Tortilleria El Molino
First OFF I have to say the food is absolutely AMAZING it was so delicious \n\nThe reason they get two stars is because idc how good the food is if the customer service sucks \n\nThe place is small and there was a full house walking in but an hour to have our order take was ridiculous than I was served my order separately( fish and rice and beans where brought out but I had to wait 15 mins for mash potatoes) and it wasn’t until I got fed up and was ready to go that they brought my gumbo out.\n\nThey don’t have a itemized bill system and the owner super overcharged us so watch out \n\nMy meal was 14.95 with a cup of gumbo for 6.95\nMy partners meal was 16.95 plus two lemonades but we ended up paying over 50$\n\nPay close attention to what you order and order ahead of time I watched a man sit for his call-in order for 45 mins just pathetic
4 stars for the food it was amazing…. I had the shrimp and grits, gumbo, catfish, and beans and rice / sampler platter. The food was like grandma makes from Baton Rouge. The shrimp were plump and large. Onto the gumbo no okra but small shrimp… one piece of the crab leg… little disappointing-but flavor was there. Catfish was fried good.\n\n\n3 stars for service …Bee was slammed with guest coming into the restaurant… I am hoping you can get one more server that works. The person who was assisting you today was a bit standoffish and rude. \n\nI wish you the best. Will see you again!
Pretty good food. The service started out a bit slow but I’m guessing it’s because they had a large party that was just finishing up. My fried catfish Po Boy was bomb. And I had some red beans a rice that were awesome as well. My wife had red beans and rice with two crawfish sausage on the side. Those crawfish sausage were so good they were like mini casserole in sausage casings. The only thing we didn’t care for was the waffle my daughter got it had a sour aftertaste.
Incredible shrimp and grits and even better homemade sweet tea!! The Mac n cheese was just okay but the collard greens were amazing so that made up for it! I’m dying to go back and try more menu items!! Only gave it 4 stars because the restaurant is pretty small and can get very busy so the wait time can be a little disappointing. I will definitely be back and plan on going during a less busy time of day!
***2.5 Stars***\n\nWow. This has been one of the most uncomfortable experiences at a restaurant that I’ve had in a long while. I don’t usually write reviews for places right away, but there are just too many details that I did’t want to forget. I’ve been here before in the past.. like waaaay in the past around the time that they first opened. Can’t really tell you much about my first experience because I honestly don’t really remember. But after today’s experience, I understand why it took me so long to come back. \n\nI got a random craving for shrimp and grits but didn’t wanna drive through the tunnel today to get it. I saw Nola’s on my Yelp search and decided to pay them another visit since it’s been years since I’ve dined in. The pictures of the shrimp and grits looked amazing, so I was excited to try it. \n\nI walked in around 11:20ish and the place was pretty empty aside from two tables that were seated. They open at 11 am on Sundays, so this made sense. I sat at the counter and waited to be acknowledged. Waited for 10 minutes and the owner \”Bee\” passed me by several times without saying anything. Finally, she came by to give me a menu. I already knew what I wanted, but it doesn’t hurt to check out the menu just in case. Another 10 minutes rolled around, and she came back to take my order. She did tell me that she would be with me this time while I waited. \n\nI ordered their Louisiana sweet tea and their shrimp and grits. The shrimp and grits were pricey at $25.00 for a plate, but what Cajun food spot ISN’T pricey nowadays? She brought my sweet tea over and I waited for my food. As I waited, I watched this place fill up completely in a matter of 20 minutes! By noon, this place was completely packed. Unfortunately, it seemed like Bee was the only one working in the entire restaurant at one point. \n\nThe place turned into an absolute mad house! The phone was ringing off the hook, never to be answered. Several people went un-greeted as they sat down and watched the fiasco. A few people were waiting for their to-go orders patiently even though it took a long time to prepare. Several people ended up walking out. The guy sitting next to me pointed out that it looked like the owner was cooking and trying to serve at the same time. He said that they usually have 3 to 4 servers on Sundays because they get busy. Not sure what happened, but that was not the case today. \n\nI witnessed her getting angry and frustrated behind the counter. She let out a loud moan of distress right before finally answering the phone and told the person who called that she wasn’t picking up because they weren’t doing call-in orders. She slammed the phone down, and when another patron asked for a to-go box and her check, she slammed the portable card machine on the table next to me. She was clearly frustrated, and everyone could see it. \n\nIt was 12:26 when my food finally arrived. 45 minutes later, I was finally able to eat. Everyone else just stared at me as they continued to wait for their meals. It was so uncomfortable as I was the only one with a plate at the time. The best part of the shrimp and grits were clearly the shrimp. They were executed extremely well. The shrimp was plump and juicy and covered in delicious Cajun spices. The grits were cheesy and cooked to the perfect consistency. But, what ruined the dish for me was the overuse of the Cajun sauce on the grits. \n\nIt was just too much. It felt like I was eating \u00c9touff\u00e9e or gumbo rather than grits. I couldn’t taste the grits or the cheese because they had been doused with Cajun juices. It just completely overpowered everything else. It was totally non-traditional. While I applaud them for being different, this was not what I was hoping for. Some people may enjoy it, but my biggest pet peeve with Cajun, Creole, and soul food is when people OVER season it to the point of where you can’t even taste its’ natural flavor. But unfortunately, I seem to experience this time and time again. Trust me, I looove spices. However, I don’t feel that you need to throw every spice that you can think of in a dish to make it taste good.\n\nService after that was non-existent. Nobody checked on me or anything. The other customers seemed frustrated. The sweet tea was amazing and exceptionally sweet, and I was happy that I could flag someone else down to give me my free refill of it. I had to wait for another 20 minutes to receive my check. They had the door open and it was freezing inside while I waited for my check. So uncomfortable! Someone finally got ahold of the owner to ask her if they could close the door. Thank God because I was freezing my ass off. \n\nOverall, it wasn’t a good experience for me. It may be another few years before I return, IF I decide to return again.
