I’ve been in a New Orleans state of mind lately since it’s the setting for both Top Chef & American Horror Story this season. All those cajun flavors and accents (and these frigid Northeast temperatures!) had me longing for a little bit of the south right now. Naturally, Catahoula seemed like it would be the perfect place to satisfy these cravings. In addition to catfish po-boys and Jambalaya, they’ve also got a great lineup of Abita beers and some awesome South-ified burgers. I decided to go with the Houla burger: an Angus beef patty topped with pulled pork, cheddar & fried pickles (It’s also topped with lettuce and a huge slice of beefsteak tomato, which is hidden under the lettuce in the pic below). Their fries are seasoned with Creole spice for a little bit of a Cajun kick.
I ordered the burger medium. For being such a large patty, it had a fair amount of pink inside, bordering on medium-well while still being juicy. The outside had a great backyard BBQ grill char to it. I just love the flavor that a good char gives to a burger; it always tastes a little bit like summer. The pulled pork was sweet and succulent. I would definitely love to come back and try the pulled pork alone! The fried pickles had a great snap to them; the breading was light enough so they weren’t gross, fried soggy messes (and didn’t burn your tongue with leftover oil when you bit into them). The bun was thick and very proportional to the burger – I mean, with all those toppings, it had to be! It did a great job of holding everything together once I took out that little stick placeholder. Unfortunately, the bottom bun did start to disappear after a couple of bites since the burger was very topping heavy. I eventually flipped the burger upside down so that I could try and get rid of the top bun and get to the pulled pork & pickles faster. I managed to make it to the last few bites before the bun totally broke off, so not too shabby.
It was a beast of a burger! I was actually afraid I wouldn’t be able to finish it, but I made it and it was totally worth the food coma I experienced an hour later. Paired with an Abita Purple Haze, it almost made Front Street feel like Bourbon Street – well, until anyone opened the door, that is.
Burger rating: “B+”