dastylishfoodie's Recent Reviews
Zorbas Gyros, Burgers & More is a new fast food casual restaurant that opened recently in the Lafayette, LA area. Zorbas menu offers Greek and American food and some of their specialty items include gyros, burgers and Philly cheesesteaks.
As we approached the restaurant, we could smell an amazing aroma. The aroma was incredible, filled with unbelievable spices. Yum.
My husband and I arrived at about 11:00 am at the restaurant. I am glad that we arrived early because we beat the lunch rush. We were greeted with a warm greeting as we entered the restaurant. The menus were visible at the counter and available to take and peruse.
We quickly decided exactly what we wanted and found a booth to sit. The restaurant was very clean, a wide-opened casual setting.
Our first item was the Zorbas Hummus. The hummus is topped with sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, feta crumbles, olive oil, paprika and fresh tomatoes. The hummus was nicely presented and served with pita bread. The pita was soft and went perfectly with the hummus. Some of the best hummus that I have eaten in a long time.
We tried the Philly super steak, a cheesesteak sandwich topped with grilled onions, red bell peppers, mushrooms and cheese. The cheesesteak was superb! The steak was seasoned perfectly with the right amount of toppings. SO good!
The chicken gyro comes with the seasoned chicken, Tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. Superb. The gyro was delicious.
We also tried a Greek Burger. The greek burger had a Feisty feta spread, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and a touch of Tzatziki sauce. Wow!
A very interesting burger. I love the greek twist of the burger. Really good.
One of the things I loved about Zorba’s was the variety menu. The menu offered both greek and american items. Gyros with a twist, BBQ gyros and Veggie gyros. Salads, combination plates, greek nachos and so much more.
The menu has something for everyone. If you are a vegetarian, don’t worry there are a few food options for you as well.
The service was wonderful. From the time we arrived, to the time we left, the staff was wonderful.
Before leaving we tried a Greek dessert Baklava. Which is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts, sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. Delicious! A sweet finish!
Zorba’s is a great place for a sit down lunch, dinner or for pick up. A great alternative to fast food dining. The food was made to order, served hot and made with fresh ingredients.
Zorba’s is located at 1812 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA. The hours of operation are Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Be sure to go and check out Zorbas, you won’t be disappointed.
Magpie Cafe Downtown
This morning I checked out Magpie Cafe Downtown. Magpie is located in the historic downtown area of Baton Rouge. An easy going cafe offering espresso drinks, tea, pastries, sandwiches and salads.
Conveniently located downtown, the cafe had windows throughout, giving the cafe a very wide open feel. The weather was gorgeous which made the stay so comfortable and bright.
When I walked in, I immediately noticed the different seating options that were available. There was an area off in the corner near the windows with a bar area with elevated chairs. In addition, tables for larger parties which were also near the window. There were also normal height tables and chairs as well as tables with semi booth seating. A very comfortable area.
Outdoor seating is also available for nice days. The spot compliments the downtown area very nicely. I walked through and took a look at the cafe before ordering. I placed my order and had a seat.
A gentlemen immediately came and placed water and a glass of ice on the table along with silverware.
I decided to order a honey macchiato espresso to drink. The espresso was very smooth with a hint of the honey. A nice espresso.
Magpie’s coffee is an Italian espresso tradition with a combination of “slow bar”, a single cup brewing method. This method is popular in the Portland and Seattle area.
To eat, I chose a Classic Breakfast Board which included cheese, fresh strawberries, bread, jam and an egg. A nice choice for a late breakfast. Everything was fresh and delicious.
One of the things that I loved about Magpie is the menu offered seasonal ingredients that are from local farmers, local dairies and bread artisans. I love when restaurants and businesses offer local support. A big plus in my eyes.
Any items that can’t be found locally will be all-natural.
The style of the cafe was modern mixed with contemporary. Magpie had an upscale feel with a relaxed environment.
When I travel, I always love visiting coffee shops to see what their city or state has to offer. Magpie Cafe will definitely be on my must go to list of places if you are in the Baton Rouge area.
Magpie Cafe Downtown is located at 333 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. The Hours of Operation are Monday – Wednesday 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Thursday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. & Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Antlers Restaurant and Bar is one of the oldest bars in Lafayette, LA. It has existed in the beautiful historic district of downtown Lafayette since 1921. The old Antler’s Billard Pallor was bought in 1940 by Joe Walters and he moved Antlers directly across the street into its current location which was then known as the La Acadianne Lounge.
Antlers has been serving the best authentic Cajun Cuisine for over 6 decades.
Now third generation owner Johnny Walters continues what his grandfather started years ago and recently added a new restaurant concept in Broussard, LA, Antlers Seafood & Steakhouse.
Antler’s Seafood & Steakhouse is a Cajun-Style Restaurant that fuses the mouth-watering taste of the 3rd generation Cajun family recipes with the highest quality cuts of beef and Louisiana seafood dishes. Specialties include their famous authentic Cajun lunches, exciting new appetizers, fried and grilled seafood dishes and steaks with a Cajun flair prepared like no one else.
