I am a fan of Cajun and Southern Louisiana food so my visit today was much anticipated due to friends telling me how good the food was. I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed. The location was hard to find and when you enter the first thing you notice is the place is rustic and loud. I decided not to pass judgment too quickly and to sit back, relax, and see what happens.
We were seated quickly and after that things slowed down quite a bit. Our party had arrived around 12:45PM so we were at the last of the lunch rush. We received menus, water, and then waited for what seemed like a long time but was most likely more like ten minutes. The menu is two single sheets, one with the lunch menu and the other the regular dishes. This is where it got interesting, you could order a lunch entrée but on looking further found you could get the same thing in what was called "Big Ol Platters" for about the same cost. There is also an extensive list of beers available, some from Abita Brewery, which were very good. Served cold in a tall mug.
The menu had the usual assortment of fried and grilled seafood with the seasonal addition of several crawfish dishes fried, etouffee, and boiled by the pound. Appetizers (called starters on the menu) ranged from fried pickles ($5) to hot crab fingers ($15). A couple of the appetizers were unique, fried gator ($11) and fried green tomatoes ($6). I didn't try a starter but want to go back and try a couple of them instead of ordering an entrée. I noticed when the appetizers were served at an adjacent table the portions were very generous.
There is a good assortment of different salads offered with seafood topping. There were several po-boys on the menu with one of them being a French fry po-boy. One of the burgers on the menu was called Green Eggs and Ham-burger, which one of my table mates ordered. Served on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, fried egg, pepper jack cheese and herb mayonnaise. It is served with French fries or onion rings and looked delicious. Another standard item was the New Orleans Muffaletta.
After looking the menu over I decided on fried crawfish with my side order being onion rings. I received a large metal pan that looked like an old fashioned pie pan that was full of crawfish and onion rings. The crawfish were cooked to perfection and only lightly battered. The onion rings were thin, lightly battered and cooked crisp but not hard. The serving was huge and while they were delicious I wound up with a large doggie bag full of crawfish to take home. There were several signature dishes called Woodrow's Cajun Favorites. The most interesting of these "signature" dishes was called seafood courtbouillon ($17). I definitely want to return and try this one.
Dessert wasn't on the menu but we noticed a young lady near the bar icing what looked like cupcakes. When we inquired were told they were beer batter chocolate, with a butter cream icing. A couple were ordered for the table and the bite I had was delicious, with a dense texture and rich chocolate flavor. I didn't notice any beer taste but after eating one of the "Big Ol Platters" really wasn't in the best frame of mind to enjoy a dessert.
To wind this up: Woodrow's Heights is definitely a place to which I'll return. The food was tasty, served hot, and the portions were generous. For the quality of food it was priced reasonably and while noisy with food this good I'll just ignore it.
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