I live within earshot of Evangeline and have tried it several times. Each time I have been rather disappointed. The first time I went, I entered with high hopes. I am from Mississippi originally and grew up around good Creole and Cajun cuisine. I was repeatedly told by friends how this place was the real deal, and in some respects it is. The vibe in the place reminds me a lot of some of my favorite cajun places in Slidell. Honestly, if you walk into a joint serving this food that isn't seriously relaxed with a touch of dirt, you should just leave. Tidy and prompt isn't what Louisiana cuisine is about. The place feels like south Louisiana or Mississippi, and I thought that was quite cool.\r
The problem is, the food is not particularly good. The first time I went, I had the shrimp creole and a cup of gumbo. The gumbo was pretty good, not the best I've ever had but certainly worth having again, but the shrimp creole was terrible. It essentially tasted like frozen shrimp on old minute rice with a squirt of ketchup on top. For ten bucks, I felt seriously ripped off. My friend had the fried catfish, which was very average as well. On a later visit, I decided to give the po-boys a go, picking the oyster po-boy to go with my LSU/Florida football game. It was essentially a fried oyster sub. The bread had none of the light, chewy characteristics a real po-boy should have, but was instead heavy and dense. The whole thing just dripped grease. True, the sandwich has fried food on it, but a good oyster po-boy is packed full of light, crispy oysters. This sandwich was more like refried frozen oysters (which I don't actually think they were mind you) on a hoagie. \r
At a level, Cajun cooking is dirt simple. It is all about nailing the basics and knowing the flavors. This place just doesn't get there. The vibe is 100% authentic, and in a way, the food is as well. But being authentically Louisianan does not equal being authentically GOOD Creole or Cajun.
Pros: Authentic feel
Cons: The food doesn't match the vibe.