Antoinette Parks, CEO of Creole Kitchen, grew up in restaurants.
Her father, the restaurant’s chef Henry Butcher, has always been a chef, so she spent time as a child wherever he worked. Now, she runs the business operations of the Mount Vernon Avenue restaurant that specializes in food from the bayou. Parks lives on the East Side and although her day job is working for the state, she’s around Creole Kitchen nearly every day. We found out where she dines when she’s not eating jambalaya. —Jill Moorhead
Best Bar: D&S Lounge on Hamilton Road. “I like the people there. It’s a new bar. The place is well decorated, and the service is consistent. They have game night and karaoke. They feed you well. A lot of times, it’s like a big potluck. You’ll be able to go in on a game day and eat almost anything.”
A Night Out: Smokey Bones at Easton. “I love their ribs and get them every time. I order baby backs with dry rub.”
Comfort Food: Golden Corral. “Normally when I go, I’ll do anything with gravy. I’ll get the battered shrimp. And I’ll always go for the prime rib, the mashed potatoes and gravy, the green beans and the salad bar.”
Greek Food: King Gyro on Hamilton Road. “Their portions are nice and they recently just expanded. I love their new dining area. It’s very Mediterranean. It really puts you in a different world.”