On the intersection of Washington Avenue and Euclid, next door to the The Improv Shop comedy club, is a very fun place full of well-seasoned food, lively music, and delightful cocktails. It is none other than Evangeline’s Bistro and Music House, a little taste of NOLA in the CWE.
One of the first things you will notice upon walking in is the wonderful atmosphere which people have described it to me as an authentic New Orleans experience (I myself have never been, so I cannot vouch for this personally). There has always been a band playing or setting up to play every time we’ve been there, generally with a small group dedicated to see the performers specifically.
The first thing I noticed right away was the fine list of cocktails, including one of the better sazeracs I’ve ever had. The Rum Milk Punch has been one of our favorites so far…
… but for the pure novelty factor the Bloody Mary with Grilled Shrimp definitely wins a prize. It was actually a very good drink, though I generally do not order bloody marys. The grilled shrimp on the skewer were indeed very good.
Marinated Feta Cheese is not a dish I had ever heard of before, but its something I will look for in the future. It was simply delicious and not over-powering like I thought it was going to be.
We both really loved the Mussels Sauvignon, which had a rich, bold sauce and some very plump and tender mussels. We even took some of the sauce home to put on stuff for later.
The Bourbon Chicken Sandwich really had an amazing kick to it, and it will definitely fill you up. It’s filled with perfectly seasoned, juicy chicken and mozzarella and parmesan cheese. I admit I couldn’t finish it all in one sitting, but it made a wonderful lunch the next day.
With all these great things to say about Evangeline’s, I have heard some complaints from people about the service being slow. We have not personally experienced this, but we generally visit places a little before or after the rushes. It is possible we have just gotten lucky, or just perhaps some other patrons were just unlucky.
I’ve also heard other people describe the food as “bland”, but I am wondering if that is just because they expect the food to be too hot to eat in order to be genuine creole cuisine. We found the food to be wonderful, regardless of whether or not it is authentic. Come by Evangeline’s someday and taste for yourself and let us know what you think.
- Pros: Filling food that is full of flavor. Wonderful cocktails and atmosphere.
- Cons: Others have complained about service and wait times, though we have not experienced any problems.
- Charlie’s Favorites: Mussels Sauvignon, Marinated Feta Cheese, Sazerac
- Christine’s Favorites: Mussels Sauvignon, Shrimp Po’ Boy, Rum Milk Punch