Located in a shopping center off of I-35 and Parmer Lane, French Quarter Grille is a relatively low-key outlet, but once inside, the restaurant’s inspired décor reminds guests of Louisiana.
Upon seating, I was quickly greeted by one of the servers for a drink order, which was shortly followed by the arrival of rolls and herb butter. After reviewing the menu, I ordered the Fish of the Day ($17.95) in the form of catfish, fried, with a side of red beans and rice. The Cajun classic, red beans and rice, contained enough spice to provide a kick without sacrificing taste. However, the star of the night was the fried catfish. The tan batter on the fish was crispy, far from heavy, and well-seasoned. The filet itself, fresh and cooked without fault, did not have the grainy or “fishy” flavor that can be related to catfish.
To close the meal, I opted for the croissant bread pudding, which is topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with caramel rum and chocolate sauces. While I was hoping that the dessert menu would include beignets, I was more than satisfied with the too-good-to-be-true, decadent bread pudding served as a complement to my meal.
Whether looking for Louisiana-inspired cooking or just a good restaurant, I endorse French Quarter Grille. While it may have taken me three years to finally visit, I am certainly glad that I did and I plan on making my next visit much sooner.