Flying Fish Takeover at Catahoula Tonight

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Tonight, Tuesday February 4th, Flying Fish is taking over the taps at Queen Village’s Catahoula.

Four Flying Fish beers will be pouring including the recently re-released Exit 1 – Bayshore Oyster Stout. Each of the beers can be purchased independently or with a suggested pairing.

Check them all out. The special pairings run from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Catahoula Announces New Happy Hour

catahoula-logoQueen Village’s Catahoula has a new happy hour menu. The Cajun bar offers $5 bites daily from 4 to 7 p.m. Included among the $5 dishes, hushpuppies, wings, jambalaya, cheese fries and more. And happy hour isn’t truly happy without a drink deal. Catahoula comes through with a dollar off all drafts, $2 Narragansett 16-ounce cans and $4 well drinks.

Catahoula [Official Site]

Quick Bites: Decks and a Dozen Good Picks

For the rendering nerds, Standard Tap has published a few looks at the under construction roof for its deck. [Standard Tap]

Drew Lazor of City Paper/Meal Ticket provides Saveur magazine with a dozen spots to check out in Philadelphia. Saveur’s cheeseteak mentions (2), Drew’s (0). Yay Drew! [Saveur]

Catahoula’s chef Paul Martin has left the Cajun spot for Los Caballitos. First up, overhauling the specials.  [The Feast]

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Mardi Gras Fun All Around

House-made boudin over confit pork, smokey beans, topped with pickled red cabbage

Catahoula | House-made boudin

This Mardi Gras marks the 10th anniversary of the South Street Mardi Gras riots. Here are some worthwhile events that shouldn’t devolve into mayhem.

Catahoula – The Front Street Louisiana spot will be offering special dishes like crawfish croquettes, house-made boudin with pork confit, and Sweet D’s Louisiana chocolate mud cake topped with bourbon icing.There will also be an Abita tap takeover and Hurricane carafe specials.

Chris’ Jazz Cafe – $25 gets you all-you-can-eat crawfish throughout the day and night. There will also be $5 gumbo, Sazeracs and Hurricanes plus $3 beers from Louisiana brewer, Abita. At 6:45 p.m., the Nawlins’-inspired Hoppin’ John Orchestra will march down Broad Street, Bourbon Street style, proceeding down Sansom and onto Chris’ stage for a swinging 7 p.m. concert. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

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Cajun Swagger at Catahoula

It isn’t perfect but Catahoula takes Craig LaBan back to his Times Picayune days.

[W]hen I put a spoon into Martin’s return-to-roots bowl of chicken-and-andouille gumbo at Catahoula, it flipped lights on my taste buds that hadn’t been lit since my own Louisiana days. The broth is darker than most northern cooks would ever dream of serving, a deep mahogany-red hue that comes from slow-roasting roux to the color of chocolate. And the darkness channels a roasty, nutty depth, allowing the earthy savor of smoked meat, tender chicken, and a prickly cayenne heat to rise through the murk like a bloom on the Bayou Teche.

A bowl of this gumbo alone is worth the visit to Catahoula, the new Queen Village gastropub named for Louisiana’s state dog.

Two Bells – Very Good

Catahoula [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Catahoula [Official Site]

How Many Bells for Catahoula?

Craig LaBan reviews Catahoula this weekend. The former New Orleans Times Picayune critic has been harsh towards Louisiana themed restaurants in the past. How will this Queen Village Creole spot fare?

How Many Bells for Catahoula?

  • 2 Bells - Very Good (52%, 65 Votes)
  • 1 Bell - Hit or Miss (24%, 30 Votes)
  • 3 Bells - Excellent (21%, 26 Votes)
  • 0 Bells - Poor (2%, 2 Votes)
  • 4 Bells - Superior (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 125

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Good, Honest Catahoula

Brian Freedman finds excellent Louisiana cuisine without the schlocky beads and fleur de lis at Queen Village’s Catahoula.

Louisiana’s is among the most poorly parroted cuisines. But at Catahoula, with its focus on “good, honest food,” as Martin notes, it’s being rendered as solidly and appealingly as it has in a long time in Philly. Good eating needs no gimmickry—much less a brass band—to proclaim its worth.

Catahoula [Philadelphia Weekly]
Catahoula [Official Site]

Faithful New Orleans on Front Street

Adam Erace visits Catahoula, the Louisiana themed restaurant on Front Street in Queen Village. He finds several gems on the menu.

I could go to Catahoula, eat gumbo and nothing else, and leave very happy. But there are other temptations. Like oysters and po’ boys, advertised on faux-vintage banners affixed to the handsome brick front of the restaurant, which is named for Louisiana’s state dog, the Catahoula hound

All Saints [City Paper]
Catahoula [Official Site]

Around the Web: Restaurant Week, Wings & Veggies

Philly Phoodie sings the praises of Catahoula’s happy hour. Cajun delights in abundance. [Philly Phoodie]

Philly Phoodie also ventures into the land of no left turns and the aptly named Jug Handle in search of good wings. [Philly Phoodie]

Midtown Lunch celebrates mousaka for lunch at hidden away Sandy’s. [Midtown Lunch]

Recently opened Philadelphia Chutney Company shows plenty of promise for Living on the Vedge. [Living on the Vedge]

It’s a double patty vegetarian burger at Kite and Key that has Veggicurious talking. [Veggicurious]

Yelp on Restaurant Week

Revere or revile it, all can agree Center City District Restaurant Week‘s biannual onslaught of $35 multi-course meals has become ubiquitous, inspiring concurrent copycat menus all over the city. We took the pulse of this September’s promotion by searching for the top “restaurant week” reviews on Yelp Philadelphia.

Patrick C filed a four-star report on Zahav, calling the small-plate sweetbreads, fried cauliflower and ground lamb “amazing.” Elite writer Mikey I concurs with five stars and shout-outs to “house-smoked sable” and “the Farsi steak dish.” [Yelp Philly]

Seven RW 9/2010-specific reviews are already filed on Le Bec Fin, with decisions split.  Duck terrine fell flat for Claire O and Jenny M, while escargot with Champagne and hazelnuts earns positive first course mentions. No one can resist a gilded vanilla crème brûlée, Katherine F‘s “favorite part of the meal.” [Yelp Philly]

A “very reasonably priced” bottle of Cabernet added a nice “surprise” to Rob F‘s dinner at Butcher & Singer. Elite yelper Beth K found the same “suggested wine pairing” for “$27/bottle” a treat with her “thick and juicy” filet, also a favorite of Ian M: “I have not had a steak that perfect in a restaurant in a long time.” [Yelp Philly]

Though a “spicy margarita” didn’t quite live up to its name for Sophie S, the “huge Amada fan” loved the “baller” first courses at Chifa: “ceviche, unique chicken wings, and stand-out pork belly buns were the highlight of the meal.”  Scott D wisely used his server as a “great resource” to “pick the best things,” including the “spicy shrimp noodle bowl” popping with bacon and “creamy… complex flavors.” [Yelp Philly]

Le Castagne‘s “incredibly light and fluffy” gnocchi with white truffle cream sauce earns gushing praise in the restaurant’s single recent RW review by Andrew G, as well as vitello alla milanese in a “shockingly generous” portion.  [Yelp Philly]

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