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On the Bayou


I wanted to go down to Weedon Island Preserve today, so we ate lunch at the Cajun Café on the Bayou.  No surprises in what we ordered, I got the crawfish etouffee and Loren got some gumbo with a salad.

I love the food here.  It’s always so flavorful and fresh.  As much as I tell myself I’m not going to eat the whole plate of food, there’s nothing left when the bill comes.  It was a bit on the spicier side today, but oh, so good.  This time of year it’s also cool out so you can sit on the patio.  Total bill with a drink was $32.

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

Spicy


We were in the mood for some cajun food, so we headed down to Pinellas Park to the Cajun Cafe.  The level of spiciness seems to vary depending on who’s in the kitchen and today’s food was a bit on the extra spicy side.  Loren started off with a bowl of gumbo and I got a side of okra.

The okra was really spicy today.  There was an extra bit of cayenne in that batter.  OoooEeeee!  I had to get some ranch dressing to try to cool it down some.   Loren tried something new today, the shredded pork with a side of jambalaya.

The pork was the only thing we had today that wasn’t spicy.  It was very tender and had an almost sweet flavor to it.  It’s something I’d order, but probably never will because I come here for one dish and it’s the crawfish etoufee.

I love this dish.  It’s so rich and tomatoey and the crawfish have a buttery taste to them.  The spiciness builds up as you eat it, but it’s so good that it’s hard to stop.  But, I ended up taking some of it home because I had to leave room for the whisky bread pudding.

When it comes to the table, you tell yourself that you’re not going to eat that much of it, then you take that first bite and all bets are off.  It’s comfort food with the taste of vanilla and butter and just goodness all around.  We did end up taking half of it home and wished we had more when we ate it later that night.  Total bill with a drink was $49.

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

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Food5/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.8/5

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

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

Spicy Lunch


Craving some etouffee, so that meant a trip down to Pinellas Park to the Cajun Cafe.  We really enjoyed sitting on the back patio watching people drift by in their kayaks.  Loren got Mama Lynn’s supper with okra and a side salad.

The Mama Lynn’s supper is just their etouffee sauce with rice.  The okra was a bit mushy this time.  I usually like it with a little more crunch.  My crawfish etouffee was mighty tasty though.

They definitely don’t skimp on the crawfish.  Sometimes the sauce is fairly mild, sometimes it has a bit of a kick to it.  Today was one of those days where it had a spicy kick, but it was soooo good.  $31 with a drink and so worth the drive.

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

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value3/5
3.6/5