by Paige Johannessen
I must say, until recently I had not heard much about Tallulah Crafted Food and Wine Bar, or even knew where it was located. To be honest, I had never stepped inside of the Renaissance Baton Rouge until visiting Tallulah last month. It turns out, it’s beautiful in there! I typically refer friends and family who are coming to visit to stay downtown, but on the corner of Bluebonnet and Anselmo is a hotel with a stunning interior and a surprisingly good wine bar and restaurant.
I went to meet a friend for a glass of wine (ok, ok, maybe two glasses) before sitting down for the dinner tasting and was pleasantly surprised to find out it was half off glasses of wine on Wednesdays AND there was live music. We were off to a good start.
After gabbing and catching up about life and love and our growing waist lines we sat down for dinner.
|From left to right: Tuna Poke Lettuce Cups with a citrus soy marinade, Creole Oysters served over duck bacon and topped with rockefeller butter, Crab Cake served over corn maque choux and a remoulade drizzle|
First up was a collection of appetizers. Tuna poke delicately presented in lettuce cups, fried oysters over duck bacon and crab cakes served on a heaping pile of corn maque choux. It’s hard to pick a favorite from these but the fried oyster over duck bacon stood out the most. I could have popped one after another of those suckers and not felt the least bit guilty.
|Duck Bacon BLT: house made duck bacon, arugula, tomato, pickled red onion, remoulade|
Up next was a trio of entrees. Cold smoked fried chicken served alongside a four cheese cast iron mac and cheese, a steaming bowl of bouillabaisse, and a vegetarian eggplant dish with shiitake mushrooms stacked high over quinoa.
|Bouillabaisse: head on shrimp, redfish, mussels, andouille, creole broth, wild rice|
Last, but certainly not least a single, hearty slice of cheesecake topped with chunks of praline, a honey drizzle and sprinkled with blueberries finished off the night. Just when I thought I could not take one more bite…but who can resist cheesecake?
I left that evening with a parting bag of duck cracklins in hand and incredibly impressed by this tucked away gem on Bluebonnet that I had never visited. Believe me, if there is a restaurant in town serving half off glasses of wine and rich bowls of bouillabaisse, you will see me there again.
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