From the delicious crisp salads to the fried seafood platters. Antlers Seafood & Steakhouse uses the freshest ingredients to create the most memorable dining experience.
A week ago, we had the distinct pleasure of dining at Antler’s Seafood & Steakhouse for lunch. Boy did we not know what a treat we were in for.
Upon driving up to the restaurant, I loved the brick, stucco and wooden exterior. A very classy, upscale look.
The interior was no different. You could see that each piece of the puzzle was chosen with great thought and going for a distinct look. The decor was beautiful, high class, high quality designs without being too flashy.
The restaurant also had some paintings with significance, one being that many of the paintings were hand painted by Johnny’s sister.
We decided to sit in the Lounge area, which gave us some privacy as well as extreme comfort. The chairs were plush and comfortable.
The bartender immediately arrived at our table to take our drink orders.
Once our drink orders were taken, we began looking over the menu. I love my mocktails, so I chose the mocktail version of the Cucumber Collins. The drink had a very interesting flavor combination with the lime juice and the cucumbers as well as the other ingredients but the flavors worked well together. A very refreshing and light drink.
I also tried the Blackberry Cosmo which was fruity with a touch of tanginess and sweetness. Very good.
We started with the Fried Frog Legs. This dish included eight frog legs tossed in the Antler’s New Orleans style oyster breading then fried and served with a drizzle of their sweet chili mint glaze.
A classic, Louisiana dish that had the right balance of spice and flavor. The spice was on point. The frog legs were fried golden brown and beautifully presented. A tasty start to a meal that only got better as it went on.
The Antler’s Fresh Caught Tuna was next on the menu. OMG!!!, this appetizer was so good. From the presentation to the taste, spot on! The dish included a hand cut sesame encrusted 4 oz tuna seared rare and sliced thin.
Topped with fried tabasco onions and serve with a side of ponzo sauce (citrus based sauce) and wasabi on a bed of greens. Superb dish.
My hubby ordered the Lunch special for Thursday, which was the Smothered chicken with corn mouque cheaux and sweet peas over rice and gravy. This dish was like the home cooking you go home to mama for. Well seasoned and a large portion.
Antler’s Daily Plate lunch is offered Monday – Friday and the prices range from $10.95 – $13.95. Very inexpensive for a home cooked meal.
I ordered the Blackened Mahi Mahi. The Mahi Mahi was dusted in Antler’s house blackening seasoning and topped with a lump crab with white wine butter sauce and served with the Antler’s grit cakes and creamed spinach. My goodness!
I have eaten at many restaurants and there are lots of dishes that have become one of my favorites. This is my new favorite. This dish was wonderful. The creaminess of the spinach with the blackened Mahi Mahi with a bite of the grit cake made for the perfect bite of food! I have to say it again a gorgeous plate of food!
We had room for a little dessert, so we had the Creme Brûlée. The dessert was beautiful with bright red cursive writing and with fruit. The Creme Brûlée was a mild vanilla custard served chilled with seasonal berries.
A beautiful dessert. The Creme Brûlée was delicious. The dessert was too pretty to eat. But we tore into it! Superb.
Overall, our experience at Antler’s was top notch! Everything was spot on, the food was delicious.
The Executive Chef Brad Berwick did a fantastic job preparing and delivering each dish with exceptional success.
The atmosphere felt very welcoming, from the time we walked in until we were done with our last bite. They treated us like family and that’s what it felt like. The service was impeccable.
The dishes were prepared with high quality. The staff is so attentive that when you become a repeat customer, they become familiar with what your ordering preferences are.
Antler’s has a nice outdoor space with a television. Perfect for the upcoming spring weather.
In addition to Lunch or Dinner, Antler’s also has a Banquet room for Banquets, Birthday Parties or Special Dinners. So if you are hosting a special event or conference, don’t fret. Let the Antler’s staff help you with your event.
Call 337-451-5944 and ask for Ed Gaspard, he is waiting and willing to help you!
Photo Credit Antler’s Seafood & Steakhouse
Every Tuesday night, Antler’s offers 15% off all Steaks. This year, Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday, why not make plans to dine at Antler’s Seafood & Steakhouse for your romantic night?
Whether you are looking for a fancy night out with your significant other, a girl’s night out or a nice lunch, Antlers is the place to be.
Antlers Seafood & Steakhouse is located at 200 Heritage Parkway in Broussard, LA. If you would like to dine in Lafayette, Antlers Restaurant and Bar is located at 555 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA. 70501
My husband and I recently had a day date at this new restaurant, Half Shell Oyster House. Half Shell Oyster House is a Seafood restaurant with New Orleans Flare serving up Gulf Oysters and a variety of Gulf Coast Seafood. The New Orleans influence is evident in the decor, the menu and the overall feel of the restaurant.
Half Shell Oyster House is a restaurant that offers Southern Hospitality and a unique atmosphere that compliments the food.
As we entered into the restaurant, I loved the overall feel of the restaurant. The look of the restaurant reminded me of the French quarter. The mural on the wall near the bar area was beautifully done. A colorful, clean look that added a nice addition to the decor of the restaurant.
