Bourbon Street: Like eating in the Big Easy

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THE COURIER/Photos by Terence M. Cullen
THE COURIER/Photos by Terence M. Cullen

Bourbon Street

Situated a quick walk away from the Bayside LIRR station, Bourbon Street has everything. Though located in northeast Queens,it gives one a feel of a bar and eatery in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

At the well-stocked bar, one can enjoy a drink, watch a game on one of the many TVs and enjoy the lively, well-spirited atmosphere. Separated by a small glass wall, Bourbon Street contains one of the coziest dining rooms in Bayside.

As one waiter noted, anything on the menu is great, and he is not joking. The menu is filled with some of the most unique and eye-catching items, including an assortment of appetizers that take you out of Queens and into the Big Easy.

For a hearty starter, he recommended the blackened chicken nachos. The towering platter is packed with flavor. Atop the bed of crisp nachos is a layer of lettuce, chopped tomatoes, jalapenos, mouth watering, seasoned chicken and cool, soothing guacamole. The chicken was blackened and spiced to perfection. When scooped up with a jalapeno, some lettuce and warm nacho cheese, your taste buds will not know what hit them.

To give these super-loaded chips a little kick, the Bourbon Street hot sauce spices things up a bit.

If you’re looking for a heart-healthy lunch like this reporter, there’s the Bourbon Street’s turkey burger. Topped with grilled peppers, it’s an explosion of flavors that will leave you craving more. Served with French fries and coleslaw, this lunch is ideal if you’re looking for something warm and filling on a cool fall day.

Given the option for a cheese for the burger, opt for the Swiss, which not only holds the peppers together, but adds an extra burst of flavor to this one-of-a-kind burger.