Big Easy Creole Cafe – Review

A taste of New Orleans in Montgomery

Posted by on May 24th, 2009 and filed under Dining. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Big Easy Creole Cafe in Montgomery - Photo by Marc Parker

Big Easy Creole Cafe in Montgomery - Photo by Marc Parker

Montgomery, AL – Imagine the sights, sounds and flavors of Mardi Gras and New Orleans but without the nudity, having to dodge flying Moon Pies and random revelers tinkling in the streets… Enter Big Easy Creole Café.

With a broad menu encompassing Creole and Cajun cuisine, Big Easy is an upbeat, satisfying romp for the tongue and the senses.

Appetizer choices range from Boudin balls (rice, sausage, vegetables and spices fried, served with a Cajun dipping sauce) to Cajun-style chicken wings and crab claws, with appetizers priced between $6 – $8. My companion and I couldn’t resist the Boudin balls which were a welcome departure from the standard appetizer offerings found at most restaurants. Piping hot, seasoned in a balanced way with the right proportion of ingredients, they were highly enjoyable.

I thoroughly enjoyed the seafood etouffee, which featured crawfish and shrimp, a delectable cream sauce, crowned with a mound of rice and garnished with fresh green onions, and served with three slices of fresh, soft French bread. The look of the dish alone earned my praise as it’s the type of attractive presentation you typically only see in a pretentious, over-priced restaurant. Like the Boudin balls, this entrée was served piping hot and no one can gripe about the portion size. The combination of spices heightened the appeal of the dish, though I think someone in the kitchen had a case of happy fingers when it came to adding the cayenne pepper… it was pretty spicy! For those who can’t manage the heat in general, I would suggest you make a special request for preparing some of the dishes which might contain a serious kick to the taste buds. The etouffee was served with a fresh, tasty side salad. The entrée’s cost, a very reasonable $13.

My companion opted for the fried oysters, which were also piping hot and were served with seasoned French fries. She said the oysters were good and she appreciated the fact that they weren’t overly breaded.

Other entrees include traditional red beans and rice, shrimp Creole, jambalaya, BBQ shrimp and crab cakes. Fried shrimp and fried catfish are also available and are served with fries and cole slaw ($10). Pasta dishes, which include a side salad and French bread, range from a pesto to an alfredo linguine for $8-$9. Tasso (Cajun smoked, spiced pork), chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp or crawfish can be added to the pasta dishes for a minimal price. Two specialty salads are also available – Crescent City Caesar Salad ($6) and Street Car Chef Salad ($5). Various items, including shrimp and chicken, can be added to both salads for just a few dollars. Big Easy’s gumbo can be ordered by the cup ($4) or by the bowl ($6).

Big Easy has a lock on po boy offerings as well. Half-sandwiches are $4 – $7 and whole sandwiches are $6 – $12 and come “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickle and mayo), and various cheeses can be added for $.75. The po boys can be made with everything ranging from beef or andouille sausage to chicken, meatballs or crawfish. A New Orleans favorite, the muffaletta, is also available (half – $7, whole – $13). The muffaletta consists of ham, salami, mortadella and provolone, dressed with an olive salad and served on Leidenheimer Muffaletta Bread.

Beverages range from sodas to the Gulf Coast favorite, Community Coffee and Teas. Beer and liquor are also available and happy hour runs from 4 – 7 pm daily. Desserts include tiramisu; the NOLA favorite, beignets; and a bread pudding with a whiskey sauce. A children’s menu is available with all of the items priced at $5 and each includes fries. Specials vary by day but included boiled crawfish for $7 per pound when we visited.

The service was speedy and our server was quite pleasant and attentive to our needs and requests. I was amazed and obviously pleased that our appetizer was served within five minutes of it being ordered and our entrees and accompanying items were served less than 15 minutes after placing our orders.

Big Easy also offers live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with fun-loving Zydeco music playing in the background during their other hours of operation. The combination of party music, friendly staff, adventuresome and reasonably-priced food, and authentic décor provides a very relaxing and casual yet lively taste of New Orleans.

Big Easy Creole Café is located in Montgomery, Alabama at 109 Eastern Boulevard (Atlanta Crossings complex in the former Dreamland Barbecue building); 334-272-8510; www.Bigeasypoboys.com. Catering and booking for private parties are also available. Big Easy is open Monday through Saturday, 11 am and has no set closing time so far but averages staying open until around 9:30 – 10 pm.

