Chef George Sittig has a tattoo of the Acadian flag on his right forearm. He’s a Lafayette native who speaks Cajun French, and his 8-year-old daughter was born on Mardi Gras day. So it should come as no surprise that his menu at Red Stick Social embodies south Louisiana.
On his menu, 225 reports, he’s created modern takes on traditional south Louisiana dishes, like crawfish and tasso mac ’n’ cheese and a fried seafood-stuffed po-boy covered in étouffée. You’ll also find Asian flavors, like in his ribs, which are tossed in an Asian char siu sauce, and his Korean Barbecue Tacos.
Sittig’s journey as a chef has taken him around the globe, cooking in restaurants across Europe and the Caribbean. But he says his “hardcore” love for Louisiana and its food called him home about three years ago.
“I think everywhere that I went, I found similarities in food and similarities in culture to what we have here in Louisiana,” Sittig says. “I’d always find things that just really reminded me of home.”
And Red Stick Social, set to open April 15, combines all the essential elements of the culture that Sittig missed. Read the full feature on the new venue and restaurant, and subscribe to the free 225 Dine e-newsletter to keep up with culinary news.