Bon Ton

Cajun/Creole | Vietnamese
Memorable
One of the best
Jess Dawson | March 26, 2019
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When you walk into Bon Ton, there’s a lot to look at. And it’s worth taking a minute to let it all soak in. The theme is Louisiana meets Vietnam, evident in food, decor, and drinks. The place feels more like a really cool living room than anything else, with a cozy corner complete with record player, shag rug “paintings,” and interesting light fixtures. A neon sign with the words Fancy Service splashes across one wall.

The extensive, bright laminated menu urges patrons to “Come By and Get Happy.” It doesn’t seem like too much to ask considering how delicious everything is, starting with stiff cocktails that include Sazeracs and New Orleans-style hurricanes. There’s a particularly strong eye-opener in the form of frozen Vietnamese Irish coffee. That’s Jameson, coffee brandy, sweetened condensed milk, chicory coffee, cream, and a dash of nutmeg.

Boiled peanuts — a Deep South staple — here are dressed in Vietnamese spices, packing addictive kick. Five-spice shrimp appear to be soaked in some kind of flavorful roux, arriving with a slice of buttered bread that’s perfect for dipping into the sauce. We round out our appetizers with charbroiled oysters; crunchy, cheesy, creamy.

We take a break to unroll a few feet of brown paper towels in preparation for the rest of the meal.

Bon Ton offers half sandwiches, a policy that encourages trying multiple things. A spicy shrimp bahn mi is brimming with perfectly crunchy fried shrimp, pickled carrots, jalapeños, mint, ginger, and a nuoc cham aioli that I would like to take home with me.

Our discerning waitress suggests the house po’boy with catfish, so we go with that and are glad. It’s simple but delicious, on authentic New Orleans Leidenheimer French bread with a few pickles, crunchy lettuce, a slice of tomato, and Cajun remoulade.

Between bites of sandwich, we nibble on jicama and papaya salad, which is layered with lime, ginger, basil, mint, and lots of tiny red chilis that burn our mouths.

Side dishes might be the best part. Green beans are just-cooked and in a sticky-sweet sauce with both sautéed and crispy onions. Broccoli is well-dusted with Chinese five spice. House sausage and seafood gumbo has a nice rice-to-roux ratio. And smoked Gouda mac ‘n’ cheese includes bits of crawfish. You could make a meal on these alone.

I wish we had room for desert, but alas, we reach our limit. Our waitress gives us a tip about brunch: It includes the five-spice shrimp over grits with okra. OK then. We’ll be back Saturday.

What to Eat
Bon Ton, Shrimp Bahn Mi
Shrimp Bahn Mi
Must-Try
Fried shrimp bahn mi with nuoc cham aioli.
Bon Ton, Smokey Gouda Mac with Crawfish
Smokey Gouda Mac with Crawfish
Must-Try
Creamy smokey gouda mac with crawfish bits.
Bon Ton, Spicy Jicama and Papaya Salad
Spicy Jicama and Papaya Salad
Must-Try
The spicy jicama and papaya salad with red chili, peanuts, lime, ginger, and basil.
Bon Ton, Catfish Po’Boy
Catfish Po’Boy
Must-Try
A pretty classic fried catfish po'boy.
Bon Ton, 5-Spice Shrimp and Boiled Peanuts
5-Spice Shrimp and Boiled Peanuts
Must-Try
Five-spice shrimp and boiled peanuts.
Bon Ton, All The Sides
All The Sides
Must-Try
Get all of the sides. You won't regret it.
Bon Ton, Spicy Green Beans
Spicy Green Beans
Must-Try
These green beans. Oh my goodness.
Bon Ton, Charbroiled Oysters
Charbroiled Oysters
Must-Try
Classic charbroiled oysters are crispy and creamy.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 12am
Monday5pm - 12am
Tuesday11am - 12am
Wednesday11am - 12am
Thursday11am - 12am
Friday11am - 12am
Saturday11am - 12am
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dinner, Dessert, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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