It’s no secret around these parts that B and I have a massive love affair with New Orleans. We dream about moving there, we fantasize about our next vacation there, and we are always trying to recreate anything that reminds us of that magical place. So when Rougaroux opened in Forest Park, we were pretty much in heaven.
You are first greeted by a sweet light pink home, welcoming balcony and a few options for outdoor seating. They have converted a beautiful old home into a New Orleans away from New Orleans. Everything about the place says we might as well be on Magazine Street.
You are greeted by amazing people at the counter, where you order. You look around and see all sorts of tidbits reminisce of New Orleans culture: daiquiri machines, the Defend New Orleans flag, Saints memorabilia, and jazz posters everywhere.
We decided on a crawfish boudin link, and half a po-boy each. I went traditional with the fried shrimp completely dressed (lettuce, tomato, red onions, Duke’s mayonnaise, dill pickles and Crystal’s hot sauce), while B went with the Pork Cheek Cochon de Lait. He had already been there once before and tried the Oysters Rockefeller one, which he said was fantastic. We also ordered a few of the frozen cocktails – a frozen Jack & Coke for B, and a Rougaroux Blood for me, topped with strawberry nerds for Halloween.
Everything at this place was incredible, right down to the authentic Leidenheimer bread. It took everything in us to leave our food heaven. I cannot wait to go back to this place and try everything. If you’re in the Birmingham area and are craving a true taste of New Orleans, head here asap.
(find them at 817 39th street south in Birmingham)