Salmon Dave’s Taste of N’awlins Celebration is going on right now

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At Salmon Dave’s the star of the show is the Taste of N’awlins Feast (left), a steaming platter of delicious favorites including Voodoo Salmon, Bourbon Street Shrimp, and a Cajun Filet Mignon, served with Confetti Rice and a Fried Green Tomato. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Patricia Nugent

Freshly imported fare and flair from down on the Bayou, Bourbon Street cocktails, jumpin’ jazz music and beads, beads, beads have just made their way to Salmon Dave’s Taste of N’awlins Celebration, now through Sunday, March 31.

“It’s absolutely amazing how popular this party has been for the past 20 years,” says General Manager, Eric Kennedy. “We’ve honed our authentic dishes with every last detail carried out as they do in the French Quarter.”

As they say in the Big Easy, it’s time to “laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll).

Executive Chef Mario Brown and sous chef JoEl Mateo have combined talents to orchestrate a delectable array of Creole faves, such as Cornmeal Crusted Organic Catfish with Crawfish Jambalaya and Sauce Remoulade.

“Cajun cuisine is all about rustic food made from simple, fresh ingredients and a complex balance of spices and aromatics—a natural match for the organic catfish,” Chef Mario states.

In no dish is that complexity more evident than Gumbo Ya Ya. Famous in the heart of the Bayou, this tantalizing stew is named after the creole term for “everyone talking at once.” It includes an eclectic blend of andouille sausage, chicken, okra and the “Holy Trinity” of onions, celery and bell peppers.

One of the most requested features on the menu are the Fried Green Tomatoes.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Salmon Dave’s also features the ever popular Hellfire Shrimp Salad with Creole dusted Shrimp and candied pecans over local mixed greens tossed in a creamy buttermilk dressing.

Hellfire Shrimp Salad


Salmon Dave’s Award-Winning Lobster Bisque is also available.

The star of the show is the Taste of N’awlins Feast, which is a steaming platter of Voodoo Salmon, Bourbon Street Shrimp, and a Cajun Filet Mignon, served with Confetti Rice and a crispy Fried Green Tomato. Priced at $36.95 during the week, Sunday features the feast at only $26.95.

Eric loves the intensity he sees from the kitchen in this promotion.

“We recently changed some hours to put more focus on our happy hour and dinner service and Chef Mario and his team have responded by putting out the best menu Salmon Dave’s has had to date. We are creating some truly great cuisine,” states Eric.

Cocktail hour is just as on point as lunch and dinner. Authentic Hurricane Cocktails are served in traditional glasses and draped with beads. Rocky River’s favorite eatery is, of course, serving New Orleans’ official drink—the Sazerac. Flavored with rye whiskey, absinthe, and bitters, every sip is a trip back in time.

Davey “Gravy” Kasper and his cool jazz band will perform each Sunday through March 31 as well as the legendary Fat Tuesday Party. Fat Tuesday is on March 5 and Salmon Dave’s remains the favorite party location for greater Clevelanders looking live it up the day before Lent.

Consistently voted a top seafood restaurant in Cleveland, Salmon Dave’s opened in 1993 in the heart of the historic Old River district. It is the second of nine award-winning establishments operated by Hospitality Restaurants, joining the Cabin Club in Westlake, Blue Point Grill in the Historic Warehouse District, Thirsty Parrot in the Gateway District, Delmonico’s Steakhouse in Independence and Kingfish Seafood in Montrose. The popular Rosewood Grill operates in Hudson, Strongsville and Westlake.

Salmon Dave’s is located at 19015 Old Lake Road in Rocky River. For more information, call 440-331-2739 or visit SalmonDaves.com. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Categories: Westside Food & Dining