By: Kent B. - MSTv Ex. Producer
Its not often that I put words to computer, heaping raves on a restaurant or their food offerings. But, the new "Elsie's Plate & Pie" induced a spark on my thoughts -- and palette.
I ventured into the spot, based on the new segment we produced for the show. Being a bit of a food snob, I was intrigued at the thought of trying something new, tasty and different.
And, I was hardly disappointed.
On first sight, the restaurant has a simplistic, indie coffee show feel and look. Low lights with simple tables and small, more intimate booths, are in place to accent any dining experience. Plus, the millennial wait-staff were busy, but completely attentive to their customers needs. But any aesthetic aside, good food choices will be the draw.
And for myself, I ordered a take-out of the Crab Pie with onion sticks and a slice of strawberry pie for dessert.
Good choices, Kent!
Upon opening my meal, the first thing that startled me were the portion sizes. They were huge!! The entree came with a field-green side salad with a highly complementary vinaigrette topping. Additionally, the crab pie slice was a massive piece of crabmeat mixed with cheeses and seasonings; and the onion sticks virtually filled the plate. And, the strawberry pie was filled with fruit - incredibly fresh fruit.
Simply put, everything was delicious, surprisingly light and won this food snob over. But that's just my humble opinion. What can you look forward to in visiting Elsie's? Take a look below and read more after!
The restaurant itself, (a very welcome addition to the growing scene that is Government Street) offers a unique food menu: pies, but served in an even more unique way. Forget ideas about simple pot pies, or the basic apple pie fare. Elsie's does offer these, but as is not expected, offers them with a Louisiana spin.
So what does that mean exactly? Well, according to chef/owner Paul Dupre, it means his creations really are the simple treats we love, but Louisiana spiced to make them even more tasty.
With recipes inspired by his grandmother, Elsie Rupe, Chef Paul has concocted dessert pies like: Cherry Hand Pie, S'mores Pie, Almond Joy Pie, Blackberry Pie Nachos(??) and more. Elsie's savory, or more "pot pie" type entrees consist of: Crawfish Hand Pie, Louisiana Poulet Pot Pie, Carl's Tomato Pie, Crab Pie & Natchitoches Meat Pie. (Elsie's full menu)
These offerings, plus many more, help complete Elsie's very diverse and more traditional menu item avail-abilities. From red beans to a patty melt; if you want something specific, chances are that Elsie's will have it - or something pretty darn close.
But if you don't believe me, go experience it for yourself. You'll probably never look at a piece of pie the same way again.
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