Article by Joseph O. Patton

Publisher’s Note: Joseph O. Patton is the founder and former publisher of the Capital City Free Press and has worked as an editor, reporter, features writer, commentator and photographer for the Montgomery Independent, Coosa County News and the AUMnibus. He is also the creator and former on-air personality for WAUD Radio in Auburn’s weekly politics and humor segment, “Goat Hill Gossip,” and has worked as a political analyst for that station and for “First Call with Kevin Elkins” airing on 1440 AM in Montgomery. Patton has a degree in Political Science with a minor in Journalism from Auburn-Montgomery.

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10 Responses for “Big Easy Creole Cafe – Review”

  1. Wow a french fry po boy! Now that is hard to find around here for sure.

  2. ROD says:

    YES THE FOOD WAS GREAT,BUT WAS IS THE MUSIC? PLEASE "DON,T" LET THIS PLEASE GO.WE ARE FROM LOUISIANA AND OUR FRIENDS LOVE IT ALSO.GET THE MUSIC BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. cindi says:

    The worst service I have ever had in a restuarant. Food was good, when we fiinally got it.Got my salad before our drinks.Our waitress had a terrible attitude and kept giving us dirty looks.probaly will not go back.

  4. anon says:

    They do not throw moon pies in New Orleans

    • ROD says:

      THE GUY FROM LOUISIANA IS NOT THERE ANY MORE.HE OPEN THAT PLACE,AND WAS TRYING TO BRING NEW ORLEANS FOOD AND MUSIC ,BUT THE OTHER OWNER DREW STOP EVERYTHING.AND I THING THIS PLACE WILL CLOSE SOON.DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TONY WENT .HE IS THE GUY THAT STARTED THIS REST.WE LOVE THE FOOD WHEN IT OPEN BUT NOT NOW.

  5. BigLoss says:

    Went there last night. Food was good. Service was without a doubt one of the worst we ever experienced. Will NEVER return to this place!

  6. Michael Dell says:

    Food was great; however, service sucked. it took 45mins to get food….when there was only 4 tables , took 1hr to get tickets to pay. Employee was Incompetent (lacking ability) could not get tickets correct…took the whole staff of Big Easy to fix tickets, however, still was not correct……..(we only had 8 people)…..Management was rude and GM didn't COMP meals and Drinks… due to the incompetents of staff. Took 1 hour to pay….I will report this family owned company to the Health Department and BBB….. also got sick…i was throwing up.

    From the 2nd Degree MAN

  7. jimjimphx says:

    DO NOT GO TO THE BIG EASY CREOLE CAFE in Montgomery. The service is awful. They figured the tickets wrong. They added 18.5% tax including the Tip.
    Then tried to tell us that was the way they had to enter the tickets into the register but we held firm, told them Not only was the service bad , now this. I told them i was not going to paid a tip for bad service. Final they returned and said OK no gratuity, its happened before, its a software problem, we are sorry, we will remove the tip. WOW anyone reading this work for Alabama Revenue? Hope so!
    At one point, some guy dressed like a Chief dropped some kind of coin on the table in front of me. I assumed it was for a free drink or something, I immediately said, "I'm not coming back!" to which the guy SNATCH the coin back off the down and left.
    If it was a software problem on the register, why did the guy telling before we had to
    pay the tickets because they HAD to put it in the register that way??
    Please Avoid this place. Should be shut down.

    • ROD says:

      WHAT???????????????
      SOFTWARE PROBLEM.SORRY BUT MR.DREW THE OWNER AND
      HIS HOME TOWN SOFTWARE PEOPLE NEEDS HELP.
      THIS GUY TONY THAT WAS THERE BEFORE WAS GREAT .PLEASE GET HIM BACK,HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING,NOT DREW TONY WAS FROM LOUISIANA NOT DREW TONY CAME UP WITH LOUISIANA RECIPES,BUT DREW CHANGE EVERYTHING.DREW GO BACK HOME ,YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING FROM LOUISIANA.

  8. B-rad says:

    I went there as well and thought the same as most here that the food was just ok but the service was awful. I tell ya where I go for cajun food, Uncle Mick’s Cajun Market and Cafe. I don’t work there and don’t personally know the people who own it so this is not a commercial I just really like their food. They are in Prattville in the “Historic” Downtown area right there on Main St. I recommend the Alligator and Sausage sauce Piquant.

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