Saturday, March 20, 2010
Ignatius Eatery & Grocery: Celebrating New Orleans?
Toole’s beloved character never invoked in me the desire to eat. In fact, his crazy antics and foul lack of self-sanitization would actually induce quite the opposite. Nonetheless, I can understand why a proprietor would choose to name their establishment after Ignatius considering his creator’s fame and association with New Orleans. Although they didn’t offer any kind of cheese dip, John and I had the pleasure of dining at Ignatius Eatery (4200 Magazine Street) last night for my 29th cheat. I have held steady to last week’s weigh-in and I am still only down 53 pounds. I seem to be at a standstill lately, but I just have to keep my chin up, continue pressing onward and I know I will eventually reach my goal.
While we munched on some bread, our server came out with our appetizers: a bowl of Plantation Chicken & Sausage Gumbo and some Grilled Alligator Sausage. Aside from the temperature (lukewarm), I thought the gumbo was quite tasty. I had never tried a gumbo made with a golden roux and found it pleasantly nutty and creamy. The alligator sausage, cut into slices and grilled up till almost crispy, was served with vinaigrette coleslaw and a small dish of Creole mustard for dipping. The sausage was delightful and I am sure I would come back to order the po-boy version of this appetizer.
I am willing to return and try their po-boys, since every restaurant has its strengths and weaknesses. Ignatius has already been praised as the best lunch place and it is quite possible their po-boys will simply blow me away. Finally, in keeping with their theme, I think it would be hilarious if they served cheese dip, Lucky Dogs, bologna sandwiches and Hubig Pies on occasion in honor of their namesake. I’m sure Ignatius would get quite a kick out of it…especially if it was comped.
Written by Kim Ranjbar