Seriously, such a strange place. VERY leisure staff. I walked in about 15 minutes after they opened and was told to wait because they weren’t ready to take orders yet. The owner/person taking my order was more interested in wiping down the tables and cutting lemons and made me wait to place the order. About 15 minutes go by and when she takes my order, she is surprised that I would order 3 dishes to go. She asked why I had to order so much right when they opened? (Shouldn’t you be happy I’m ordering food from you?) \n\nShe said, it will take 45 minutes to cook the chicken. There was NO ONE in the restaurant. Why would it take that long?! Ok, I leave and come back. Come back 45 minutes later and my food still wasn’t ready. Ms B says, \”too much work for one person.\” I get it. Just sit politely waiting for my food. Took over an hour to get my food! And it was the first order of the day for them. \n\nJust a strange strange place. When I got to the car, I realized I was missing the gumbo. I walk back in with my receipt. She said she gave it to me. It was in the bag, I didn’t look close enough. I brought the bags back in, she said I took it out. Oh well. I guess that was a loss of money. To be accused I was lying though, really?!\n\nFood was less than ok. Mac and cheese missing the cheese you expect. Pretty much noodles with the occasional cheese shred. Chicken was over cooked and bitter tasting; like they haven’t changed the oil in the fryer in a while. Vegetables were way over cooked. Waffle was so dry and tasted like it was a just add water batter with cinnamon added in. They said they ran out of the 3 Poboys I wanted to try. Then later Ms B said that they’re out of bread too. Overall, Not impressed.
This place is a great little spot for some legit cook out Louisiana styled food My love and I stopped in yesterday for some of the goodness. He ALWAYS gets the fried chicken and waffle and I’m a Crab cake Po Boy kinda gal. Pics attached. Food is bomb, place is little, feels like you are eating with family.
I got the platter with Gumbo, Red beans and Rice, and Shrimp and Grits and fried catfish. I was kinda bummed they didn’t have Jambalaya any longer. Anyway, the flavors of everything was delicious, esp the Red Beans!!! The shrimp and grits was a bit too greasy and I don’t enjoy eating off of plastic when i’m playing nearly $30 for a meal but all in all…pretty delicious experience.
\”Who Dat\”-Chicken and Waffles\nThis place is really good I cant speak for anything else on the menu besides chicken and waffles. Every time I go there this is what I get. The waffle has a good vanilla flavor, the chicken is too spicy for my taste but I still eat it. When you arrive close to opening there is no wait for a table and you get prompt customer service. Don’t go there if your \”hangry\” cause the food does take a while to cook, i think its because the kitchen is small, but its worth the wait.
