Farm, field, stream, lake and river-to-table cuisine is what's on every stoneware plate at Sac-a-lait, the wonderful restaurant from Cody and Samantha Carroll in the Warehouse District. The couple,... Read More
Farm, field, stream, lake and river-to-table cuisine is what's on every stoneware plate at Sac-a-lait, the wonderful restaurant from Cody and Samantha Carroll in the Warehouse District. The couple, who also have Hot Tails in New Roads, one of the most talked about restaurants in the state, redid an old cotton mill to create a stunning 90 seat space with charm to spare. The restaurant is a family affair, run by a longtime crew including talented chef de cuisine Brad Andries. The sweeping industrial space is accented with reclaimed cedar and bead board and adorned with driftwood from a river where the couple like to fish. Sportsman's Paradise isn't just something on a license plate to this team - the Carrolls passionately fish and hunt and Cody grew up on a farm in Batchelor, Louisiana. Formerly a Sun Ray Grill (and you can still park in the lot across the street under the Sun Ray sign) Sac-a-lait is the Louisiana name for the white crappie, a humble fish prized for its meaty goodness. The menu, divided into farm, river, gulf and hunt, values every bit of critters finny and furred, including pork temple in a dish called Noggin and Noodle and tender venison sweetbreads pair with pearls of Gulf bluefin tuna tartare. One showstopping dish is the smoked cobia, swirling with cold smoke and served with mayhaw jelly and creme fraiche. There's a gorgeous slate-blackened redfish, served with brilliant dots of pea puree. Confit of turkey neck elevates the homey dish to ethereal heights, paired with sousvide savoy cabbage and a bath of cane agrodolce. Desserts are equally spectacular, notably a Steen's cane syrup cake served with brown butter ice cream. A stellar beverage program includes a fine seasonal list of craft cocktails, an interesting line up of local beer and an intriguing wine list. Look for an ongoing list of special dinners, like the Beer and Deer featuring six courses of venison dishes paired with Urban South brews for $69 Dec. 1.