Café Bourbon Street
Wednesday April 19, 2023
Real New Orleans Food By a Real New Orleans Family– I’ve been following the success of Café Bourbon St. since their humble beginnings at Windsor Street Market- Atlanta in their food truck (still currently operating). Café Bourbon St. moved to their second location at the Marietta Square Market, propelling into more success now they’ve expanded closer to their loyal Cobb County customer base.
I was feeling greedy my first time going, so I ordered the Jambalaya Eggrolls and Cajun Wing basket with regular Cajun Fries- for an up-charge you can get the famous Bourbon Ranch Fries. I also got one of each sauces to experiment with- Bourbon St. Sauce (bbq sauce), Creamy Creole Sauce, and Buttermilk Ranch. Did I mention all the sauces are handmade?
Rating out of 10 stars:
- Jambalaya Eggrolls: 10/10- *Warning for shellfish allergens* The flavor is EVERYTHING!! The presentation alone let me know this was going to be good, but it’s a major difference when you bite into it. The jambalaya is made by a true Louisianan because the flavor instantly hits with the spice slowly creeping into the mix. Being from Louisiana I love all things spicy and flavorful, but this meal is a perfect balance for those who may not do well with or dislike spice. The sauce that came drizzled on the eggrolls already complemented the flavors perfectly and also helps ease the spic if it’s not desired. I went on to dip the eggroll in each sauce, but the Bourbon St. Sauce fit perfectly; it created a combination I didn’t know I needed. The crunch to soft ratio was amazing too with the jambalaya keeping it’s texture and again being balanced with the fry of the eggroll.
- Cajun Wing Basket (5 piece): 9.5/10- This basket comes with cajun fries and the Buttermilk Ranch. I was able to get all flats, yes I’m an all flats and bleu cheese lady. However, I was more than excited to try their ranch because it’s homemade, so I had an assumption the taste wouldn’t be as strong as a lot of popular brands. The wings were piping hot and I did not mind because that crunch and seasoning blew me away! I don’t want to get carried away, but I feel like these wings were individually seasoned with love while being told some encouraging affirmations. The meat was perfectly tender yet juicy inside and out, like the dry rub on the outside also complemented the inside. The love and care put into this basket is extremely appreciated it, because they really put their all into this. The only thing I’d do differently is ask for my wings to be fried a little harder, not to say theirs isn’t fried nicely, I just like mine crispy with a little burnt on it maybe yet juicy (it’s possible and I know they got me for that perfect 10 score).
- Pricing gets 10/10 for me also because a lot of restaurants in the area seem very pricey to me that doesn’t match the quality or quantity the customer receives. I would’ve spent less than $25, but adding the $5 tip I’ll estimate it to about $30 even.
- Atmosphere: As soon as I walked up to the counter I was greeted with a smile and a warm welcome/vibe; I forget my hosts name but she set the tone in such a positive way. She was extremely patient with me and I gave me a thorough description of all the food items and what there is to offer. I really appreciate how she took the time to let me know which items contained food allergens and double checked on my order before I purchased. I came early in the day with short lines so I was able to talk a little with her and informed her about this review. Customer service is extremely important to me and she did a great job representing herself and this organization. The heart with my name on my to-go box also added a touch of love and welcoming that I didn’t know I needed; it brought me a lot of joy.
- Bonus: I will be back to try more food, especially those beignets!! On Sundays there are chicken & beignets, pecan praline beignets, and other delicious surprises. During the winter/fall months gumbo was also available, so be on the lookout during the cold seasons.
Overall, I give Café Bourbon St. a total score of 10/10. Being from Louisiana I tend to crave a lot of foods from home and there’s a lot of restaurants in the area that claim to be Creole/Cajun/Louisiana influenced and don’t live up to the expectations of real Louisianans. I can tell this family is truly from New Orleans based on the way they cook certain foods, which might seem common but it’s totally different from how we cook in Alexandria or Shreveport for example. I really appreciate that their food is true to form but it also felt light or not sitting heavy on my stomach as it digests everything. I can’t eat a lot of fried foods, however this meal didn’t irritate my stomach and really were the perfect portion sizes.
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