For a taste of New Orleans in downtown Saskatoon, head over to Mardi Gras Grill at 239 Idylwyld Drive South (half a block north of 20th Street).
Scroll down the menu, and you’ll find lots of shrimp, blackened chicken and alligator. This doesn’t look good for three vegetarians, but the server and chef were really helpful.
We had a double helping of fried green tomatoes with Louisiana remoulade dressing without the shrimp. I enjoyed them. The tomatoes were thickly sliced and juicy, and the coating was crispy and not oily.
The blackened catfish salad – minus the catfish – was great. Fresh salad greens were topped with candied pecans, blue cheese and sun-dried cranberries, with raspberry vinaigrette on the side.
The cornbread was still warm from the oven.
Be sure to leave room for dessert as they are fabulous. We had the southern fried banana, which had a light tempura batter and was served with whipped cream, caramel sauce and ice cream.
The beignets are large, piping hot and delicious. Eat them plain or dunk them in the berry sauce.
It was a good meal. I’ll definitely come back.