The second I walked into Bon Temps Cafe, I had high hopes. Many of the newer restaurants I've tried lately have been underwhelming in the character of the decor. Being a Louisiana style restaurant, though, I had hoped they captured the flair of bayou culture. And wasn't disappointed.
We were seated in the lounge area at the back. Despite the busy lunch rush, at no point did it get too loud for my colleague and I to chat. The tables are a bit narrow to sit across from one another (so if you have a large group, I'd recommend the restaurant section), but we staggered ourselves and had plenty of room.
Our waitress, who was also the bartender, was prompt and friendly – just attentive enough that we didn't feel abandoned, but never interrupted unnecessarily.
My friend and I both ordered Po Boys – he chose the beef, and I went all out with the "Peacemaker". The Po Boys aren't served with a side (although you can order one for an extra charge), but we didn't need them. These sandwiches are huge and filling (and I'm generally a big eater). And the prices were very affordable.
Lunch took a little while coming out (which is forgivable, particularly for a new place), but we had no trouble ordering, eating and having a drink in an hour without feeling rushed to get back to the office.
Overall, this was one of the biggest positive surprises I've had at a new restaurant in the city in ages. Great atmosphere, great food and great prices. Who could ask for more?
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