As the street crew sweeps up Soulard from Saturday's festivities and the last float makes its way down Washington Avenue tonight, St. Louis prepares to bid farewell to another Mardi Gras. This year, though, the Dixieland plays on at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House (512 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-3644). This new addition to the Central West dining scene brings the New Orleans spirit to town with classic Creole and Cajun cooking.
This is not Don Bailey's first foray into New Orleans-influenced dining. The Evangeline's owner is also the proprietor of EurOrleans Bistro in Millstadt, Illinois, and, as Bailey told Gut Check last October, was encouraged to open a St. Louis version of the restaurant by friends and Central West End developers Nicki and Jim Dwyer.
This week, I visit Evangeline's to see how Bailey's Cajun vision translates to this side of the river. Here is a sneak preview of my thoughts -- the full review will be online tomorrow and in this week's issue.More »