Chef Henry Chandler of Henry's Louisiana Grill in Acworth.
Henry's Louisiana Grill in downtown Acworth
ACWORTH, GA - For the past 11 years some of the best New Orleans jazz has been blaring from a historic store front in downtown Acworth.
Many say what you find inside is some of the best Louisiana food to be had.
"Henry's is truly the most authentic cajun, creole restaurant we've eaten in in the entire Atlanta area," said Penny Theriot, who's from Louisiana.
"It's been the passion of my life," says Henry Chandler, owner of Henry's Louisiana Grill.
Known for his outlandish chef's outfit, complete with Mardi Gras beads and football memorabilia, he started out as a civil engineer.
But this Louisiana native and fierce LSU and New Orleans Saints football fan soon returned to his first love...cooking.
Trained in Southern, Cajun, French and Italian styles, he specializes in down home fare he first learned from his nanny.
Whether regulars or first timers, his customers love it.
"My favorite is the flash-fried seafood. It's flash-fried shrimp and oysters. You can get crawfish with it and the best Remoulade on the planet," said regular patron Cheryl Bryan.
"This is our first time and they made a creative sampler for me because I wanted to try a bunch of things and it was absolutely delicious," said newcomer Bill Allen.
Last fall Chandler won national attention by winning the "Favorite Local Chef in America" contest on ABC-TV's Nightline.
Now he's working on a cook book, bottling his own sauces and possibly his own TV cooking show.
"When you walk in my door, it's going to be fun from the time you walk in to the time you leave; it's always, always something happening and it's a party," says Chandler.
Every day except Sunday, that is, the one day of the week Henry's downtown Acworth restaurant is closed.