A region's music and food often mirror each other, like So Cal's pop-punk and Mexican food, in that both are super corny, and routinely make people sick to their stomachs. For grub that's as fiery as Zydeco, check out...Zydeco's.
From an owner who grew up with a "huge Cajun influence" and all the accordion-heavy tunes that go along with it, Zydeco's serves up healthy bayou cuisine in a cozy white-tableclother plastered with framed photos of its namesake genre's greats, though mentioning their names here would be like playing a Zydeco Frottoir Rubboard without tin spoon handles -- what's the point?! The Louisiana tastebud tour begins with spicy shrimp sauteed in Creole seasonings and cheesy grits, before moving to crab cakes fried with bell peppers/ onions/ seasonings, escargot in puff pastries, and a sampler plate with crab cakes, sweet potato fries, tomato/ cucumber slaw, and bourbon chicken strips, though they're missing a real opportunity to make Wild Turkey Wild Turkey. Signature mains stay on brand with blackened chicken, halibut creole in a spicy tomato sauce, classic jambalaya, and the mushrooms/ green onions/ bearnaise/ dirty rice Chicken Pontalba, a dish from "old-line New Orleans", which's what they call the blue-blood, classy part of town where they frown on etiquette breaches like "boobs-on-the-table".
For the truly adventurous, they'll also be serving weekly rotating, less accessible Nawleans specialties like pigs feet, and soup with alligator snapping turtle, an animal that unlike So Cal tweens, can't just be caught with some dumb little hook.
Published: September 15, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
1730 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80301
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