I first recall hearing about Creole Envie, from a fellow food blogger. At the time, it was a cater-only business, but I decided to chance ordering and wow, the food that was delivered right on my doorstep did not disappoint my taste buds. Shortly after her catering business began to bloom, she moved to a brick-and-mortar location on Stony Plain Road for several months. Since then, Creole Envie has nestled into a location formerly known as Highlands Kitchen, right next to La Boheme.
Now, let me tell you all about Southern Comfort…
No, not the whiskey.
I’m talking about the restaurant, Creole Envie.
Danielle, the brains behind Creole Envie, hails from New Orleans and possesses a Red Seal in the culinary arts. With several years of cooking experience under her belt, it is no surprise that Creole Envie has become quite a popular spot. The location itself is very welcoming and what one would define as “cozy”.
The water is served in wine glasses, which is a really cute twist to the ol’ pitcher of water!
All ingredients are sourced locally, with the exception of alligator, catfish and crawfish (as these are flown in from Louisiana). In addition, there are several vegetarian and gluten-free options that can be found on the menu.
Sweet tea would be one of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks and a jug of it ceases to be full in my presence, especially in the summer heat. However, if you don’t want a whole jug, you can order it as an individual drink.
I have never had fried green tomatoes before Creole Envie, but I have heard about the dish from the novel. The fried green tomatoes were lightly breaded and fried to perfection, with a center nicely cooked. They also come with a side of delicious Creole aioli sauce, made in-house, for dipping (or drizzled over top).
However, if you aren’t a huge fan of tomatoes, I would recommend trying the fried pickles instead. As well, they are breaded and come with the same aioli sauce.
The roasted okra is one of the newest additions to the menu for 2013. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I tried it, but I was pleasantly surprised! I find that most people either love or hate okra, as it normally has a “slimy” texture. However, these had a nice crunch to them and I would definitely consider them to be a nice, healthier alternative to fries.
Po’boys are a classic submarine type of sandwich with origins from Louisiana. This is the pulled pork one served on a French baguette with Roma tomatoes, pickles and lettuce in it. This would be a perfect dish if you are not in the mood for a dinner entree.
…But if you are in the mood for a dinner entree, the alligator and andouille étouffée entree is worth checking out. The tomato sauce was tangy and rich with a creamy texture and it had large chunks of alligator and andouille mixed in it with vegetables. It is usually served on jasmine rice, but I opted for it with cheddar grits instead.
On Thursdays, you can find chicken and waffles as their feature menu item. I believe that this would be Edmonton’s best place to go to for chicken and waffles out of all the places I have tried (and believe me, I have tried several). Not only is the portion size great, but the chicken had a crispy exterior and was melt-in-your-mouth tender on the inside. Drool.
Last, but not least, beignets are a famous type of Louisiana doughnut. Words can’t describe how scrumptious these were. I’m not normally someone with a huge sweet tooth, but I really couldn’t stop eating these! Accompanied by candied pecans and drizzled in caramel sauce, this is surely not a dessert to miss, sweet tooth or not.
My rebeccamendation: Danielle’s authentic take on Southern cooking has brought back many repeat customers, with me being one of them. In a nutshell, prices are reasonable and quality is top notch. It is highly recommended to make reservations on a weekend, else one risks long wait times or possibly even being turned away due to high traffic. If you’re craving for a taste of New Orleans but can’t afford a plane ticket, Creole Envie will fit the bill perfectly.