New Orleans in a strip mall? Well lets take a look see. Sandwiched between a Publix Grocery Store and a Tae Kwon Do School is a tiny store front that says Tibbys New Orleans Kitchen. There are a couple of tables outside and wa la, check out de interior.
The most energized and happy greeter opens the door. Hello, is she on Chicory coffee? Great welcome. Nothing says you are here like a happy inviting welcome. Did I just see the happy dance? After skipping with the greeter, there are long waiting benches and a thunder full of eclectic art forms all around the dining room. New Orleans Saints football team would be really proud to walk in here, their colors are all over the place. After all, they did win the Superbowl. There is a genuine feel of New Orleans all around. Imagine this feeling stretches to the restrooms. Ever went to a restroom in New Orleans French Quarter? One would meander down an alley way behind a restaurant or bar, like here through a door. Down another passage way, through another door, whispering spirits following. Into a little room, oh there it is. Hurry up zombies are looking or are they calling to continue drinking. With the dead one can never tell.
BBQ SHRIMP New Orleans style BBQ Shrimp! 12 large shrimp sautéed in butter, beer & spices
& served with a loaf of French bread. Tender succulent shrimps nicely seasoned, mild flavors. JAMBALAYA, CRAWFISH Pie, FILE GUMBO Sautéed crawfish & fresh vegetables loaded in a pastry shell & fried. Came with one pie, Andouille Sausage Jambalaya & a cup of Chicken & Andouille File Gumbo. All the flavors and textures were there. Pie was very flaky. FRIED OYSTER PO-BOY came with New Orleans Blue Plate Mayo, lettuce, tomato & pickles. Crunchy oyster perfectly cooked, was amazing. ANDOUILLE & CHEDDAR GRITS was creamy and gooey with just enough sausage to have a piece in every spoonful. BEIGNETS the official State Doughnut of Louisiana! Deep-fried & loaded with powdered sugar. Single Serving (three per order) was crisp on the outside, but the inside was oily. Abita Restoration Pale Ale was a great pairing. Overall, the flavors, textures, and temperature were all there in these items. However, the flavors were turned down a notch. This being a chain, it is understandable to cater to a wide spectrum of palates.
Service at this chain restaurant is above average. All too often the chains have this rigid rule of a spiel and set rules and order of service. With all the upselling and suggestive selling and the high pressure sales techniques that transforms the restaurant to a used car sales lot. Not here. Very nice pleasant easy approachable service. Everyone is cordial and accommodating, almost playful in genuine hospitable way. Must be the Chicory coffee. One of the better interpretation and execution, in Orlando, of News Orleans food, funk, and soul.
Laissez les bon temps rouler (lay-zay lay bon ton rule-ay ) Let the good times roll!