Posted on | September 22, 2011 | by Jason Casséus | No Comments
Southern & Cajun cuisine ranks pretty high on my favorite food to eat, so I’ve been slowly trying to cross of as many restaurants in the city as I can. This week it was Live Bait’s turn. I’ve passed by the place a bunch of times, but never eaten there. While researching places for lunch, a friend suggested it, so after looking at the menu, I was excited to see what they had to offer. The space is Cajun through & through with corrugated iron on the walls & the definite feel of a bait shop somewhere in Louisiana. I started with a Lynchburg Lemonade & looked at the menu.
While Live Bait does offer BBQ options, the focus does seem to be on seafood & other Southern mainstays like Fried Chicken & Jambalaya.
Blackened Catfish with Dirty Rice
Considering that I went at lunch, this was a really large portion. The blackening spice had quite a kick to it & the fish had a great char without being dry. Dirty rice (for those of you who don’t know) is rice cooked with chicken livers or giblets which add an awesome flavor & give the dish it’s signature ‘dirty’ look. My only real gripe was that there was no sauce other than the tartar (more on that later).
Red Beans & Andouille
One of the several ‘fixins’ available for $3.50. I’m a huge fan of Andouille so this dish stuck out like a sore thumb. It had a smokey flavor & wasn’t overly spicy but I thought that the beans might have been a slightly under-cooked. The broth, however, was an excellent topping for the dirty rice that I had ordered.
We enjoyed our lunch at Live Bait, I would like to go back to try the Fried Chicken though as a nearby table ordered it & it looked great. This was my first time trying a Lynchburg Lemonade & if that’s the way it’s meant to be made, I won’t be ordering one ever again. If you’re in the area check Live Bait out.