Mardi Gras Week is in full swing here at Two For A Chew, and today we decided to get a taste of The Big Easy, right here in Columbus, GA! I’ve heard a thing or two about Thibodeaux’s, so today for lunch, my coworker & I decided to ease on down to get our grub on Cajun-style!
Thibodeaux’s is literally a mom-and-pops restaurant. In fact, Mr. Thibodeaux himself was at the counter taking orders, and we suspected (but can’t be sure) that it was his son that brought out our orders. With a name like Thibodeaux, I was pretty sure that the family must actually be from Louisiana, but I asked anyway, and Mr. Thibodeaux confirmed that he is from Lafayette, LA. It was then that I knew our meals would be the real-deal authentic experience.
The decor takes on a Louisiana nautical theme: red walls draped with fishermen’s net, Louisiana license plates, and a mock lobster that seemed to be climbing its way up the wall to escape our hungry eyes. My favorite part of the decor was a wall of silly and funny expressions written on signs and licence plates. This kept me somewhat occupied for a while, as we waited for the food to come.
When I reviewed the menu online, I was certain that I would order the Crawfish Boil, but as I approached the counter to order, I noticed the daily special: “Spicy Creole” for $8.99. Hmmm, that sounded interesting, but I also felt that the Crawfish Boil would provide a really authentic taste of N’awlins. For a moment, I hesitated, then finally presented my foodie dilemma to Mr. Thibodeaux, who suggested that I go with the Spicy Creole. I took his expert advice, and I must say I was not sorry for doing so.
The Spicy Creole consisted of succulent shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce over a bed of rice, with corn-on-the-cob and a roll on the side. For those who are not a fan of heat, don’t despair; it was only a mild touch of spice that the average eater can enjoy. If you’re like me, and LOVE to turn up the heat, there’s Red Rooster Louisiana hot sauce on the table, and it spices things up JUST RIGHT! Overall, I really enjoyed the Spicy Creole.
In addition to being tasty and flavorful, the portion size was just right, allowing room for a slice of cheesecake to go, which hit the spot and rounded off the meal nicely. I’d still like to try the Crawfish Boil someday, which provides a convenient excuse to revisit Thibodeaux’s in the VERY near future. My co-worker ordered the Jambalaya, and was really pleased with her meal as well. To sum it all up, we were two very happy campers, who have discovered a new lunch spot to escape to from time to time.
What I’m quickly learning about good food in Columbus, is that you can’t judge a book by its cover. From the outside, Thibodeaux’s may look extremely modest and “homey,” but the downhome vibe is part of the appeal. Overall, my experience at Thibodeaux’s was pleasant. My meal was tasty and satisfying, and I really appreciated the personalized interaction between the owner and the customers. As we were eating, Mr. Thibodeaux came over to our table and asked how I was enjoying the Daily Special. It is these friendly gestures that I appreciate when I go out to dine. During lunch, expect a little bit of a wait on the food… 10 minutes or so, I’d say. Remember to grab a card on your way out, so you can order in advance if you’d like to pick up and go. I only have one humble suggestion: if they could somehow incorporate homemade Southern-style sweet tea (vs. Lipton) and/or fresh lemonade into their menu, I think it could add a whole new level of greatness to the experience! Hint, hint. Anyway, suffice it to say, I’ve definitely added Thibodeaux’s to my rotation of regular lunch spots, and I look forward to returning very soon!
Score: 4 / 5