Because of their generous side dish policy (as in, you can have as many side dishes as you want with your main course for FREE!), Ben and I got to taste a bit of everything. My little bowl of red beans and rice was probably my favorite dish, with just the right amount of richness in the mildly spiced beans. I got the plain etouffee for my main dish - it was good, mild and made with a light roux, but super-duper rich. I'll keep that in side-dish territory for the future. Ben's roast pork po' boy was a sight, dripping with their creamy "Vouxdoux" sauce and packed with fresh cole slaw. They offer a grilled onion po' boy and that will definitely be my pick on my next visit. We also got some cornbread, which was excellent for dunking into the beans and the etouffee, and the nutmeg-rich bread pudding custard. I adore nutmeg, so Papa Roux's rich, eggy concoction met every bread pudding desire I didn't know I had. In addition to those free sides (apple sauce, french bread, creole and coleslaw are other options), you can get free iced tea - sweet or not-sweet. They also have Zapp's N'awlins chips, a rare experience in Indiana. I nabbed more that a few of Ben's dill variety.
Unfortunately, it was all so good that I didn't take pictures
until we were already done eating. Bad blogger.
The atmosphere at Papa Roux pairs perfectly with the dishes. From the front counter to the food runners, all the staff are friendly, helpful and excited about their food. The walls are decorated with customer graffiti, a fun distraction to explore while waiting for the food to arrive. The workaday dishes and paper-wrapped po' boys provide a relaxed, approachable presentation for the food. On each table - most are large, as was ours, so we ended up sharing with three other folks - a paper napkin dispenser and jumbo Louisiana hot sauce bottle will take care of your basic necessities. The location just west of Post on 10th street, easily identified by the matter of fact and bold building sign, may be a bit of a drive for non-East-siders, but it is so worth it.
Ben and I keep talking about it; my cravings for those red beans and rice are at a fever-pitch. Allegedly, he'll be going there for lunch today. I'm completely jealous.