When thinking about a brunch spot to launch a stag do in Tallahassee, FL, you’d probably guess strip club or perhaps an iHop. But luckily for me, the best man opted to class it up a bit with Angelette’s Cajun Kitchen. To be honest, I was a bit surprised to see a Cajun restaurant in the middle of a strip mall here, but as they say, looks can be deceiving.
We were greeted by a very friendly lady who quickly seated us and offered up some menus. ACK stays true to its assumed roots, with a menu stocked full of the classic New Orleans dishes. We started off with the traditional beignets which were almost as good as the ones I had down in Nawlins last summer. Each order gives you three beignets, each piping hot and delightfully fluffy and absolutely smothered in powdered sugar. I think after eating 1.5 of them, I had a sugar buzz that blasted through my hangover and had me wired.
For mains, I couldn’t help but select the shrimp and cheesy grits covered in a hot sauce/chilli oil combo. Healthy? Not a chance. But very tasty with perfectly cooked giant shrimp and smooth, creamy, and impossibly cheesy grits. The heat from the hot sauce was a great counterpoint that helped cut through the richness and, despite the massive size, I demolished the plate in now time. Some of the other guys got a speciality Po Boy that might have given me food envy if I wasn’t so stuffed. I struggle to remember what was in it but I do recall a crab salad and some batter fried shrimp as well served on a soft roll.
Coffee comes in bottomless mugs (not literally, but they refill it as fast as you drink it!) and they also have some fresh pressed juices to refresh you from the night’s activities. Overall, an excellent place to start the day and one I’d recommend to anyone who finds themselves in Tallahassee for any reason.