Sunday, December 9, 2012

Toups' Meatery

My friends Bob and Greg were in town from San Francisco for their yearly visit recently. Each time they visit, we go to a restaurant they've never been to. This year I recommended Toups' Meatery in Mid-City. What a good decision!

We started with the meatery board for the table. The board is filled with house-made: charcuterie, boudin balls, sausage, pickled vegetables, mustards, and ...

Toups' Meatery Board
 their kick-ass, habit-forming cracklins!

Toups' Cracklins

The entrees were fantastic. Bob and Butch got the double cut pork chop served with dirty rice and cane syrup gastrique. This "chop" was tender, juicy and FULL of flavor.

Double cut pork chop with dirty rice
On the recommendation of our waiter, Larry Nguyen (also the general manager), I got the confit chicken thighs with white beans, mustard greens, and gizzard gravy. Talk about good!
Confit chicken thighs with white beans, mustard greens & gizzard gravy

Greg went with an appetizer combo as his entree. He started with the mixed green salad with tempura gouda and pecans. Nice combination.  

Mixed green salad, herbed vinaigrette, tempura Gouda, pecans
Next, he chose the meatballs with ginger-lemongrass BBQ sauce and sprinkled with gruyere. Very, very tasty.

Meatballs with ginger-lemongrass BBQ sauce, & gruyere

Kathy ordered the tri tip steak served with creamed potatoes, oyster mushrooms,  and sauce bordelaise - it was divine!

Tri tip steak, creamed potatoes, oyster mushrooms,  & sauce bordelaise
Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of the mussels in a white wine chili broth served with grilled bread, but Vicki raved about them.
Chef Isaac Toups was born and raised in Rayne, Louisiana, and  "made his entry into food as a cook at Emeril’s Delmonico and spent the following decade within Emeril’s Restaurant Group." His wife and business partner, Amanda, has an extensive background in wine and wine education. And, general manager, Larry Nguyen, is a native New Orleanian who "has worked in every aspect of the restaurant industry for over 15 years." 

The dining room is comfortable, the service friendly & attentive, and the food fantastic. I can't wait to go back! Put Toups' Meatery on your "Don't Miss" list.

Toups' Meatery is located at 845 N. Carrollton Avenue (a stone's throw from City Park). Their hours are Lunch: 11-2:30 Dinner: 5-9 Tues — Sat and Fri & Sat Open till 10pm. Reservations for dinner are recommended: 504.252.4999.

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