My Southern Comfort friends and I decided to participate in Alexandria’s restaurant week. Somehow, RT was the restaurant of choice. Let’s just say, the best feature of this restaurant is the free parking lot across the street.
Upon entering, I was surprised by the lack of splendor in the restaurant. I was shocked that this restaurant participated in Restaurant week. I had Chart House expectations, but was met with bare wooden tables and bad lighting.
RT’s website states that they have the “best Creole and Cajun food outside of Louisiana.” That. Is. An. Untruth. Just dismiss all of your Cajun expectations. The description of the items on RT’s special restaurant week menu looked really appetizing. I began with the the Crawfish & Shrimp Beignets. This was the best dish on the restaurant week menu, although, the dish was misnamed. This is a beignet.
Yet, this is what I was served.
The remoulade sauce was good, although it did not taste homemade. The “beignets” were hot out of the deep fryer. It was a decent appetizer. I would eat it again. That’s where my praise must end. I had such high hopes. But, just like a summer rain interrupts a summer BBQ, the rest of the menu disrupted my taste buds.
I ordered the Shellfish Etouffee, which is Gulf Shrimp, Lump Crab & Crawfish smothered cajun style served with garlic-parsley rice. Now, I like sauce. It was served with plenty of sauce/gravy, but the dish itself was bland. I don’t remember tasting crab nor shrimp. The rice was decent, but I had to add salt to my dish before I could eat it. Now, I wished for more creole seasoning, but there was none to be found.
My dinner companions ordered various dishes. The fried catfish was another problematic dish. The fish was fried properly, it just wasn’t seasoned. Now, if you are on a strict diet and must avoid spices, salt, seasonings, etc, then this restaurant is for you. But if you enjoy zest, zing, and flavor, RT will disappoint you.
The Shrimp and Grits looked really savory….that is until you notice that the grits are solidified into one big block, which can be lifted in its entirety, off of the plate with a fork.
I had the chocolate mousse for dessert. It was lackluster at best. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either. I had a craving for something sweet, this did not gratify my sweet tooth.
I really dislike leaving negative reviews, however, I spent $50 at this restaurant, yet I left unsatisfied. I feel the need to warn others more than I feel the need to be nice. The food just isn’t good…and that’s Real Talk.