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There’s not much better than sitting out on the porch at the Cajun Cafe in Pinellas Park looking over the water and enjoying some delicious Cajun food.  Loren started off with a cup of gumbo and we munched on some fried okra while we waited for our entrees.

Lots of flavor, a bit of spice and a nice crunchy exterior on the okra.  So tasty.  We both got etouffee today, one with chicken & one with crawfish.

I love their etouffee sauce.  It’s rich and tomatoey with enough spice to make it interesting.  The crawfish are cooked perfectly and I can’t help but eat the whole thing.  We got a whiskey bread pudding to go because we were too full to eat it there.  Total bill with a drink was $51.

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

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Food5/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere4/5
Value4/5
4.4/5

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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Food4/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.1/5

We spent the day at Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure.  I didn’t get any photos, but we ate lunch at Croissant Moon in Islands of Adventure and dinner at Pat O’Briens in City Walk.

Nothing’s cheap in the amusement parks.  Lunch was $30 for a couple of sandwiches, salad and a piece of cake.  The food was fresh, but nothing to write home about.

Dinner was also $30, but it was really good.  I got the crawfish etouffee and Loren got the taste of New Orleans trio which had a bowl of gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans & rice.  I’d definitely eat at Pat O’Briens again.   We sat outside and it was really dark, but they had portable heaters going so at least it was warm.

 

 

Food3/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.0/5
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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

    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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  • Filed under: Cajun, Dessert, NC