Thursday, November 06, 2008
The Chill Out Cafe is on Maple Street, Tulane's mildly to moderately infamous college Avenue of Sin. It's not really quite that bad but it is a street with a startlingly high proportion of emptied Mad Dog 20/20 and Olde English malt liquor cans to rowdy frat boys take of that what you will. There are also many bars with very lax carding policies, meaning you are 100 percent guranteed to encounter piss drunk freshmen any given night of the week. Again, you may not actually want this to occur.
The cafe has a slightly bizarre menu of "Asian fusion" cuisine and breakfast specialities, served all day. This means you can get pad thai with a side of bacon, which really DOES strike me as killer fusion cuisine. There's standard Thai stir-fries, lots of noodle dishes, Chinese dim sum bites, spring rolls, and a good mishmash of other specialities - along with waffles, omlettes, and Thai iced tea, of course. I can dig it.
I decided to go with one of my usual favorite, a Thai seafood salad. The dish came out quickly enough and was pretty tasty: a good chili lime flavor and lots of interesting sea creatures to mull over. My only complaint is small portion size: for ten bucks, I want some more seafood, dammit. (And this IS a college-centric street, and what are we college students known for if not inhaling giant amounts of calories on a regular basis. While drinking malt liquor.)
I'll be back to try some more dishes in the near future. I'm always big on supporting adorable Asian restaurants with weird concepts, especially if the food is good.
Posted by Faine at 8:22 PM