Chicory and Chives Cafe

We’ve been fans of Chicory and Chives since it opened in 2007 in a little cinderblock building on Charles Page Boulevard. I’d had some great intentions about reviewing it at the time — and even went so far as to take photos for that purpose — but somehow the photos and good intentions both sank to the bottom of the ever-expanding pile of detritus on my desk, and I never got around to posting an entry.

Yesterday evening, I was in the mood for something warm and spicy. We headed out with the intent of scoring some tortilla soup, but on the way down Lewis, I glanced out the window, noticed a familiar name, and promptly asked Ron to turn the car around. Our favorite Cajun restaurant had relocated to a more stylish space at 5800 S. Lewis.

The menu — expanded and upgraded since our last visit — offered our old favorites: gumbo for me, red beans and rice for Ron. It also included several intriguing dishes I hadn’t tried, including shrimp and grits (pictured above) — a generous helping of cheese grits mixed with bacon and topped with smoked sausage and succulent grilled shrimp.

Oh. Em. Gee.

It’s hard to go wrong with red beans and rice.

Dishes at Chicory and Chives are  heavy on the flavor but light on the heat; if you’re a fire-eater, as I am, hot sauce (Tabasco, Louisiana, or both) is available upon request, or you can ask the chef to kick things up a notch or two in the kitchen.

We didn’t try the attached bar, called The Cranky Cajun, and we were too stuffed to sample anything from the dessert menu, so we’ll have to rely on readers for feedback on the drinks and desserts.

Chicory and Chives is open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Beignets and chicory coffee are available for breakfast, along with Cajun burritos, omelets, and all the usual breakfast fare.

Prices are very reasonable, and the service is quick and friendly. The owner came out to visit before we left, and we had a nice chat about a dessert I’d had at another Cajun restaurant many years ago. If he adds it to the menu, I am fairly certain I will actually weep with joy.

For more information, call Chicory and Chives at (918) 585-3500 or visit chicoryandchives.com.

Grades:
Product: A+
Service: A
Value: A
Overall: A+

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~ by redforkhippie on November 15, 2010.

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