09 August 2009

Feelin' a Lil' Country: Delta Cafe

SPLIT: BBQ Pork Po’ Boy, $11.95+ extra side $4.00 and a giant Coke, $1.50= $17.45 = $8.75 per person

Take a few Tums, throw on your country mix and drive yourself over to SE Woodstock. The Delta Café is where it’s at for good ole’ southern comfort food. I had my first experience last night and my friends and I were in utter awe of everything we put in our mouths.

We walked in and to our surprise the place was dark and loud with over stimulating paintings on the walls, mismatched leather booths and an ambiance of laid back southern Goth. We made reservations and were seated right away—a good thing, because around 7:00 pm on a Friday night, there was a good sized line outside.

Our waitress arrived with long black hair, pulled up into a messy pony tail, her arms covered in vibrant tattoos. She took our drink order and within minutes we were sitting in front of Cokes in Costco sized pickle jars. Delta even has 40oz of PBR on ice for $4.50. We are planning on coming back for a 40 oz night! They have large drink menu with a full bar—and not that I drink bourbon, but it seems they serve a lot of it.

With an extensive menu of fried chicken, chicken fried steak, garlic and cheese grits, jambalaya and gumbo we were perplexed as to what to order. After asking how big the Po’ Boy’s were, our waitress threw up her hands to show us they were practically a foot long! So we decided to go the splitting route, all getting different sides and adding an extra side. This was perfect and could work for any of their meals. The Po’ Boy’s come with one side, but all their steaks, chicken and BBQ come with two, which would be more than enough food to split. Lets take a look at their sides:

Famous Mac-N-Cheese: made with large elbow pasta and an assortment of gooey cheeses.
The flavor was rich and sharp, without being overpowering.

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice with Pork: delicious blend of spicy and smoky, with chunks of pork and sprinkled with cilantro. You may forget about your sandwich these beans are so good.

Corn Bread: dense corn based bread, smothered in softened butter and sticky bee honey.

Mashed Potatoes with Red Eye Chicken Gravy: whipped potatoes, dressed with rosemary chicken gravy.

Tater Tot Casserole: chunks of tater tots, smashed together with egg, cheese, onion and seasoned to perfection. You won’t be able to put your fork down with this side.

Potato Cheese Casserole: similar to the Tater tot casserole, but instead of the crisp of the fried tots, they use red potatoes and the some skins are left to add texture.
This one isn’t as creamy as the Tot Casserole.

For the main attraction: BBQ Pork Po’ Boy. Like I said, the bread alone for this sandwich is almost a foot long—then its topped with a heaping pile of tender BBQ pork slices, which is slathered with either sweet or spicy sauce. Our waitress suggested we mix the two—brilliant combination. You can either get the Po’ Boy Original or Dressed. Original is topped with lettuce, tomatoes and Cajun mayo. Dressed is topped with coleslaw and remoulade (a cocktail sauce for BBQ).

We came to a consensus that our favorite sides were the rice and beans and tater tot casserole. FYI, this joint takes Cash or check only, but they do have an ATM inside and there’s a US Bank directly behind them.

Next to try: Better Than Mom’s Fried Chicken and Jambalaya.
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