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Tampa - Hidden Gems?

For real NOLA food, go to the Cajun Cafe on the Bayou in Pinellas Park. It's the real deal. They get their boudin from Poche's in Breau Bridge, La., and it's excellent. Their gumbo is as good as I've ever had! Best Cajun in Florida.

May 18, 2011
1stmakearoux in Florida

Looking for "meat + 3" in Tampa

That sounds like exactly what I'm looking for! Thanks, CandlerBull!

May 17, 2011
1stmakearoux in Florida

Looking for "meat + 3" in Tampa

I have to drive from Naples to Moffitt Cancer once a month for treatment, and I'm looking for a good "meat + 3" restaurant, preferably close to Moffitt.

May 13, 2011
1stmakearoux in Florida

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

The worst burger I ever had was at Ruby Tuesdays. The fries weren't wort a damn, either.

May 13, 2011
1stmakearoux in Features

What makes Jambalaya Jambalaya?

In simple terms, "jambalaya" can be broken down as so: "jambon" is the French word for "ham". "a la", the French term for "with", and "ya" is the African word for "rice." So put it all together and you have "Ham with rice."

Feb 20, 2011
1stmakearoux in Home Cooking

Finally made it!

I've read several posts re The Cajun Cafe, and I finally had a chance to go there. What a treat! Everything was fabulous! The boudin, both in links or "balls," was top notch, the dirty rice was a treat, but the star was the gumbo. I've eaten gallons of gumbo over the years, but theirs is the best I've ever tasted. Lassez le bon temps rouler!

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Cajun Cafe On the Bayou
8101 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Dec 11, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Looking for Cajun in Tampa/St. Pete

That's what I was looking for! Many thanks!

Nov 30, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Looking for Cajun in Tampa/St. Pete

I recall a few months ago, there was a thread re a Cajun restaurant in St. Pete. Of course, I lost it somewhere, but I'm going to Tampa for a few days and I'd sure like to find it! I tried searching, but nothing turned up.

Nov 29, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Raw oysters, crabs. Looking for current posts for Naples/Marco Island

Try the Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland (Marco Island) for stone crabs. Or if you stay in Naples, be sure to go to Kelly's Fish House. No disappointments at either place.

Nov 29, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Boiled peanuts

Publix has them in the produce section on occasion

Jun 19, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Inca's Kitchen Naples

I was there last week for the third time....it just keeps getting better! Let me know if you get a group together.

Jun 19, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Inca's Kitchen Naples

Wow! Second time around, this time for lunch. Awesome! I had the wari and grilled veggies. Delightful!

May 28, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Naples Bakery?

Just a quick second for the French Bread Oven. Their "pain du chocolat" is divine!

May 28, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Inca's Kitchen Naples

Two of us had the pleasure of dinner at Inca's last Sunday evening. A total five star delight! In addition to the wonderful creative food, I was impressed by the knowledge of our server. She explained everything perfectly, and took wonderful care of us. We'll be back!

May 22, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Columbia, SC

You have to try Maurice's Piggy Park BBQ. I don't much like his politics, but his BBQ is wonderful!

Apr 17, 2010
1stmakearoux in Southeast

Fried Chicken---Deep Fryer or Cast Iron Skillet

That's really a toss-up. I fry it both ways, either in a large 14" cast iron skillet or a large cast iron Dutch oven. Both work equally well. If you want to make gravy, I'd suggest the skillet. I think the secret is to triple dip the seasoned chicken pieces, first in flour, then in an egg wash, and finally in a seasoned flour such as Drakes or Kentucky Kernel. After that, let it rest for at least 20 minutes before frying. That will ensure that the breading will stick to the chicken. 350 degrees it the ideal temp for either method. Good luck!

Mar 25, 2010
1stmakearoux in Home Cooking

Fried mullet sandwich in Naples

I was reading an article about our recently deceased sheriff, Aubrey Rogers. In the article, it said the Sheriff Rogers always had mullet and grits for lunch every Friday. Does anyone know where to find such a wonderful lunch?

Mar 23, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Looking for Marco Island, FL restaurants

I've always liked Verdi's, Mozart's, Kretch's, and best of all, the Little Bar in Goodland.

Mar 12, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Steak and Eggs Hash

This is very similar to a a recipe from James Beard, only he called it "Prime Rib Hash," and used left over prime rib. It's a regular anytime I have prime rib for dinner.

Feb 20, 2010
1stmakearoux in Recipes

Cheap Eats in Key West, FL?

Pork or chicken. I wish we hadn't started this....now I'm drooling...

Jan 15, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Cheap Eats in Key West, FL?

I agree Kempshark. El Siboney is my favorite KW restaurant

Jan 14, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Snooks in Marco Island

You mean The Snook Inn? Yes, it's open. Especially for the tourists.

Jan 08, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

Where should I eat in Naples, FL?

My all time Naples favorite is Kelly's Fish House, right on US41 at the Gordon River Bridge. They have their own boats and have been in business since the early 50s. Locally owned and operated. Best of the best!
For great Cuban, try Fernandez the Bull on Airport Road. Great chicken and pork!
Neither is fancy nor pricey, just good eats.

Jan 08, 2010
1stmakearoux in Florida

NE FLA/SE GA Barbecue

I ALWAYS make it a point to hit the GA Pig in Brunswick. Wonderful BBQ, wonderful Brunswick Stew. My favorite.

Dec 03, 2009
1stmakearoux in Florida

Non Seafood Places in Key West

Here's another vote for El Siboney, my very favorite restaurant in Key West. Authentic, reasonable, tasty Cuban food.

Oct 27, 2009
1stmakearoux in Florida

Has anyone ever had a Turducken.????

A friend of mine made one last year, and it was delicious! If I were to buy one commercially made, I wouldn't even consider one from anywhere except Louisiana. Try Comeaux's or Cajun Grocer.

Oct 19, 2009
1stmakearoux in General Topics

Scent: Oven dinners. Question for you: What has the all time best cooking aroma in your house?

Bacon, onions, garlic....separately or in any combination

Oct 09, 2009
1stmakearoux in General Topics

Dining in Key West

My favorite is El Siboney. Real Cuban food, reasonable prices. Somewhat off the beaten path.

Sep 25, 2009
1stmakearoux in Florida

man vs food?

I couldn't agree more. I admit I never watched an entire segment. I couldn't bear it. Uncivilized trash.

Sep 25, 2009
1stmakearoux in Food Media & News

Best Cajun Spice Rubs

Tony Chachere's, Zatarain's, and Rendezvous.

Sep 22, 2009
1stmakearoux in General Topics