Okay, so I’m sure everyone has been bombarded with ads on the radio for Frenchie & A’Roo’s on 31 Central Ave lately. I’d been meaning to check it out when they first opened earlier this year, since I thought it was French and African fusion. I don’t know where I got that idea, but I was completely wrong. There was neither crepe nor goat stew to be found on their menu. Nor goat crepe stew.
Frenchie & A’Roo’s is a pretty simple place, a few tables and some palm trees in the front, a counter in the back to order from and one really cool lamp fixture hanging in the front window. They also served Perry’s Ice Cream, which impressed Albany John.
We got there for a late lunch. Their menu is pretty much southern fare. They also have hamburgers, light fare like salads (I don’t really think chicken or tuna salad are light salads though), and pizza.
Albany John got the North Carolina Pulled Sandwich. It’s NC style pulled pork on a bun($6). It also came with 2 sides, but they don’t remind you of that when you’re ordering. Resulting in Albany John getting just coleslaw. He wasn’t too crazy about the coleslaw. It was missing that je ne sais quois that all coleslaws have. Or something like that… North Carolina pulled pork has a tang of vinegar in it’s sauce. It was a really good sandwich, with a healthy heaping of pulled pork on the bun. The pork was stringy, but still remained moist – a big deal in pulled pork.
I actually knew what I wanted as soon as I saw the menu: seafood jambalaya for $8. It had crab meat, jumbo shrimp, scallops and fish in it, all over a bed of rice. The plate also had some shredded lettuce on the outter edge. Kind of wierd, but it was nice to bite into it to break up the jambalaya. The rice was soft and bland, but made for a good jambalaya mixer. I was really impressed by the amount of seafood in it, though. There were about 6 pieces of jumbo shrimp, about 7 large scallops (not those little bay scallops) and tons of crabmeat throughout the jambalaya stew juice. There was also a piece of fish in there too. Oh Wow! I almost couldn’t finish it, but with all that seafood, how could I not? I ate every single morsel of seafood in there. I just couldn’t believe I got all that seafood for eight bucks. It might have cost that much just to get the amount of scallops that was in the jambalaya from the supermarket. And let me tell you, those scallops were succulent – not rubbery and overcooked. It was amazingly seasoned (I did salt it though, but then again, what don’t I salt?) and in no way tomato-ey like some stews can be.
I look forward to going back and ordering more jambalaya. Seriously, that was an insane amount of seafood.