By Matt Starlight
To quote the infamous Ron Swanson: “You had me at meat tornado.” While this week’s dish may not come from Big Head Joe’s and hasn’t literally killed a guy last year, I’m sure you’ll find just as much satisfaction indulging in Bin 77’s carnivorous appetizer the Creole Devils on Horseback.
Bin 77, located in the heart of Perkins Rowe, would serve as a refreshing change of pace for the average college student. It’s self-described as a wine bistro, which may intimidate some, but as long as it isn’t being used as a Thursday night pregame, you’ll be fine. The décor is industrial yet regal, soft jazz plays through the speakers, and the staff is dressed in black head-to-toe. They have an impressive patio area for cooler afternoons or people watching. Take a seat in a soft leather barstool and gaze at the impressive collection of wine the bistro boasts, and you can already tell the food will be on par.
Derivative of the classic Devil on Horseback recipe of bacon, shrimp, cream cheese, and a jalapeño, this creole twist is made of boudin and andouille stuffed medjool dates wrapped in creole smoked bacon and served with a piquillo-tomato sauce. The four appetizers are presented on a rectangular white plate with the tomato sauce drizzled across in a way that feels like a five-star restaurant. The piquillo-tomato sauce is sweet and tangy for a perfect balance with the salty, crispy bacon strip. Inside the bacon wrap is delectably soft andouille and sausage that falls apart in your mouth so easily it seems to have been cooking in a slow roaster for the last few hours. They taste fantastic and are surprisingly filling for a small dish.
Bin 77’s entrees average about $25 a plate, which trounces the average student’s weekly budget, but this particular item is only $8. Combined with the massive wine selection, this restaurant would serve well in a special occasion setting, and with graduation coming up, be sure to include this on the list of potential spots. If you are lucky enough to convince your parents to take you here, don’t skimp on the appetizers: be sure to order a few rounds of the Creole Devils on Horseback.