Camellia beans and Crystal Hot Sauce are telltale signs of cajun cuisine, and thanks to Chamblee’s newest resident, Lagarde American Eatery, you won’t have to travel far to get a taste.
A partnership between co-owners Leonardo Moura and Jamie Adams (who also own Sandy Spring’s il Giallo Osteria & Bar), Lagarde’s New Orleans-inspired menu is an homage to Adams’ parents and the recipes he grew up on. “My mom was a great cook and my dad loved to eat. As the youngest of five, I ate well too,” says Adams. “I’ve wanted to open a restaurant like this for many years.”
Ingredients like Leidenheimer bread and freshly shucked oysters shine on a menu that a native New Orleanian would enjoy. Indulge on pork belly with chow chow and a sunny-side up egg, or for a true classic, the Gumbo File with andouille and shrimp is not to be overlooked. “Mom made great gumbo, so that addition was a no-brainer,” Adams explains.
Complementing the savory menu is the eclectic interior, which was designed by Vivien Leigh Interiors. Warm hues offer a clean backdrop for a wall-to-wall graffiti mural by Lotus Eaters Club—featuring caricatures of both Adams and Moura in a Louisiana landscape. When the weather allows, retractable glass walls open for a wave of fresh air while dining.
A neighborhood gathering place, Lagarde not only captures the flavors of New Orleans, but also the essence of Adams’ upbringing: food tastes better when it’s created with passion and shared with loved ones.