We went here with friends one evening before the theatre. Best New Orleans food we have found in the Raleigh. My only complaint is the table and chairs near the door were not real comfortable especially for people our age. Good service though and want to return to when we have time to try the desserts.
Nice variety on menu. I have tried most of the offerings and have yet to be disappointed. Most everything has been very tasty. My wife and I like to sit at the sidewalk tables outside. I am a stickler for good service and the wait staff at the gulf rim has been genuine, friendly, and not overbearing. My favorite restaurant in Hillsborough, and most of the ones downtown are very good.
Quickly became big fans of the new Battistella's - inviting space, knowledgeable, friendly service and scrumptious cocktails, food, wine and dessert! A little slice of New Orleans in downtown (facing Moore Square on the corner of Martin and Blount).
Our table of four, including two New Orleans' natives, savored the perfectly fried Gulf oysters, delicate onion rings and horseradish sauce for appetizer. Entrees of shrimp and grits, blackened catfish with crawfish étouffée, and fried shrimp were interesting, flavorful and enjoyed by all.
The finale? An order of espresso crème brûlée and an order of bread pudding with a white chocolate sauce. Seriously y'all, bon appétit.
Can hardly wait to go back for brunch and to sit at the bar to watch the Saints on Sunday.
Louise's, formerly in Clayton, is set to open up at the Crabtree Inn in Raleigh with dining in the large and comfy bar. Louise's new name is Battistella's NEW ORLEANS KITCHEN. battistellaskitchen.com; 571-7465; Call or visit website to learn the opening date!
First off, I lived for 30+ years on the Gulf Coast, so I am more than qualified to determine if this is authentic Cajun food.
Let's start with the comment about Louise's. Yes, it was (has gone out of business due to being a takeout place only) much better than Cajun Charlies's. It still needed to be spiced up to be considered authentic. About an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10.
Cajun Charlies's, a 5, and I am being generous. I am still not sure what was in the item they called crawfish bisque, but it does not resemble anything close to bisque. Gator was tough because it was not marinated and cooked properly. Etoufee was no where close to anything I have ever come across. Soft shell crab was okay. Fried crawfish tales were average. Boiled crawfish were overcooked. Everything was way under spiced (not sure what the person who commented on everything being salty was on). There was little to no cajun spice in anything.
Sorry Charles, but 2 entries and 2 ice teas with tip was $58, so the $60 was not out of line. Maybe that is why you are working for minimum wage and tips (keeping working on those math skills).
Would be nice to see Louise's open as a sit down restaurant somewhere and spice things up like normal Cajun food. Will have to try the places downtown, but was not impressed by their menus, but they deserve a shot.
Ha, this guy above is a complete joke, There are no two meals on the entire menu that add up to $60, your opinion isnt really affecting the business, because i am employed there, and the business is tremendously picking up, and its funny you didnt see any po-boys on the menu considering thats what we sell the most of. Humm?
Apparently boss-man, you haven't even visited the resturant. ohh you make me laugh, poor fellow. Maybe you can find another resturant that tickles your fancy. Next time boss, let's be a little bit more more mature about what comments we leave. Maybe sometime you should actually visit before you knock it. thanks for making my day haha
Not what we hoped to find: very expensive for what you got. FOOD WAS VERY AVERAGE. Dinner for 2 no drinks w/ tip = 60.00
She Crab soup: VERY salty - took 2 glasses of water to get it down - almost 7.00
No French bread: one standard croissant per dish
Jambalaya: again very salty but even more so was pepper hot not cajun spicy-- 15.00
Combo Plate = Rice/Beans Jambalya Shrimp etoufee 21.00
Rice/Beans : very average not Cajun at all
Jambalya - my wife also thought it was salty
Etoufee: best item we had all night - still 1 point above average - made with baby shrimp
The rice was undercooked - very hard pieces throughout each dish
Baby shrimp - not fresh average sized shrimp
Very little andouille sausage in the meal
Chicken is main part of Jambalaya. Baby shrimp used in 2 dishes instead of normal shrimp
No PO BOYS on menu
We had hoped for better. Baby Moon next door is light years better. Downtown Cajun restaurants are better. We had really hoped to find a neighborhood Cajun eatery.
