April 23rd, 2012, 12:07 pm · · posted by KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
For instance, Bourbon Street in downtown Fullerton thought Orange County would flock to a New Orleans-themed restaurant and bar that offered drinks and cuisine that you normally can find only in Louisiana. Who doesn’t love Cajun food?
Well, they built a crawfish etouffee, and nobody came.
And that wasn’t a metaphor for the problems at Bourbon Street – they literally put crawfish etouffee on the menu, and nobody ordered it. And you can forget about the alligator bites. It just wasn’t happening for the restaurant.
But the owners didn’t give up. Instead, they partnered with the hottest chefs in the business – the guys who run the Lime Truck.
Restaurant owner Larry Houser explained that he let the Lime Truck guys use his kitchen, and in return, they gave him some guidance in overhauling his menu.
The restaurant now offers a menu that maintains the New Orleans theme, but with an emphasis on more produce, healthier dishes and fresher ingredients.
The Lime Truck, in case you didn’t know, was the Season 2 winner on the Food Network’s program “The Great Food Truck Race.”
I tested some of the new dishes, and I am a believer in both the Lime Truck and Bourbon Street.
The downtown nightspot has always had a lively late-night scene, and the new menu will go a long way toward making the happy hour worthwhile. During happy hour (Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.), there are drink specials, and most appetizers are $6, including the Louisiana Fries, a monster plate of fries covered with pulled pork and other goodies. It can feed a small army, or an emerging nation.
For those of you who love the food of New Orleans, you can still find some of your favorites, including Jambalaya. But the bruschetta and pork chop make the new menu a winner.
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