Nola Po’ Boy and Gumbo Kitchen (Concord, CA)

Date Night: 07.13.13 @ 7:30 PM

* Pre-Drive In Movie Dinner (Despicable Me 2)

Nola Po’ Boy and Gumbo Kitchen is off the beaten path and a humble little place located in a decrepit strip mall in Concord.

Upon walking in, you will be transported into one of the local restaurants in New Orleans with the Madri Gras beads, masks and New Orlean Saints memorabilia on the walls.

Nola Kitchen also serves authentic down home Southern cuisine. (I should know. Not only I’ve done a foodie trip in New Orleans before Katrina but I was also fortunate enough to be able to eat authentic home cooked Southern food for years.)

It is now becoming a tradition for me and my guy to make a meal stop here before going to the drive in theatre in Concord. We were so “wowed” by our experience last year that we went back again yesterday. As much as we liked our dinner this second time around, it fell a tad short.

Just like last year my guy ordered the CARNIVAL TIME LOUISIANA $16.95
It was a plate of 4 BBQ Ribs and 2 sides. He chose the mac&cheese and potato salad as his sides once again. Last year what he got was 4 gigantic thick meaty ribs the size of a kid’s arm. Yesterday what was put in front of him was a plate of heavily smothered ribs that were smaller.  The ribs were  still tender and good but the heavy barbecue sauce took away from the flavors of the meat.

On the other hand, my Crab, Sausage and Chicken Gumbo $14.95 was very flavorful and as good as I remembered when it was cooked by a friend’s mom who was originally from Louisiana. I ordered a side of Collard Greens $2.95 and it was very flavorful.

The corn bread $1.95 was unfortunately dry when last year it was so heavenly that it tasted like it was made with a pound of butter and sugar.

Despite our less than phenomenal dinner yesterday prior to seeing “Despicable Me 2” at the drive in, we still enjoyed our meal and we will definitely return again. The friendly owner even remembered us from last year!

Tab: $43 before tip including 1 Sweet Tea

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