Restaurant decoration is very nice.
i live in the area, and was waiting for ''cajun charlie's'' to open for sometime, me and my wife were excited to try. we noticed it was open and we went there last monday night. The first thing i realized is how unique the resturant was, i havnt quite seen anything like it it was really neat. im a huge fan of hendrix so the murals were awesome. The tables were all designed really neatly by hand. i had the crawfish dip appetizer it was salty but very good. my wife got the cajun salad with the blue cheese dressing which was made by hand i beleive, it was really really good, it had blackened shrimp atop of the salad. i orderd a special which was 10 oz ribeye ''oscar style'' which is crabmeat spinach and burneaise sauce, not sure how to spell that, and it was spectacular, i beleive it was a resonable price of $18.95 and came with a side of potatoes. It was all very good and will be back for more thanks!!
Me and my buisness partner who were working late for nortell, stopped in for a bite and noticed the cajun cuisine. We dined there and had a couple of glasses of wine, i myself orderd the she crab soup which was deliscious, the sherry was great on top. my freind rick orderd the frog legs to be bold. surprisingly to me they were awesome as well, never would of thought it. for my meal i beleive it was called honey chicken?, or honey pecan chicken. anyways it was so good. definately one of the best dishes ive ever had out. rick orderd shrimp and grits, which had a cream type of sauce on it it was splended as well. definately will be back when i travel back to raleigh!
I beg to differ, I grew up in New Orleans as well. Dined regularly at the, "Finest", restaurants in the area, and as a true, "Coonass", I wouldn't go to Louise's if my life depended on it, AND IT JUST MIGHT! If you want Cajun food cooked by a bunch of rednecks in overalls you'll love it, I think they should of stuck to the moonshine.
My advice to you, Truly, is to try it for yourself, My wife and another couple, visiting from back home in Baton Rouge, joined us this past Thursday and everything was outstanding, the food, service, even the unique atmosphere. For starters we ordered a bowl of both the Charleston She Crab Soup and the Crawfish Bisque, all agreed, it was difficult to pick a favorite. The She Crab had a very rich and creamy base, and didn't skimp on the lump crab meat, the topping off with the sherry really set it off. My Wife seemed to prefer the bisque, while a bit spicier still wasn't overbearing to her senses, as has been the case at restaurants in the past.
Also, I must disagree with the previous reviewers statement that the appetizer sampler was quote, "not good", while that's a very enlightening and in depth observation I found it simply not to be true. The appetizer sampler, not to be confused with the Cajun sampler, as I believe the individual above must have been, is a delicious assortment of gator, frog legs, shrimp, and crawfish. This all comes served with your choice of sauces, all made in house, we had the remoulade and cocktail, which were both excellent, especially the remoulade, i do recommend you try it when you visit.
For our entrees my Wife and I shared the Cajun sampler, (Jambalaya, red beans and rice, and your choice of either gator, crawfish, or shrimp etoufee) and Seafood Platter (your choice of three, either gator, crawfish tail, soft shell crab, scallops, shrimp, oysters or crawfish. prepared anyway you'd like them, grilled, fried, or blackened. All this is served with a potato dish and slaw. We thoroughly enjoyed all our food, and while it was probably more than we should of eaten, we couldn't help gorging ourselves.
Our friends ordered the Cajun steam pot , which, truth be said was probably enough for the whole table to share. It's a huge bucket full of crawfish, shrimp, oysters, steamed corn, potatoes, and the andoullie sausage, which was one of everyones favorites. this was also served with the Cajun Cole slaw which was also a big hit at the table.
I'll wrap this up by saying, if you're smart you'll save room for dessert, we split the both very generous portions of beignets and banana's foster, again, as with it seemed everything we enjoyed throughout the night, these were also made fresh to order in house and were delightfully, sinfully, delectably, delicious.
In short, which this has not been, we will be back. Furthermore I have and will continue to recommend this restaurant to all of my friends, whether in the area, or coming from Raleigh or further, it's worth the drive.
Lastly, I'd like to thank Annette who was kind enough to email me a menu for reference. I think that anyone who gives this restaurant a chance will be glad they did.
OK, must issue disclaimer that I grew up in N'Awlins. The food at Cajun Charlie's is bad. Five of us went for dinner and every dish plus the Cajun Sampler appetizer was not good. Go to Louise's in Clayton for REAL Cajun/Creole food!
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