After a week of powdered miso soup and saltines, followed by beer and hangover, we ventured out to Cafe Atchafalaya for a nice meal that would be a bit of a treat without too much fuss. It was enjoyable and quietly excellent. Cafe Atchafalaya flies under the radar a lot, I think. Easy to do in a town like New Orleans, with new places popping up, lots of personalities and fads and trends. Cafe Atchafalaya just turns out solid dishes in a very pleasant, even romantic and historic atmosphere.
Great cocktails: I had a Isabelle (gin, campari, grapefruit juice, bitters, and some other stuff) and a Vieux Carre. Decent bottled beer list, Tom had a Sierra Nevada and we saw some Racer 5s being served at the next table. Wines by the glass looked interesting too. I ordered a glass of Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France. The whites looked very cool- a bunch of stuff from Italy and other places.
I started with the free form crab ravioli - pasta sheet with sweet crab meat, spinach, and shiitake mushrooms. Really amazing. Then I had one of their specials of the evening- a panko crusted Colorado rack of lamb with whipped potatoes and carrots. OMG SO GOOD. Perfectly cooked and the crust was awesome. Very satisfying.
Tom had the salad on special- arugula with some sort of thyme vinegarette with pecan crusted goat cheese wheel and claw and knuckle lobster meat. Then the Pasta Atchafalaya. He was also very pleased and satisfied with his meal.
I love it when you get a great meal just when you need one!
Happy New Year y'all.