Our “UnValentine’s Day” Date

Since hubby and I both dislike fighting crowds and trying to converse in noisy restaurants, we try to find creative ways to celebrate holidays while still enjoying the experience of dining out. For New Year’s Eve, we generally have a semi-fancy meal for lunch or even brunch, then go home before everyone else hits the streets. For Valentine’s Day, we often do the same if it falls on a weekend; or eat at a non-romantic restaurant (such as hibachi or pizza) or have something special at home. This year, with Valentine’s and Ash Wednesday occurring on the same day, we just ate at home after church, waiting to go out until the day after to a nice local Creole restaurant near the famous Chattanooga Choo-Choo.

Blue Orleans has been in town for well over a decade, and we visited them at their original location for my birthday the year they opened. This was the perfect opportunity to try the newer location, since it’s very close to my office. They were not crowded at all, so I could take lots of photos of the decor and ask the server questions about all the crawfish dishes. I settled on the Spicy Crawfish Pasta (since I had the Crawfish Etouffee the last time); and hubby got the Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Sausage. We also split an appetizer of Crawfish Fritters, and for dessert we had the Beignets. Everything was delicious, the service was amazing, and the atmosphere was quiet but warm and cozy. Two Soup Diva thumbs way up!

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