your link for champ claris takes the reader to Russ Stephenson's site.
How about posting a link that goes out to the RSS feed for Champ now.
(BG: Corrected, Patrick. Thanks.)
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.
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