The restaurant had a French Quarter feel with the wrought iron railings, exposed walls and architecture. A very unique setting for your dining experience. There was also a wall with shells and wood. I absolutely loved that look.
Below is a gorgeous wall with wrought iron and antique fixtures and antique wooden doors. A clean and classy look.
A great spot to take a photo with your party.
We started with an appetizer, the Oyster Sampler. The Oyster Sampler included 4 different styles of oysters. The Oyster Bienville, the Charbroiled Oysters, the Oyster Rockefeller and the Oyster Orleans. OMG!!
The oysters were beautifully presented. The Oyster Orleans was my favorite of all 4. The others were really good as well.
The oysters are hand selected gulf oysters that are of the finest quality and are continuously shuck throughout the day.
The Bienville was topped with an herb, mushroom, crab, gulf shrimp, bacon and Italian bread crumb mixture that was baked and finished with parmesan cheese. So good.
I loved the herb, seafood mixture that was on top.
The charbroiled oyster was the Half Shell’s signature oyster that was charbroiled on an open flame with a wine, butter and garlic herb sauce.
The Rockefeller oyster was topped with fresh spinach, cream cheese, herbs, baked and finished with fresh parmesan cheese. Yummy and cheesy.
My fave was the Orleans, which was charbroiled over an open flame and basted with their New Orleans style smoked Cajun sauce. A smoky flavor and Cajun spices. Superb.
The Orleans is Half Shell’s Award winning Oyster.
For our entrees, the hubby ordered the Seafood Pasta. This entree included shrimp and crawfish that was sautéed with portabella mushrooms, shallots, garlic and seasonings tossed in a linguine and creole alfredo. Topped with lump crabmeat. A filling dish that was packed with flavor. A great dish. The lunch portion was the perfect size.
I ordered the Blackened Redfish with the lemon aioli and for my side the cheddar cheese grits. The fish was well seasoned and blackened perfectly. I loved the aioli for the fish. The cheese grits were a great choice with the fish. A light choice for lunch. Really good.
We had a little room left for dessert, so we ordered the Key Lime Pie. Key Lime Pie is my husband’s favorite dessert. He loved this dessert at Half Shell Oyster House. A creamy, smooth pie, superb dessert. Nice presentation as well.
Overall the food was superb, the service was first class. The waitress was very knowledgeable and informative. The atmosphere was similar to NOLA which is a place that I love. A perfect place to dine if you want to unwind from a long day, enjoy a nice sit down lunch or enjoy a fun evening with your spouse or friends.
I am already looking forward to the next time we will go back.
The menu offers something for everyone’s palate. So no worries if you don’t like seafood there are other options to meet your needs. Items like Burgers, Poboys, Seafood, Soup and Salads.
Half Shell Oyster House is located at 109 Old Camp Rd, Suite 114, Lafayette, LA 70508. The Hours of Operation are Sunday – Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm., Friday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. And Sunday Brunch 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Go and check out the newest hot spot. Be sure to tell them that Da’Stylish Foodie sent you.
Ruffino’s On the River
February is often referred to as the love month, Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is one of the days that many restaurants are booked to capacity. Valentine’s is a special day that the men work hard to plan the perfect night for their spouse or girlfriend.
This month, I wanted to showcase one of our favorite Date Night restaurants, which would make the perfect Valentine’s Night out, Ruffino’s on the River. Ruffino’s is an Italian Creole Fusion restaurant serving up some of the best food in Lafayette. Not only is the food delicious, but the service is impeccable. Offering high quality service and great food.
I am a big fan of mocktails, which is a drink that is usually fruity, colorful but without alcohol. Pictured is the Sunrise Mocktail. I order the same drink every time I dine at Ruffino’s. The drink is gorgeous and delicious. Made exactly the same each time. So good.
When my husband & I dined at Ruffino’s on the River; the items we ordered were just too good not to share with my readers. One of the appetizers that we ordered was the Braised Pork Cheeks, the pork cheeks were braised for 48-hours with Benton bacon jam, pork jus and butternut squash. The dish was so good! The pork cheeks were tender and well seasoned.
We also ordered The Seared Tuna; the Yellowfin Tuna was served on a Himalayan salt rock with soy caviar and garnished with micro cilantro. A beautifully presented dish, the Yellowfin Tuna was lightly seared with a good balance of flavors. Each ingredient, complimented each other perfectly.
Our entrée choices were the Fish Katie; the redfish was topped with lump crab, Creole Muniere, hollandaise sauce and mashed potatoes. This dish was incredible. A well seasoned, Creole, Cajun dish.
The Veal Parmesan was one of the favorites of the night. This dish was prepared with Veal medallions that were battered with italian breadcrumbs and fried, topped with marinara, provolone cheese and capellini. So good! An Italian dish with incredible flavor, cheesy goodness and perfectly prepared.
Photo credit Ruffino’s on the River
Overall the food was amazing. The service was top notch. As I stated early, Ruffino’s is a place we absolutely love to dine. Schedule your Valentine’s Day Dinner at Ruffino’s this year. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.