This past weekend, I had the pleasure of enjoying Bourbon Street's offerings with a friend and I dare say you will need to as well! Located in Fullerton, the restaurant features a unique California Cajun menu, and if you have not experienced Cajun cuisine, Bourbon Street is the perfect introduction. I've visited New Orleans before, and I was quite impressed by the restaurant's likeliness to the iconic Bourbon Street by the use of an 'outside/inside' feel through brick walls adorned with street signs and mural art, complete with windows and awnings, lamp posts, and strung lights for a festive touch. Creating the city's lively energy and celebratory lifestyle, but also and most importantly the overwhelmingly rich and authentic flavors of the south presented in a sophisticated way.
I got into the Mardi Gras mood by starting off with one of Bourbon Street's signature cocktails (carafe style), the Big Sexy; a phenomenal and fun twist on the sex on the beach cocktail and great for sharing with friends.
Moving on to the first appetizer, the Louisiana Fries ($12), which I must say, the word 'fries' is an understatement, was a mountain of fries topped and smothered with pulled pork, baked beans, ginger slaw, BBQ sauce, garlic aioli and pickled vegetables. This dish was perfection and is a great starter for 6 or so people; my friend and I just had to tackle the fries by digging in; per co-owner John Skehan's suggestion. As delicious as it was, we barely made a dent in the fries, but we also wanted to leave room for the other dishes.
Next, the second appetizer, Bruschetta ($8), was a slight twist on the classic dish with toasted crostinis topped with Gorgonzola Cheese, capers, garlic, and fresh basil. The tomatoes and fresh basil balanced the strong bleu cheese flavor of the Gorgonzola cheese and the crostinis gave a nice crunch; great for sharing for 2-4 people.
Onto the entrees, we first tasted the Shrimp & Grits, need I say more? White hominy cheddar grits with buttered Cajun shrimp, tomatillo pico de gallo and fresh cilantro were all bundled up into a savory bowl and served with 2 toasted crostinis. I had never had grits before, so these cheesy grits have me hooked! The shrimp was fresh and added great bite to the grits, and I also liked the use of Mexican flavors.
The second entree we tried was the Salmon ($18), blackened with a lemon caper sauce then served with dirty rice and seasonal veggies. The Salmon was perfectly blackened, providing enough crisp to complement the citrus and salty flavors; and the dirty rice and veggies were not overly seasoned, therefore serving as great sides for the salmon and lemon caper sauce.
Our meal was not complete without dessert! Of course we had to try the New Orleans staple, beignets!
Six beignets came out on a platter, smothered in powdered sugar (just how I like it) and served with blackberry jam and unsweetened caramel. The beignets were fried just right, and I liked the option to have the dipping sauces, but they were pretty great on their own!
This weekend, Bourbon Street is hosting 'Mardi Gras for Autism', a fun (and food)-filled event celebrating 'Fat Tuesday' to create Autism awareness, with proceeds benefiting Fullerton Cares Autism Foundation. This event will be taking over the parking lot behind Bourbon Street, it is FREE, and for the entire family to enjoy. Aside from an exciting line up of live entertainment and activities, Bourbon Street will be offering their signature Hurricane drink ($1 per Hurricane goes towards the same Autism programs) as well as their full menu of New Orleans-style Cajun Cuisine including the staples; Louisiana chicken gumbo with dirty rice, rock shrimp jambalaya, Creole red beans and rice, BBQ glazed pork belly sloppy joe, and catfish po' boy on a baguette. Co-owners Larry Houser and John Skehan previously raised over $4,000 for autism initiatives during Fat Tuesday in 2013.
Don't miss out on this incredible event for an even more incredible cause!
5th Annual Mardi Gras for Autism
Saturday March 1st
Join Bourbon Street for a more 'adult' celebration on Fat Tuesday, March 4th from 11am-2pm for an 'as close as you're going to get' to a full blown Mardi Gras celebration!Follow Bourbon Street:
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