** gumbo is a must ***\n\nMy god most places can really screw up grits or gumbo but not this location!!!\n\nI’ve been extremely satisfaction with the following and I recommend you bring a friend to share 1 plate … seriously the serving size can feed 2-3:\n1. Gumbo: yesssss great job. Almost tastes like my family’s . If anything they could add okra and maybe oysters – but who knows maybe they do and I didn’t get any in my bowl \n2. Shrimp \u0026 grits: soooo savory And good \n3. Cafe du minds coffee: if you love full body / chicory coffee and you’ve neverrrrr been to cafe du monde for their New Orleans style coffee , you are missing out \n\nBeware:\n1. Waffles and chicken: the waffles are Belgian style and too soft(yuck). The lemon butter was horrifying as well annnnd the fried chicken wasn’t memorable. didn’t like the breading or the seasoning on the outside. Was giving me a fried fish vibe
I am by no means an expert on New Orleans cuisine, but I must say I had no trouble scarfing everything down. We were a group of eight and I will say the service is a bit leisurely. However we did get everything we ordered despite our somewhat what scattered ordering technique. Everything I had and sampled from the others was great. Hot too. My mouth is still burnt from the grits! \n\nI do have to warn everyone that NOLA has no air conditioning. It was 101 degrees when we arrived. There are fans but after a while they are pretty much ineffective, as you would expect. Certainly they have no control over the weather, and installing a/c costs a fortune. Just a heads-up. \n\nI see posts from several years ago about the inoperative soda machine. That was still the case last Saturday. Come on!! I ran restaurants and hospital food service for over 30 years, and I know it’s fairly simple to attend to soda dispensers. Most locations don’t own them, the beverage companies put them in and are responsible for the operation. NOLA has Coke on the menu (yes!) but if they won’t fix the dispenser, just call the competitor (Pepsi…yuck) and they will be happy to capture the business. They make tons of $$$ on the syrup. Plus, the menu price yields a HUGE margin to the restaurant. How do you think the fast food chains give you unlimited refills? Even a 32oz soda with one refill costs about 39 cents or something ridiculous. And wha do they charge, four bucks? Ever buy a soda at the ball game? NOLA, it’s a profit miracle so fix it already. \n\nThey had only two of the six or so beers on the menu. They were out of some other item I don’t recall so that’s no biggie. I found the prices to be quite reasonable and the portions huge. My Po’ Boy made a great brunch the next day. This place is very far from us so I probably won’t be hustling back. But it’s pretty damn good…go on a cool day and get a bottle of Coke Zero next door at Real Cheap Liquors.
The woman was really nice there but it took an hour to order. An hour to prepare the food . I didnt get part of my order. My shrimp and grits came back greasy so my food was soup. I was so annoyed . She took my drink off the menu because of the wait . But I wasted 25 dollars on something that was even good.
Had shrimp and grits, pretty nasty, instant grits with over cooked shrimp (sadly they were the only thing that was edible). and some oily wine sauce over the top of it all. Fried oysters were completely inedible, one of which was spoiled and after leaving the restaurant I nearly barfed it back up in the parking lot. All that for $30???…what a joke. She took the $8 fried oysters off the bill after I complained or it would have been $40 for this crap. I also waited about 40 mins for my lunch to come with a half full restaurant.
Order the Neville brothers shrimp n grits! So cheesy and amazing wine sauce.\n\nI’m really glad I ordered this, it looked like every single table had at least one person who ordered them as well. The photos on their yelp are very accurate. The shrimp were perfectly cleaned, shelled, and cooked. The wine sauce over the grits really added the pop of flavor that grits need. There was at least a whole cup of cheese in the dish. Note that they don’t cooked the grits with cheese they put a ton on top of it with the wine sauce. The garlic with the sauce is a great combination. The protion on this dish was also very generous so expect to have leftovers!\n\nFrench fries are kind of flimspy not real crispy. The rice and gravy are good, had lots of black pepper for a bit of a kick. Note that when you order with 2 sides there are no substitutions aside from the sides they offer for those items.\n\nThe menus are kind of dirty like you can feel they havent been wiped or clean as you are scrolling through it. Also there’s no section for appetizers which is kind of odd but I guess that’s what their a la carte section is for. \n\nThe chef is such a nice guy! He came outside from the kitchen and greeted all customers after they came in!\n\nThey have fried frog legs here so my mom plans on trying them next time. I think I would go for fried oysters or their etouffe.
I had dinner here and the food was good, portions are humongous and the prices are good for what you get. \n\nI had the Catfish Po’boy and I was asked if I wanted the full order which I assumed meant a dinner portion with sides, boy was I wrong it was two sandwiches and two sides. \n\nMy daughter had the Chicken and Waffles. The Chicken was crisp and not dry. But the Cinnamon and Vanilla Waffle with syrup was heavenly. \n\nSides: Cheese Grits were hot with a layer of melted cheese, Garlic And Butter Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans which were all delicious. \n\nMy only complaint is they don’t have a small portion of Beignets. There was only two of us so there was a lot leftover and they are not a take home kind of food.
Love this place. I pass this place plenty of times and always turned my nose up. Went there last week and it was excellent. There was a wait but it’s bc they food is cooked to order. I had the cheese grits and they were just ok in my opinion. My Nana had the shrimp cheese grits and it looked good and she said they were. \nThe place is small but it stayed packed. Good food and good Service with nice zodiacal music playing I. The background.
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Listing Title: Tortilleria El Molino