Just another lame (and futile) attempt in Colorado at mixing several Louisiana culinary cultures that seem completely misunderstood outside of the New Orleans metro area, in Acadiana centered around Lafayette, or in North Louisiana above Alexandria. Whenever you read of a Colorado restaurant specializing in "New Orleans Cajun Cuisine," you do not have to even leave home, much less waste money on a meal that will be unsatisfactory. This is because some ignorant (or fraudulent) proprietor is attempting to mix two or more completely unrelated culinary cultures that seldom come together, even in Louisiana. The difference is that New Orleans cuisine is not Cajun, and is instead more French, Creole, or even Italian in nature. Some of the crap found at "Nawlins," (a stupid phonetic way that local Louisianaians pronounce New Orleans) would never be found in any Orleans or Jefferson Parish restaurant. Conversely, such New Orleans specialties as the Muffuletta (Italian), beignets, and some forms of rice beans and rice would be rare or nonexistent in Acadiana, which is Cajun Country in Southwest Louisiana west of the Mississippi River and mostly south of Opelousas. Other "Cajun specialities" offered at "Nawlins" are nether Cajun nor Creole; rather, they are derived from the Black soul food tradition, which is indigenious to North Louisiana and other Southern states.
It completely baffles me why local proprietors do not adhere to three basic rules: select one Louisiana culinary culture, keep the menu short and simple, and be absolutely obsessive about authentic preparation and flavor as it is produced in Louisiana.
As it now stands, Nawlins will never survive the Colorado Springs "five year rule;" namely, the place will be out of business in 60 months or less.
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