If you ask someone whether they like fast service at restaurants, they will almost certainly answer yes. It’s worth thinking about, because some things really can’t be rushed.
These thoughts came to mind after dinner at Michael’s Bar & Grill, a Louisiana-style restaurant in Burbank. The interior is modern and pleasant, with New Orleans artwork setting the mood and bouncy pop playing in the background. Many regional restaurants lay on the hickitude with a trowel; finding one that is both Southern and sophisticated was a pleasant surprise.
Michael’s called itself a Cajun restaurant, but offers items from New Orleans’ creole tradition as well. The menu is a parade of old favorites, with a few steaks and Italian specialties — no Cajun blackened spaghetti or other hare-brained items. Those Italian items actually reflect traditional influences, because Sicilians started immigrating to Louisiana while it was still owned by the French.