Nestled in the Old Fourth Ward, the BQE Restaurant and Lounge is a stylish and classy establishment with great food and great vibes. It’s perfect for a date night with your special someone or a night out in the city with your friends.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is relaxing and fun. The lighting is actually pretty low in the restaurant, but the decor is so sophisticated and tasteful. The restaurant also has a DJ playing live music, which is great to listen to but it does make talking to anyone around you a little difficult.
As far as the service, you'll find that the staff is very nice and accommodating to any requests you have. The waiters are charming, funny, and extremely knowledgeable of what dishes best suit your tastes. They're also happy to fulfill non-dining requests, such as picture taking! Nothing is too much for them, which is a sign of excellent service.
You're probably thinking, "Well that's great and all, but how's the food?" Good question! The BQE serves breakfast and lunch every day, but for now we'll stick to dinner. No matter what, you HAVE to start with the catfish fingers.
They are, hands down, the most requested appetizer on the menu. Fresh pieces of catfish are perfectly seasoned and Southern fried, and then presented with lemon and a creamy remoulade sauce. Go on, have another look!
You're going to want to order these more than once, but that would take away from the amazing entrees available to you. The BQE has a great selection of salads, sandwiches, and entrees with red meat, chicken, and seafood.
Much like the catfish fingers, the fried chicken is incredibly well seasoned, juicy on the inside, and crispy on the outside. If you're ever craving some good fried chicken, this is the place to satisfy that craving. If you feel the same way about great mac and cheese, you'll be right at home for that as well. The collard greens are pretty good too, but they're nothing compared to the chicken and mac and cheese.
The stuffed flounder is amazing as well. The fish and crabmeat are perfectly cooked and seasoned, and you can tell that the seafood is fresh. This really is a winner! Even though we've only highlighted a small number of dishes on the menu, you really can't go wrong with whatever you choose. It's all bound to be delicious.
Try The BQE Restaurant and Lounge on your next night out, and you're certain to have a good time!
Ashley Graham, Lifestyle Section Editor, Staff Writer