Cajun-Style Meatloaf @ French Market Restaurant

Price: $13.99

When: August 20, 2016, 3:55 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

So we’re at the French Market Restaurant, and I’m totally grooving on the awesomeness of the French Dip sandwich. Elaine, for her part, decided to go a different direction. After asking several Cast Members for recommended dishes, she settled on the Cajun-Style Meatloaf.

This dish has four parts: the meatloaf, a scoop of mashed potatoes, a side of green beans and carrots, and a buttermilk roll. There’s also a small lake of brown gravy sloshing around the bottom of the plate.

Everything works, here. But some things work better than others.

The meatloaf is wonderful. It’s slightly spicy (but only slightly), moist, and does all right meatloafy things once you pop it in your mouth. There’s a ketchup top providing a hit of sweetness. It’s great, great stuff.

The mashed potatoes are also top flight. They taste great on their own (freshly made, not too buttery), but they really get rolling when you pair them with the gravy.

The beans and carrots are just OK. They’re a little overcooked, and would benefit from some salt. That said, they’re a good counterpoint to the meatloaf and potatoes. A forkful of veg here and there can liven up the party.

Finally, the roll. It’s also fine. A standard dinner roll. It feels a bit like filler. The meatloaf portion isn’t huge, so I suspect the roll is on the plate to add some bulk (and to let you sop up any loose gravy).

This dish was solid from the first bite to the last – well-conceived, well-executed, and great value for the money. I absolutely recommend it.