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Had to get my cajun food fix, so that means heading down to Pinellas Park to the Cajun Cafe on the Bayou.  Their crawfish etouffee is what keeps me coming back.

It has just the right amount of spicy without being too much for my wimpy taste buds.  There are plenty of crawfish in the dish and it has this creamy, tomatoey buttery texture to it.  Mmm, mmmm, good.  It also comes with a little side salad.

Loren went for a bowl of gumbo and a salad today.

He actually had his eye on some crab cakes, but they were out of them today.  He enjoyed the gumbo and made sure to save some room for dessert.

I’ve become a convert when it comes to whiskey bread pudding.  This stuff is awesome.  For the longest time, I wouldn’t try it thinking the alcohol taste would be too strong, but all you really taste in this dish is a buttery, cinnamon goodness.  We barely ate half of it and the rest came home with us.  For $34, we both left with happy taste buds and full tummies.

Cajun Cafe on the Bayou
8101 Park Blvd
Pinellas Park, FL
727-546-6732

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Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value3/5
4.3/5

After a day of hiking, we stopped in Franklin, NC for dinner at the Cajun Connection Cafe.  This was the tastiest meal we had on our entire vacation.   We started off with some calamari and Loren got a side salad.

The calamari was a little chewy, but had a nice crunch to it.  It had a little bit of spice and the dipping sauce was tasty.  Loren decided to get a mini sampler which included jambalaya, gumbo, and creole.

Though he enjoyed the other two, the jambalaya was definitely his favorite.  It had all the right flavor components with just the right amount of spice.  If we’re ever back this way again, he’d be getting a big ol’ bowl of the jambalaya.  I ordered the crawfish etouffee.

Though it could have used a few more crawfish, the dish was delicious.  Not too spicy, but with an amazing flavor and texture.  After a long day hiking, it really hit the spot.  We couldn’t pass up the bread pudding and I wanted some chocolate cake for later.

The bread pudding was yummy.  We needed more sauce because it was very tasty too.  The chocolate cake was moist and made a great late night snack.  Overall, this was the most flavorful meal we had in North Carolina.  Definitely a place to check out if you’re in the area.  Total bill with a drink was $41.

Cajun Connection Cafe
549 Highlands Rd
Franklin, NC
828-369-6288

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5
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  • We ate dinner at the Cajun Cafe tonight.  It’s really nice out on the patio watching the river flow by.  Loren started off with a salad and I got some fried okra.

    The okra was nice and crunchy.  I ordered the same thing I always get, the crawfish etouffee and Loren got the gumbo.

    They were trying out new combos on the menu and included a salad with my etouffee.  Both dishes were yummy as usual.  I wish I could duplicate their etouffee sauce, but I’m never able to get it quite right at home.

    We’d been eyeing the whiskey bread pudding for a while, but never tried it thinking the alcohol taste would be too strong.  We gave in tonight and now we regret not having ordered it sooner.  It was delicious.

    Definitely plenty for two people and the sauce was buttery and worked great with the French bread they use.  Even when I thought I couldn’t take another bite, I kept going back for one more spoonful.  Total bill with a drink was $40.

    Cajun Cafe on the Bayou
    8101 Park Blvd
    Pinellas Park, FL
    727-546-6732

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    Food5/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value3/5
    4.0/5

    Met my sister in Winter Park today for the annual birthday gift exchange.  Our birthdays are 5 days apart, so since she lives on the east coast of Florida and me on the west, we usually meet in the middle. We ate lunch at Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen.

    I was craving some crawfish etouffee.

    It was ok, not spicy at all.  I guess I like the version at the Cajun Cafe in Pinellas Park so much, that any etouffee that differs significantly from that just doesn’t satisfy the craving.  It had a nice blend of flavors, but overall just seemed a bit too mellow.

    My sister ordered the chicken gumbo and half a muffuletta sandwich.

    She was a bit surprised at how big half a sandwich was.  She enjoyed both items though.  Said she preferred black olives instead of the green that were on this sandwich, but that it was still tasty.  Needless to say, half of the half went home with her.  Total bill with a drink was $30.

    Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen
    2203 Aloma Ave
    Winter Park, FL
    (407) 672-5753

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    Food3/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Cajun, Winter Park
  • We headed into Tarpon Springs tonight for my birthday dinner.  I wanted to go back to the Zante Cafe.  We’ve just never been disappointed by the food here.

    The fresh rolls are so buttery and garlicy and just melt in your mouth.

    Next up is the gumbo which also has amazing flavors.

    At this point, our taste buds are very happy, but my water glass is lacking ice and the restaurant is a bit warm.  I don’t know if it was just our seat by the window or what, but it was uncomfortably warm in there tonight.  The owner’s children wait the tables and tonight they just weren’t on the ball.  I had to ask for ice several times before it showed up and my water glass got empty a few times as well.  They would say they were going to bring things out, but then quickly forgot.

    Our crab cake appetizer came next.

    You gotta love crab cakes that are mostly crab.  These are so flavorful and delicious and the sauce isn’t very spicy, which I like.  For our entrees, Loren ordered the crawfish etouffee and I got one of the specials.

    He ordered the etouffee with a spice level of 2.5 out of 5 and he was sniffling a bit by the end.  Deep, rich flavors in this dish make it a winner.  The special I ordered was called mo-fun-go or something like that.  It was lamb shank pulled off the bone with pasta, eggplant, onions, mushrooms, carrots, tomato and a sprinkling of feta cheese.

    It was very tasty.  It had a good “mouth-feel” to it.  There was way more on the plate than I could eat, plus I was just uncomfortably warm and my water glass was empty, but it’ll make good leftovers.  Total bill after the $25 Restaurant.com coupon was $32.  As much as I love the food in this restaurant, I just wish they were able to get an actual waitstaff.

    Zante Cafe Neo
    13 N Safford Ave
    Tarpon Springs, FL
    727-934-5558

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    Food5/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5