Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Zydeco's: A Touch of Louisiana in Small Town Indiana


**Disclosure: We did receive a complimentary meal in order to facilitate this review. Thank you to the Hendricks County Visitors Bureau for sponsoring our trip to Hendricks and Morgan Counties. No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

While planning our trip to Hendricks and Morgan Counties in Indiana, we certainly did not expect to find a splash of Cajun spice never mind a restaurant with a fully Cajun menu. Much to our surprise {and to the joy of our tastebuds}, we found great Cajun cooking inside of a charming, ivy-covered brick building in downtown Mooresville. The flavor and spirit of New Orleans is magically threaded throughout the restaurant and the food is the real deal, allowing patrons to truly experience a bit of Mardi Gras!



Zydeco's is truly a fun a restaurant with a warm atmosphere and jovial staff. However, the most fun for us was exploring the menu and experiencing something that we do not experience on a typical day. One of the owners and chef, Carter Hutchinson, is originally from New Orleans so we knew that we were is for a treat!


After perusing the menu, my husband could not settle on Jambalaya or Gumbo. Lucky for him, Zydeco's has Half and Half which is BOTH Jambalaya and Gumbo! We both thought that the menu option was pretty ingenuitive and gives diners the best of both worlds! The two melded together really well and the dirty rice was to die for.


I started my meal with BBQ Shrimps Bouette which included tasso with the shrimp. I loved the shrimp--they had a nice kick but not too much. I was surprised that I enjoyed the tasso which is a peppery smoked pork. While I do love spice, I am not normally a pork fan. But the tasso was very tender and enjoyable!


Wanting to sample more of the menu, I also ordered the blackened catfish and the dirty rice. While the catfish was good, the rice really stole the show for me. I could have eaten a whole plateful and would have gladly ignored the generous uptick in my caloric intake for the day! After all, what happens in New Orleans, stays in New Orleans right?


Zydeco's also has a kids menu. While kids can enjoy typical kids fare, they can also enjoy a slice of New Orleans themselves. Catfish and alligator are some of the items on the kids menu with Cajun flare. My daughter, of course, stayed true to her normal meal choices and had a hot dog. She did, however, enjoy some of my BBQ shrimp.


Zydeco's is such a fun place and a great place for a little family culinary adventure! Maque Choux, Gator on a Stick, Crawfish Étouffée, Poboys and more will transport you away from the Midwest for a little bit. Zydeco's even has a crawfish boil in the spring for some more Louisiana dazzle. {The crawfish boil is for a short time, so you will want to keep up with Zydeco's to make sure you don't miss it!} We have found another treasure worth taking a trip to small town Indiana!

**Oh, and if you think you have heard of Zydeco's before--Guy Fieri made a visit for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives!

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