I've eaten meals in more than 30 different countries as well as all 48 different states.I'm a certified ribologist and steak man, so i have little experience in eating great food. But, I look for more than just great in a restaurant, but the food is what i know, so my rating is 95% about the food.
This place is excellent, the food is second to none. We arrived on a Thursday at 7 PM and there was no wait, which surprised me, because my wife picked this place after it was recommended by a few friends. her friends usually pick very upper class type restaurants.
The wait staff was great from beginning to end and knew their food. The drinks are large and the alcohol is very cheap for size that they serve.
We were shown our seats upon arrival and I like the large seating arrangements, you actually had space to move your elbows without touching you neighbors. I ordered the Thai Ribs, my wife ordered the balsamic Salmon and my son ordered Rostisserie Chicken. I was stunned at the portion sizes for all of us, large and plentiful.
The Thai Ribs, (I've actually lived in Thailand and the Ribs are not like this) were as tasteful as a rib can get. The are dry rub, meaning that you have to make an effort to make them taste good, not just plop a large dosage of sauce on them. The ribs were falling off the bones and every bite gave you the same taste, which is unusual for ribs. The salmon weighed at least 12 ounces, which is a very large portion for the price. My son's portion was too large for a nine-year-old, but he loved the chicken and my wife raved about her salmon. She has 45-years experience of eating seafood being from Maryland and living all over the world.
The sides were large regular portions, not your typical spoonful of sides. The red beans and rice does New Orleans proud.
If you only have time for one meal while in New Orleans.....this is the place.
The only negative that i saw here was that there really is no kids menu, you would think they would shrink the adult menu, but they don't cater to families unless the families have adult children. Also, they could improve the lighting, like make it brighter, but don't touch the cooking.
Great cooking needs to be seen, smelled and tasted, Zea does 2 of 3 very well.
Check this place out and the price is very reasonable.
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