One of the most amazing things about New Orleans, are the hidden spots tucked away but are still going strong or streets that seem to be filled with the bustle of the city but if you look closely you will find a pearl in the oyster. South Broad street is brimming withbusinesses and around the corner from the courthouse, but if you slow down around the 300 block of Broad street you will come across a turquoise colored building serving some amazingly fresh, and wonderful food: Marjie’s Grill.
Located at 320 South Broad Street, Marjie’s Grill is the funky brainchild eatery of General Manager Caitlin Carney and Chef Marcus Jacobs, that combines a keen pop art aesthetic with the flavors New Orleans married with the flavors of Southeast Asia where both spent focused time learning the culture and various styles of cooking. Cooking with local ingredients is the star at Marjie’s with vegetables sharing center stage with meat and seafood. The chef uses and iron gate cooking tool/technique which allows him to raise and lower the gate to cook a variety meats and vegetables. Lunch was a nice relaxing party affair with the decor highlighting the flavor and look of the food. The winter Tom Sam salad featured watermelon radishes and carrots nicely accentuated by the chili vinaigrette, refreshing and hearty at the same time, and paired perfectly with the Honey Buttered yardbird and the Chili butter Shrimp(I may have had both.) A special for all you carnivores, fried pig’s tail with a dry curry and lime was a bacon lovers heaven to the 5th power.
The menu is set up so you can order as much meat and sides as you care to eat. The dinner menu is heftier with sides and appetizers, beef, pork and chicken for entrees as well as large format dining, entrees that can feed two people. Round out your experience with a full bar and wine list, a selection of local beers as well as a courtyard in the back and you can find yourself lost in the flavors of the southeast.Reservations are accepted for parties of six or more and they have themed nights throughout the year, so check their website or better yet check their instagram, to really keep up with what is happening at the spot you will want to keep going back to for more, Marjie’s Grill. For all you Mardi Gras folks, Marjie’s will be closed the week of Mardi Gras, but will re-open on Wednesday for a post-Mardi Gras taco party.