Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Okra, Fried Shrimp Platter, Chicken Fingers, and the boys split a Crab Claw basket.

All in all, LuLu’s is a must do experience if you are visiting the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores area.  It is filled with entertainment, activities, and great food.  I even played Skee ball in the arcade.

LuLu’s now has a second location in Destin, Florida. We’ll definitely be checking it out soon.

If you’re wondering why we don’t have more pictures of the restaurant and our food, it is mainly because we didn’t know we were going to write this review at the time… The good news is, we’ll have to go back and take some pictures.

CLICK HERE to view Lulu’s complete menu

Beryl

P.S. By the way, the Jimmy Buffett show was fantastic!

Beryl

Beryl at the Jimmy Buffett show

Rival Crock-Pot 5025WG 2.5-Quart Slow Cooker

[ 1 ] November 19, 2010

Rival Crock-Pot 5025WG 2.5-Quart Slow Cooker

Rival Crock-Pot 5025WG 2.5-Quart Slow CookerIf you’ve never owned a slow cooker then you don’t know what you’re missing.   Talk about versatility!  This Rival Crock-Pot 5025WG 2.5-Quart Slow Cooker allows you to be at your kid’s soccer game and cook your nightly meal at the same time.  You’re basically doing two things at the same time.  Talk about productivity!   These days your time is very precious and a slow cooker comes to your rescue.

Need to be out all day working at your 9 to 5 job and won’t have time to make a nutritious meal for your family due to nightly commitments?

Load up the slow cooker in the morning before you leave for work and it will cook, at very low temperatures, and your meal will be ready for you when you get home.  You can make delicious and healthy meals such as soups, stews, chilies, small roasts, or even pulled pork.

Another convenient aspect of this product is that you can use it as an extra heating unit when you are in need of one during the holidays for entertaining.

The Rival Crock-Pot 5025WG 2.5-Quart Slow Cooker features a glass lid, stick resistant coating, and removable stoneware.   It has two settings and has a large 2 ½ quart capacity.

Need help with recipes for meals to be made with a slow cooker?

There are a myriad of slow cooker cookbooks that have been written to help people create delicious meals with their versatile kitchen accessory.

(See Cajun Cooking TVs crock pot roast)

Slow cookers have become extremely popular in recent years because of their convenience.

Consumers are saying what a time saver this unit is for the money.  Also, the cleanup is very easy.  One of the great advantages of a slow cooker is that there is a wondrous aroma filling the air as the meals are cooking, just adding to its appeal.  The investment is minimal and the value is phenomenal.

This slow cooker is great not only for a family but also for single people who want to have a great meal waiting for them on their return home from work.  This is also great for college students who are looking to create nutritious meals.

Enjoy!

beryl stokes

Le Creuset Classic Enameled Cast-Iron 6-Piece Cookware Set

[ 1 ] November 15, 2010

Le Creuset Classic Enameled Cast-Iron 6-Piece Cookware Set

Le Creuset Classic Enameled Cast-Iron 6-Piece Cookware SetThe Le Creuset Classic Enameled Cast-Iron 6-Piece Cookware Set is the finest brand name available when it comes to top flight cast iron cookware sets.

Established in 1925, Le Creuset is based in France but back in 1974 entered the USA market by establishing a subsidiary called Le Creuset of America, Inc., in South Carolina.

Over the years, the name LeCreuset has gained notoriety as being the “cream of the crop” when it comes to kitchen accessories.

The key to the lifetime strength of this cookware is the enameling on the cast iron.

Due to the strength of the Le Creuset enameled cast iron, the products can be used on virtually any stove top and they stand up to the highest stove temperatures.

This 6 piece Le Creuset cookware set includes the following:

5 1/2-quart round French oven with cover
10 1/4-inch square skillet grill
2 1/4-quart covered saucier with cover
8 X 11-inch roaster

The versatility of the Le Creuset brand is unparalleled in the kitchen accessory market.  The French oven will allow you to slow cook stews and chilies while not having to worry about burning your food.  These ovens hold the heat extremely well and the heat is also very evenly distributed which is an added advantage.

On cheaper versions the enamel could chip but not on the Le Creuset brand.  The durability of the enamel is the best around.  This cast iron cookware set is made to last a lifetime.  Even though the price point may be a little higher than other imitations, the value is definitely there.  You pay for quality and the Le Creuset brand stands for quality.

The Le Creuset cookware comes in the following colors: orange, red, green, white, blue, yellow, and black.  The consumers are saying that the quality of the Le Creuset brand is superb and the bright colors add to your kitchen décor. Also, the fact that there is a high quality enamel covering the cast iron, you will never be introduced to any kind of metal taste in your food.

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