Tuesday December 2, 2008 cont.
Just under two hours later, I pulled into the lovely central Louisiana town of Natchitoches. My destination was a restaurant I have been reading about in the Stern's books for a long time, but never visited, Lasyone's Meat Pies
That, my friends, is a big meat pie! Even Santa loves meat pies.
During the Roadfood bus tour in Austin last year, I mentioned to Roadfood poster RickF
and his wife Janet that I may be through here later in the year. So Rick was nice enough to meet me at Lasyone's
For a place best known for one item, they have a surprisngly large menu. I tried to start my meal with a cup of gumbo (this is Louisiana, afterall), but they were out. Rick made me feel better by promising great gumbo at dinner. So I went with the standard meat pie.
It was faintly warm, and full of tender seasoned beef and pork. I think there was some onion in there, too. The meat was tasty enough that the gravy was unnecessary, but it would be a shame to let this good gravy go to waste. The gravy also proved to go well on top of the dirty rice, too.
Another item at Lasyone's
that Jane & Michael rave about is the Cane River cream pie.
If I understand it correctly, this is similar to a Boston Cream pie, but with gingerbread instead. All I know is that it was delcious!
Since I arrived in town earlier than he expected, Rick already had lunch, so passed on eating at Lasyone's
. Besides, he wanted to save some appetite for dinner. http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=116&RefID=116 Lasyone's Meat Pies
definitely gets a thumbs up!
Our plans were to have dinner at another place reviewed here on Roadfood, Mama's Oyster House
. Needing to kill some time between meals, Rick offered a spare bedroom at his place if I wanted to take a nap. I had planned on checking out the town, but after all the running around I had been doing, a nap sounded like a marvelous idea.
I was greeted at Rick's house by Jeb, the lovable family Corgi. When I woke up from my nap, Janet was home from work and we headed out for dinner. Mama's Oyster House
is an interesting place. It has a bar feel about it, but is still very family friendly. And since Natchitoches is a college town, the waitstaff was young and attractive.
Since Rick and Janet knew the menu so well, I was happy to let them take the lead in what to eat. We started off with an appetizer of just spicy enough barbecued shrimp.
I couldn't decide between the gumbo or the crawfish etouffee. The waitress was kind enough to provide a small sample of the fine etouffee, but I was quite happy with the gumbo.
Janet called the gumbo a dark brew at the exact same time I was thinking it. You can just tell by looking at it, that it meant business! It really packed a flavor wallop!
Janet had the fresh, plump, fried shrimp,
while washing it down with a beer I had not seen before.
Rick had the chicken salad, along with a cup of that gumbo.
There were so many things on the menu that looked good, so I ended up with a combo platter of catfish, fried shrimp and fried crawfish.
All were good, with the fried shrimp being the standout.
Rick and Janet are friends with the owner Clay Mayeaux and he came over and visited for a few minutes. Nice man! Before we left, our waitress stood on a chair and took a photo of us.
The look on my face? That is from being very, very full! http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=2736&RefID=2744
We said our goodbyes and I thanked Rick and Janet for their hospiatlity while in town. They really made me feel welcome. Hopefully, they went home and enjoyed the hummingbird cake
I brought them from Mammy's Cupboard
But before I left, I walked around and checked out all the Christmas decorations by the river.
Seems that Natchitoches has a huge Christmas festival every year and they really go all out. What a great little city!
About two hours later, I was back at my hotel in Natchez. Hey look, its a piece of red velvet cake waiting for me!
Much more to come.....
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