What’s a seven-course Cajun breakfast? A pound of boudin and a six-pack of beer, or so goes the oft-told joke around Acadiana. The six-pack is up to you, but you can get the boudin and plenty more two blocks from the Uptown parade route this week as Mosquito Supper Club (mosquitosupperclub.com) continues its ongoing take-over of the butcher shop Cleaver & Co. (3917 Baronne St., 504-227-3830; cleaverand.co).
Mosquito Supper Club, run by chef and Chauvin native Melissa Martin and Lafayette native Effie Michot, normally presents private dining events and zydeco and Cajun brunches with live music around New Orleans. Since Cleaver & Co., one of its food suppliers, is closed for the height of Carnival, they have turned the shop into a quick stop for rural Louisiana flavors, open daily through Feb. 15.
At breakfast, 9-11 a.m., they serve biscuits with jam, boudin, couche couche and other fast items. Then from 11 a.m.-6 pm they switch to a daily-changing menu of plate lunches, like roasted pork with rice and gravy or smothered chicken. Gumbo is always available, with potato salad on the side in the country way, and so is boudin, which is brought in from Billy’s Boudin & Cracklins of Krotz Springs, a mecca for Cajun meats in St. Landry Parish.
Order at the counter, find a seat at one of the long communal tables and take in how this butcher shop has been turned into a homey little den, with patchwork tapestries, cake plates and jars of baked goods and Cajun records playing on the turntable. It feels like an offbeat respite from the parade route.
A barista from the Ninth Ward cafe Solo Espresso is also on hand serving specialty coffee drinks. If you’re looking for that six pack nearby, remember that Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 504-899-7411; martinwinecellar.com) is finally back open a block away and has a large array of Louisiana-made beer on hand.
Cleaver & Co. will resume its normal business hours on Wednesday. After Carnival, look for Mosquito Supper Club to begin holding its events in its own dedicated space in the French Quarter at 806 N. Rampart St., upstairs from the cafe Mister Gregory’s.
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