Located in a strip mall in Decatur, it would be easy to dismiss Louisiana Bistreaux as just another run of the mill Cajun wannabe restaurant, a la Pappadeaux. But, oh you’d be so wrong. They’ve got creative, to die for seafood dishes. And they’ve added a newer, modern location in Buckhead, at the Hampton Inn.
We ordered 1/2 a dozen raw Gulf oysters to start and man, were they ever tasty. So good, in fact we gobbled them up before realizing we didn’t snap a picture on our first visit. We rectified that on your second visit to the Buckhead location of this cajun spot. We did, however, get a picture of the crab cake from Louisiana Bistreaux. Had we not had the oysters to start, I’m quite certain I’d have devoured the lump crab cake, with hardly and filler, myself. The light mustard cream sauce atop it was just the slight tanginess it needed.
Louisiana Bistreaux has lots of craft beers on draft or by can available. Monday Night, Scofflaw, and Jailhouse just to name a few. I had a Jailhouse Mugshot IPA which was delicious. If it hadn’t been for the filling portions, I’d have gotten another. Plus, every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday at Louisiana Bistreaux. They’ve got live jazz from 6 – 9 pm on Tuesdays, plus $5 drink specials.
Jambalaya, gumbo and étouffée are obviously all on Louisiana Bistreaux’s menu. I’m sure they are wonderful, but can I tell you a secret? I’ve never been much of a fan of any of those, crawfish especially. So, I honed in on the Redfish Ponchartrain. With shrimp and lump crabmeat, served with corn maque choux and dirty rice, it sounded delicious and our server told us it was her favorite thing on the menu.
Now, had I just had this entree, I’d have left smitten with Louisiana Bistreaux. The excellent Cajun dishes here were lovely. But my husband, Glen, ordered the house special – Crawtator Grouper. I sincerely thought that my entree would be superior, less gimmicky sounding and all. But no, he beat me…again. On our second visit to the Buckhead location, I didn’t miss out again. I got the Crawtator Grouper and devoured it!
The Crawtator Grouper, pictured at the top (and below left), is crusted with Zapp’s crawtator chips in a cajun crawfish cream sauce, with sautéed spinach and jalapeno gouda grits. The presentation, piled high atop the grits spilling over with crawfish is pretty. But the taste? When you get the mixture of grouper, cajun sauce and those spinach and grits – wowza is all I can say. This will be on my list of best things I ate in 2019 for sure!
Portions are huuuge at Louisiana Bistreaux and you’ll likely not be able to finish your entree. But don’t let that stop you from ordering a dessert to go. We had them box up the white chocolate cheesecake for us and enjoyed it a couple hours later while watching a movie in bed.