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Subject: Brigtsen’s Restaurant; Awesome Cajun-Creole food with a Down Home Feel but a 5-star setting you will LOVE!

Hey Vinnie:

Glad to hear you are finally coming down to visit. I ran across this awesome restaurant and you know me, I love great food. Being a classically trained chef myself, I must say Chef Frank does it right.

When you walk in to this Carroliton cottage restaurant you will be amazed at its ambiance. As you walk up to the door it makes you feel like you are walking into a friend’s home. This converted cottage boost a home quality feel that puts you at ease. Being a converted house each room has its own intimate feel. Chef Frank’s easy outgoing personality welcomes you with friendly servers in a quaint but defiantly 5-star setting. You will be so relaxed and comfortable you will feel like you are at home with your feet up. Of course, you want to make sure you are not wearing flip flops and shorts and not putting your feet on the table. It is an up scaled restaurant so will want to wear casual dress clothing. The difference from being at home and being here is that every time a server describes in detail the dishes or walks by bringing food to other tables your senses will be engulfed by the visions and aromas of all the herbs and spices that Chef Frank uses to create his masterful works of culinary delights.

I figured we could start out with Chef Frank’s Mustard & Cornmeal Fried des Allemandes Catfish with Tomato, Red Onion & Stone Ground Jalapeno Tartar Sauce. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The crunch when you bite into that delicious catfish with some of that spicy tartar sauce will make you wonder why it took you so long to come and visit. Don’t worry it is not to spicy. Oh yea, you will want to bring your teeth with you so you can really enjoy this appetizer.

Next, I think, I will go for the Roasted Duck with Dirty Rice, Tart Dried Cherry Sauce and Pink-Eyed Peas. The skin of the duck is so favorable that you could roll it up and smoke per the servers. They are right, it is downright delicious. Of course, you can have the Veal or Lamb Shank. If you want fish you can go for the perfectly Blackened Yellowfin Tuna with Smoked Corn Sauce, Red Bean Salsa and Roasted Red Pepper Sour Cream. It is just to die for. Chef Frank knows how to properly blacken his culinary creations to bring out the proper flavors. I am extremely picky about my blackened food and I must say I will eat Chef Frank’s any day. You will literally feel as if you have gone to culinary heaven. What is great about the seafood here is that we are right here on the gulf and you can pick your choice of the fresh catches of the day.

For dessert, I am going to be pulled between the Double Chocolate Cake with the white and chocolate sauce on the plate. It is dressed out for the red carpet. Or maybe the super delicious Strawberry Shortcake with fresh whipped cream. Man, my mouth is watering just thinking about the flavors. I must say the desserts will make you dream of moving here. I know how much you enjoyed Oscar’s Tres Leches Cake and they have one that will revival his; with Strawberries to top it off. The Tres Leches is so moist just the sight of it will make you drool. With the addition of those fresh berries just make it over the top.

You can check out their rating on Zagat       FOOD 27 DECOR 23 SERVICE 27

The “incredibly talented” chef, Frank Brigtsen’s, is a “wizard with seafood”, putting a “wonderful” “spin” on Cajun-Creole “favorites” at his “tucked-away” Carrollton cottage where the prices are “reasonable” for such “reliably” “delightful” dinners; the small, “quaint” rooms have a “warm, comfortable” feel and the staff is “so friendly you may feel like you’re at home”, so some may need reminding that it’s “not proper etiquette to lick your plate clean” here.

It also appears in the best of the best in the best restaurant classification and best of the best in service classification, too. It has also been classified as New Orleans’ Best Cajun-Creole Eats!

Gene Bourg, writing as restaurant critic for The Times-Picayune, described Brigtsen’s Restaurant’s interpretation of Creole/Acadian food as a “reaffirmation that Louisiana cooking is America’s most durable and satisfying. Brigtsen’s is now the place against which all other restaurants serving South Louisiana cuisine have to be measured.”

Here are some reviews from hundreds of 5 star ratings.

“Best meal I have ever had”

This restaurant is incredible. Everything we had was different and prepared to perfection. The butternut crab bisque was creamy and delicious. The bbq shrimp had a delicious thick bbq sauce. The creole tomato salad had the sweetest tomato I have tasted. We also had the seafood sampler that had many different fish and shellfish all prepared wonderfully by the excellent…More  

 Thank Flagtom

“Must Go Back”

First time eating here and loved the suggestion!!! My favorite was appetizers and Desserts!! I had 2 of each plus an entrée!! It’s a restaurant inside an old home, very nice but different. Liz was a great Waitress!! can’t wait to return, it’s a must!!!

 Thank SLM1973

“perfect from start to finish”

Service, food and atmosphere were amazing. We decided at the last minute to have dinner here, the weather was so so so hot and we had to walk there, totally worth it despite the heat. From the first bite to the last were delicious, I had scallops and grits appetizer, veal parm, and the lemon crème brulee for dessert. It… More  

 Thank Smalltowngirl33


This might be my favorite restaurant in the world. Frank Brigtsen’s works Magic in the kitchen. Setting in old shotgun house is inviting. Service is attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. But the food is the reason to go. Do yourself a favor.

 Thank William L

Since you are coming in Wednesday afternoon I figured I would make reservations for 8:00 PM and we can go over your itinerary of what you have planned and see what we can get done.

Let me know what you think by tomorrow so I can make sure we get our reservations for that day.

Talk soon my friend,

Keith Denman

P.S.  Hey, I will not even argue about letting you pick up the check. HEHE! Don’t worry my friend I have it covered. You are going to love this place. I promise you, you will not regret meeting me for dinner.