Food Porn: Lagniappes French Quarter Cafe

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UPDATE: Since this article the restaurant moved down the street and then to West Ave and now closed. The owner has mentioned a new location on Elmwood and a possible food truck, we’ll wait to see what happens.

On the 250th birthday of one of the greatest men in history (Arthur Guiness), I decided to celebrate by going out and taking advantage of Restaurant Week in Buffalo as well as writing my first post on Buffalo Eats.  My celebration brought me out to Lagniappes, which is a small New Orleans Cafe right in the heart of Allentown.  The restaurant inside is quite small and cozy but combined with the eclectic decor and a few outdoor tables, it makes for a great space to sling back some great, spicy, sweet, and salty New Orleans grub.

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Chef Chris Silverstein’s menu is full of Cajun dishes as well as a large selection of Po-Boys which are only about $7.  However, what was most intriguing to me was Chef Chris’s Taste of Buffalo award winning Gumbo.  Since it was Restaurant Week, I splurged and got the $20.09 special which included the Cajun Sampler, a drink, and a dessert of my choice.  Considering the Sampler itself is normally about $20, it was a pretty good deal.

Bowl of Gumbo with a Cornbread Muffin!

Bowl of Gumbo with a Cornbread Muffin!

The meal started with a bowl of the award winning gumbo and fresh cornbread muffin (pictured above).   The gumbo was 100% deserving of all the merits it has received.  It was a perfect combination of salty and sweet, and just when you think you’ve discovered all of the flavors, BAM, it hits you with some delicious spice.  The gumbo was filled with large chunks of andouille sausage and the muffin was sweet and a nice contrast to the heat of the gumbo.  It was a perfect way to start the meal.  And if you eat nothing else at Lagniappes, you definitely need to at least stop for a cup or bowl of the gumbo!

The HUGE Cajun Sampler platter!

The HUGE Cajun Sampler platter!

Shorty after picking up the gumbo bowl and licking what was left, out came the giant Cajun Sampler platter.  The sampler is a combination of fried oysters, a crab cake, rice & beans, and jambalaya.  The first thing that popped into my head was “It’s HUGE Buffalo, HUGGGGGGE!”  I first dug into the fried oysters and they were fantastic.  Big, plump, and perfectly fried…I could have made a meal of just those and the gumbo.  I next tried the crab cake, and it turned out to be quite an interesting experience.  I still now don’t know exactly what to think about it to be honest.  It was tasty, but the texture was so different than any other crab cake that I have ever had.  The outside had a slight crisp but the inside was really creamy.  The best part about the crab cake was the remoulade sauce that came on the side…delicious.

At this point I wasn’t sure how much more I could take, however, I needed to continue on to the massive piles of jambalaya and rice & beans.  The jambalaya was excellent as well.  It was full of sausage, chicken, and shrimp and was seasoned perfectly. (Salt and pepper was definitely not needed.)  It was a great combo of salty and sweet and ended with a nice kick in the pants, which seemed to be the trend with Chef Chris’s Cajun dishes.  After the jambalaya, I moved on to the rice & beans, and even though it’s a simple dish, it made for a great addition to the sampler platter.  I ended up having to take about half of my meal home but in no way is that a bad thing.  On my graduate student budget, leftovers make the perfect meal anytime of the day!

Following the meal I had that after-Thanksgiving urge just to unbuckle my belt and lay down for a quick nap…unfortunately I wasn’t at home on my comfy couch.  Just then my included dessert came out.  There was a choice of pies which included southern specialties such as pecan pie and sweet potato pie.  I opted for the amaretto soaked cake figuring I could take it home for a great breakfast with some strong coffee the next morning.  The meal made me realize now why Louisiana has some of the highest levels of obesity in the nation.  I think I’d be about 10 times larger if I ate that much amazing food every day.

The first stop on my tour during restaurant week was a great success in my book.  Lagniappes may not look like much from the outside, but the food inside is packed with flavor.  Combining the great food with a location in the heart of Allentown and very reasonable prices, Lagniappes is a can’t miss for any Cajun food fan!

*I hope you enjoyed my first post for Buffalo Eats.  There will be many more, including a few of my adventures during Restaurant Week as well as a special Dogfish Head Brewery Event post coming soon.  Please let me know your thoughts and get out this week and support the local restaurants.  Most have great deals and great food! Cheers!

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: Lagniappes French Quarter Cafe

  1. Kelly

    You shoudl try, if you haven’t already, the fried oysters from Left Bank. They are served with a tomato, corn jalapeno relish AND creole remoulade. So good. I enjoyed your review. This site is really coming into its own. I am glad I found it.

  2. Adam Pfleegor

    Thanks for the comment/suggestion and I am glad you enjoyed the review and site. I am obviously new to the site however you can see an extreme positive difference from the first few food porns to Don’s later ones. He seems to have turned into quite the foodie haha. I will definitely get to Left Bank at some point it’s a place I’ve wanted to try for a while. I also heard there Focaccia was fantastic.
    Cheers!

  3. LB

    I have never been here before! I will have to tell my parents to try it out because they are HUGE fans of gumbo! Thanks for the post Mr. Pfleegor:-)

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