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We decided to do some geocaching in Lake Seminole Park today and I realized the Cajun Cafe was close by so that was our lunch stop on the way to the park.

Granted, I don’t normally eat anything spicy, but the shrimp etoufee at the Cajun Cafe has won me over.

Mind you, this is the least spicy thing on the menu and the only thing I ever eat here, but it is just so good.  I’ve tried to make it at home, but I just can’t get the same flavors.  Onions, peppers, celery, and shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce with rice. Mmmmm, mmmmm, good.

Loren started out with some gumbo.

It has a very dark flavor to it.  Made with a dark, rich roux.  I can eat a little of the broth with some bread, but the andoille sausage is very spicy.  Lots of yummy flavors melding together.

He got a crab cake wrap with some fried okra for his entree.

The okra was good.  Crispy on the outside, nice and mushy on the inside.  He said the crabcake was tasty too, especially with the spicy roumalade sauce.

It’s nice being able to sit on the back deck and just look out on the river.  It ran us $35 for the gumbo, two entrees, and a drink.

And this is what we ran into when we went to the park:

I think he was eyeballing us as a tasty lunch treat.  😉

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

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Power Lunch


What to do when you need to discuss a potential $100,000 project?  Have a cajun lunch!

Went to one of the boss’ favorite lunch dives today, the Cajun Cafe in Pinellas Park.  Situated right on the waters of Cross Bayou right next to the Wagon Wheel flea market, it’s the only real Cajun restaurant that I know of in Pinellas county.  Their food is very authentic and quite good.  Most of it is also spicy!  There isn’t much on the menu that isn’t at least somewhat hot.  Cathy doesn’t do spicy food, and she absolutely loves their Shrimp Étouffée… but won’t touch anything else on the menu other than maybe the Gumbo because she thinks it’s too spicy.

We started off with a basket of their Cajun Popcorn (spicy batter-fried crawfish), which is worth going there for by itself.

I usually go for the Chicken Étouffée, same sauce as Cathy’s Shrimp Étouffée, just with chicken.  A little less expensive and just as good.  (in fact, sometimes I just get their “Mama Lynn’s supper”, which is the plain sauce over rice!)  That’s what I had today, but sadly, for the first time ever, I had an iffy meal.  The chicken tasted funny, and I don’t like taking chances with chicken.  So, I just ate around it and enjoyed the sauce and rice!  It was more than I needed to eat for lunch, anyway.  When our waiter came around, I told him the chicken was a little off, he took it back to the kitchen and took my entree off of our bill.  Even offered to bring me something else.  Great service, as always.

Fritz had his usual Aligator Sauce Piquant, which comes with a written warning on the menu, and they are required to caution you when you order it to be sure you understand that it’s HOT.  No complaints from Fritz, but I don’t even like my food to get too close to that dish!  Ash had a bowl of Jambalaya, which is REALLY good stuff, just a little spicier than what I wanted today.

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

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