Cajun Crab House: I’ll be happy to be proven wrong but my first reaction is “Hoo-boy, don’t blink or you might miss this place being in business.” So weird. It’s set up like a fast food restaurant but there are three lines, including a “fresh seafood” line. Stand over here to buy your fried seafood platter; over here for this nice shrimp on ice. It’s like going into Taco Bell and facing the decision to order a Crunchmelt Supreme or some raw meat to cook at home. Really strange. I was also served sides of corn, potato and sausage despite asking for sausage only. And I didn’t ask for it to-go but that’s how it came out.
La Torilleria El Patron: Quite simply the best tortillas – flour or corn – that you’ll find in town (in this case, up on Vandiver). The prepared meats and salsas to go are a great bet as well and they’ve added a dine-in space. Hours are suspect and seem highly variable – I’ve stopped by at least four times to find them closed. Call ahead and you’ll be in good shape.
Mi Mexicana: I haven’t actually hit this place – where Country Kitchen was for years – yet but people I trust have said it’s among the best in town. Interested in some other early takes.
Barnyard Smokehouse (Fulton): As one of the first customers of the day I was clearly served yesterday’s leftover brisket, which resembled nothing so much as dry chipped beef. Immediate red card. A fellow diner reported dry, overcooked pork tenderloin. The cavernous interior offers meats and other products from the attached smokehouse. Perhaps, like the crab house, a better take-and-cook option than dine-in.