on June 7, 2007
The three of us (mom, dad, teen) ordered two seafood platters and split them. They were excellent, with a great variety. Each item was seasoned and fried, but not too heavy.There is a dance floor in the center of the room, so ask the hostess to seat you close to it. There are Cajun dancers who pull people up to learn the dance steps. No one was made to go or embarrassed if they didn't want to go. It was entertaining to watch. It was a lot like the Texas two-step.Mulates is a little off the beaten track; a good distance from Bourbon St., heading southwest. We were told to go early as it fills up fast, and by the time we were leaving, it was getting crowded. I don't think we'd have gotten a table near the dance floor if we'd come in later.We usually eat late in the evening, but for those who prefer to dine earlier, Mulates is definitely worth trying.2008 UPDATEJust returned from Memorial Day weekend trip to New Orleans. This time just mom and dad - no pesky kid. We called Mulates on Sunday afternoon for dinner reservations at 7:00 pm that night. We requested a table by the dance floor and that's exactly what we got. We split a blackened tilapia meal. See picture - large serving of delicious tilapia, perfectly seasoned and seared. It came with mixed vegetables, jambalaya and a twice-baked potato. We also ordered grilled mushroom and onions to go with it, and split a hot-out-of-the-oven bread pudding for dessert. When we left the restaurant, we walked across the street and straight towards the river to a streetcar station. It took awhile for the traincar to come since it's the next to last stop on that route, but when it picked us up, we paid $1.25 each and it took us all the way to Jackson Square.
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