Illinois-based restaurateur Don Bailey recently opened Evangeline's Bistro and Music House in the Central West End. Bailey has transformed the former Coco Louco Brasil into an elegant space, free of New Orleans kitsch. He specializes in Cajun and Creole dishes -- those are the stars of his his Millstadt, Illinois, eatery, EurOrleans Bistro. Among the dishes reviewed are "Crawfish Carolyn," the Tabasco shrimp, blue-crab etouffee, red beans and rice -- prepared from Louis Armstrong's own recipe, no less -- and andouille muffuletta.
Evangeline's Bistro & Music House comes from the mind of a musician. Don Bailey, who got his start in the food business while running a concert venue named Three-1-Three in Belleville, Illinois, brings his latest venture to the Central West End. There, he'll present Southern-style dishes alongside live blues, jazz and singer-songwriters. Eats include appetizers like the "Crawfish Carolyn" made with Louisiana crawfish tails, Brandy cream sauce and Parmesan cheese. For a more filling meal, supplement that with entree options including gumbo, red beans and rice, chicken and sausage jambalaya, Louisiana shrimp creole and etouffee. A drink menu features wine by the glass or bottle, several beer options, classic cocktails and Champagne cocktails to drink the night away the New Orleans way.