Exceptional food, innovative craft cocktails, and a cool vibe is what you’ll find at Sac-a-Lait. This charming restaurant, housed in a renovated cotton mill built in 1882, is tucked into a hidden corner of the Warehouse District. The entrance might be a bit tricky to find, but it’s well worth the search.
Inside, you find high ceilings, white-washed brick walls, spare wooden furniture, and a bar composed of oyster shells. But it’s the food that really gets your attention. From the first bite of Deviled Crab or any of the other varied appetizers to the last bite of Ooey Gooey Cake, Sac-a-Lait is a delicious experience.
It’s the kind of place where small plates rule. This is wonderful, because it offers your party the chance to taste and share as much of the Cajun/Creole cuisine as they want. Sac-a-Lait (which is Cajun French for trout) uses locally sourced ingredients that vary seasonally. Their dishes are divided into three categories—Hunt, Farm, and Fish—and the menu is changed daily to take advantage of the freshest products available.
Our server, Maurice, guided us to the perfect taste experience. His suggestions were spot-on, and we walked out full and happy.
Besides the Deviled Crab, we sampled softshell crab, the Slate Blackened Redfish, the Boudin Canard, as well as the Crawfish Tourtiere (a kind of a crawfish potpie that has to be tasted to be believed). As if this wasn’t enough, friends from another table brought over some of the many other dishes for us to try. All in all, there was nothing we didn’t love.
We didn’t need dessert, but what the heck, it’s New Orleans, so we ended our meal with Ooey Gooey Cake and a Tres Leches ice cream creation. Licking the plates wouldn’t have been out of order.
And the cocktails are amazing as well. The Seasonal 75 was one of our favorites. Like the dishes, many of the cocktails change according to season, but they are always handcrafted, tasty, and have fun and creative names such as “Gettin’ Figgy Wit It” and “Celery Clinton.”
New Orleans has a lot of great restaurants, but for food, atmosphere, and reasonable prices, chef/owners Cody and Sam Carroll have created a place that can’t be topped.
Sac-a-Lait is located at 1051 Annunciation Street, (504) 324-3658, sac-a-laitrestaurant.com. Open Tuesday thru Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Photos by Kathy Bradshaw.