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Oh, Cajun Cafe on the Bayou, you make such amazing food.

There was fried okra, spicy and crunchy, then some crab cakes, gumbo, and my go -to dish, the crawfish etouffee.  There’s also whiskey bread pudding that will get consumed later.  We were too full to eat it there.  We just love the flavors of everything they make here.  The etouffee is always delicious, sometimes spicier than others (this was one of those times), but I still manage to eat the entire thing.  It’s $50 well spent.

Cajun Cafe on the Bayou 
8101 Park Blvd
Pinellas Park, FL

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  • Filed under: Cajun
  • Lots of Food

    We stopped at the Crispy Cajun in Clearwater for dinner tonight.  It’s a little restaurant putting out a lot of tasty food at very reasonable prices.  They were busy when we got there and people kept coming in both for take out and to eat in the entire time we were there. The menu didn’t feel Cajun to me because there were so many varied things on it from hamburgers to fried chicken to crab rangoons as well as the things I expected like jambalaya, po-boys and red beans and rice.

    Loren went for the jambalaya dinner which was enough to feed several people.


    It looked like take out Chinese food to me, but the flavors were all Cajun.  He ordered it medium spicy and it had way more heat in it than I could eat.  It was a huge portion with andouille sausage, shrimp, chicken, vegetables and rice.  The sauce had a deep, dark flavor to it that Loren thoroughly enjoyed.  I went for the oyster po-boy and added a side of okra and red beans and rice.




    The okra was cooked perfectly.  We just sat and munched on those throughout the meal.  The small portion was plenty for two, maybe three people.  The red beans and rice had a nice flavor as well.  As for the po-boy, my only complaint is that the tartar sauce on it overwhelmed the entire sandwich.  I couldn’t taste anything else.  I finally pulled out one of the oysters and it was very good.  If I ordered it again, I would get it without the tartar sauce.  The amazing part of this entire meal is that we got all this food for $23.  We don’t know how they can stay in business serving this much fresh, tasty food for such low prices.

    Crispy Cajun
    2097 Drew St
    Clearwater, FL

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  • Filed under: Cajun, Clearwater
  • The last time we were in North Carolina, we found the Cajun Connection Cafe and really loved the food, so planned to go back there this visit.  When we drove up, the restaurant name had changed to the Captain’s House.  We were all ready to go some where else, but decided to give it a try.  I’m glad we did because they still had the Cajun Connection menu.

    We just wanted a little bit of everything, so we ordered a salad, a cup of gumbo, a cup of red beans and rice, a cup of blue crab soup, and a bowl of ettouffe.






    It was supposed to be crawfish ettouffe, but they were out of crawfish, so they substituted shrimp instead.  The shrimp was cooked and seasoned well, but I would have preferred the crawfish.  My favorite dish was the blue crab soup.  It was creamy and had a nice crab flavor.  All of the other dishes were good though.  Nothing was killer spicy, but it was all flavorful.  And we couldn’t pass up the bread pudding.


    This was like a cinnamon roll bread pudding. Very addictive.  Lots of cinnamon flavor, plus the whisky cream sauce made for a perfect ending to a tasty meal.  Total bill with a drink was $28.

    Captain’s House
    1060 Highlands Rd
    Franklin, NC

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  • Filed under: Cajun, Dessert, NC
  • All Loren had to do was mention Cajun food and off we went down to the Cajun Cafe in Pinellas Park.  Fried okra, gumbo, and some crawfish etouffee and some whiskey bread pudding to take home.





    No photo of the bread pudding, it got devoured a few hours later.  The weather was nice enough that we were able to sit on the patio, watch the river and enjoy some delicious food.  This place is always consistent and always delivers wonderful flavors.  Total bill with a drink was $40.

    Cajun Cafe on the Bayou 
    8101 Park Blvd
    Pinellas Park, FL

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    So Slow

    We were driving back from The Fringe in Orlando and stopped at Harry’s Seafood in Lakeland for dinner.  We were seated very quickly in the back of the restaurant and then the waiting began.  Once our server finally showed up, he was an extremely polite and friendly guy, but unfortunately that doesn’t make up for the continuous waiting and incorrect things that happened with our meal.  Our waiter brought out some bread.



    It was warm and crusty and the herbed butter was tasty.  Good thing we had it because the wait was pretty long for our entrees.  Loren ordered the redfish with a side of collards.




    He enjoyed them both.  The fish was cooked well and not overly spicy.  I ordered the crawfish etoufee.



    When the waiter took my order, he asked if I wanted green onions on it or not.  I said no, but when it arrived it was covered in them.  I sent it back and from what was returned back to me, I can only surmise that someone just took it back to the kitchen & picked them all off of the same dish.  It was a bit spicier than I remembered from the last time I had it here.  I ended up taking half of it home with me.  We decided to try the chocolate bread pudding for dessert.



    This was an unusual dish.  It was brownie-yet-bread like and went very well with the sauce and ice cream.  We both enjoyed it.  It wasn’t overly chocolatey, but interesting.  Here’s where the waiting started again.  We actually watched another table get seated and then walk out when no one ever came to take their order.  Loren’s drink order was wrong and the amount of time we spent just sitting there waiting was ridiculous.  I don’t know if they were short staffed or what, but they definitely needed better coverage in the back area where we were seated.  Total bill with a drink was $44.

    Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill
    101 N Kentucky Ave
    Lakeland, FL
    (863) 686-2228

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