I went to lunch at T-Coons on a Sunday because they were pretty the only place open out of the places I stopped. I was so mad. I stopped at 2 places before making my way to T-Coons. It was a great choice though. I ordered the red beans and rice, which was delicious. It had a pretty good flavor, but could have used more seasoning. Some spice is always nice. The menu is primarily composed of southern, Cajuns, and soul food. It’s all pretty fairly priced, especially considering the size of the portion you get. I spent only $8 on this meal and a soda. That’s really damn cheap. I still think the coveted “best plate lunch” still goes to Laura’s II, but T-Coons looks like it’s in a very close second. I’ve also had the smothered beef here before and that was really good as well. Once again, a little under-seasoned.
I’m going to start this off strong, I don’t consider myself to be a Cajun by blood. I wasn’t raised by French speaking grandparents or anything like that. That being said, I am Cajun by “osmosis” as I’ve picked up on a lot of habits and cultural beliefs that Cajun people share. The reason why I’m mentioning this is because there are multiple signs on the walls that reference the term “coon-ass.” Now, many Cajun people that I know don’t get offended by this term, but I also a couple that do. That kind of gives you an idea of how this place is. They’re environment is very jovial and lighthearted. I personally love it. It screams Cajun and goofy. I can appreciate it. It could stand to be a bit cleaner, but other than that, it was great.
Considering I came in at the end of the lunch shift, there was only one person working the order line. It took a little while for her to finish with the guy in front of me and get my order prepared. It sure is nice to have your order prepared right in front of you. At the end of it all, it took a little longer than I would have hoped, but the employee did acknowledge me to let me know that she’d be right with me. I was in and out of there in about 20-25 minutes. That’s great for a lunch place.
The employee who made my order was very nice, as was the server, but the rest of the staff seemed like they were in bad moods. The lady who was working the register wasn’t friendly, the employee cleaning near here was talking about non-work appropriate things in earshot. Things like that aren’t the end of the world, but it certainly can put a damper on the experience. Overall, I don’t have too much to say about the service, but it needs a little work. Less chit-chat in the front of house by the staff and more smiling employees. The serving employee was a great example.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy my visit to T-Coons. It was a hearty, inexpensive, and a tasty meal. I felt like I got my money’s worth, and more! I’ll definitely visit them again. I’ll try one of the daily specials next time to see what they’re all about. If you’re looking for a great place to get a lunch platter, even to-go, this looks like a great option.