From appetizers to entrees to desserts, Molly's is all about fine Cajun and Creole food served up New Orleans fashion. Appetizers include light crunchy calamari ($7.95) and alligator Rangoon wontons ($9.95). The Southern theme carries through the entrees; the po' boy sandwich ($11.95) is piled high with tender, flash-fried oysters (or barbecued shrimp, if you'd rather), and the jambalaya is a colorful melange of shrimp, chicken, sausage, crawfish and tomatoes spooned over spicy rice ($13.95). Specials cover whatever’s fresh and fabulous, perhaps panko-crusted salmon over snappy asparagus, crisp sweet potato fries and a light hollandaise. From the wine list, try the Lapis Luna Romanza, a medium-priced 2005 Lodi Zinfandel (its earthiness is a good match for the rice dishes).
Before you even get to the food, though, you'll have to make a decision: dine inside or out? It's a tough call; both spaces are lovely. The interior is decked out in over-the-top red velvet and dark wood with black-and-white photos of ladies of the night gracing the walls. The patio is a French Quarter-style courtyard with a series of seating areas, outdoor bars, trees lit with strings of tiny lights, covered booths with oversize pillows, and live entertainment. Just be careful if you’re wearing heels; the bricks tend to be a bit uneven.