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The Par Lounge and Deck

Fat Tuesday fell later than usual this year, on March 1st. As has been our tradition for a few years, we always dine at the Par Lounge to enjoy Chef Ben’s great Cajun/Creole specials. This year was an exquisite Jambalaya which I really enjoyed!


Blue Bayou

The quintessential Disneyland dining experience is most definitely the Blue Bayou! This restaurant is steeped in rich history and tradition. If you’re frustrated trying to make reservations in advance, don’t be. They handle walk-ups well, especially between lunch and dinner. My party of 3 was sat immediately around 2:45 in the afternoon. The park itself was completely packed with wall to wall people, but that’s a topic for another write-up.

I ordered one of my favorite dishes, Jambalaya. The version here is an artfully presented deconstructed affair. The shrimps, andouille sausage and chicken all encircle a mound of rice in a rich, zesty creole sauce. I was also pleased to see them offering adult beverages. This is quite rare at the ‘Land. I enjoyed a nice IPA and glass of wine. It helps take the edge off when you see the final bill.

New Orleans by Myra

Excellent “food truck” jambalaya from Myra! I particularly appreciated all the chunks of crawfish throughout. It was a bitter cold day at Pax River but this delicious food purveyor in a small trailer outside just warmed me from the inside out.

Lee Esther’s Creole & Cajun Cooking

Outstanding jambalaya at Lee Esther’s in Palmdale! Chicken, house made sausage, fresh herbs and vegetables slow simmered in a rich, perfectly seasoned tomato based sauce. Served with white rice and garlic bread. You can also add shrimp and/or crawfish for an additional fee. This was a rather unorthodox, deconstructed version of jambalaya, but delicious nonetheless.

Bud’s Louisiana Cafe

Finding a legit Creole restaurant outside of Louisiana is hard to do! Fortunately San Diego is blessed to have Bud’s Louisiana Cafe. Oddly nestled in an industrial area of Kearney Mesa (Viewridge Ave), Bud’s is a must visit!  The cafe is a small casual bistro style restaurant with top-shelf service.  Reservations are recommended.
We started with an order of Creole “Caviar”.  This unique appetizer is a delicious and savory blend of shrimp and crawfish with Creole spices, etc., all blended into a spread that you can daub onto garlic toast. Tasted great straight up!  This appetizer was a total standout.  Would probably taste great on just about anything but ice cream.
We also enjoyed a trio of their appetizer sized cups of jambalaya, seafood gumbo and red beans & rice.  All traditional, classic dishes that completely hit the mark.  Standout for me had to be the gumbo.  I am definitely getting a full bowl of this next time!  Their gumbo is made with a mildly spicy dark roux with shrimp, crab, crawfish, andouille sausage, okra and rice.
Bud’s menu includes a fantastic selection of thoughtful entrees.  Not a single thing looked or sounded unappealing.  I chose “A Taste of New Orleans”.  Includes a generous portion of crawfish etouffee smothered over rice, plus blackened catfish.  In lieu of catfish you can get it with a fried soft-shell crab.  This dish was simply exquisite! Creole comfort food at its finest.
A trip to Bud’s would not be complete without an order of their signature beignets!  An order includes 5 pillowy, hot and tasty French-style doughnuts topped with powdered sugar.
After this visit I definitely felt like laying down, popping my top button, etc.  Bud’s Louisiana Cafe is an outstanding restaurant and most certainly one of my new faves all-around in SoCal!

Yard House

I have a love/hate relationship with Yard House but this time was pretty good. Spicy Jambalaya was tasty but I prefer it cooked in a more traditional, homogeneous style with the rice cooked into everything. Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds, outstanding! Just the right amount of tooth squeak and it’s served with two excellent dipping sauces. Also on the side are a bunch of sharp, pointed wooden skewers. If you order this, make sure you’re dining with nice friends or loved ones and not embroiled in some heated argument. This place also sports one of the most eye-watering draft beer selections I think I’ve ever seen!

Mimi’s Cafe

So-called jambalaya at Mimi’s. Not sure what I was thinking. 🤔

Players Sports Bar

Outstanding jambalaya at Players in Poway! This place has some delicious, unique and reasonably priced dishes.

Players Sports Bar

Surprising dish for an unassuming Sports Bar in Poway. One of my favorite things to eat, I had to try the jambalaya at Players. It was outstanding! Recipe was legit and had tons of shrimp, etc.

Players Sports Bar

Here’s some more amazing foodstuffs from Players Sports Bar in Poway! Outstanding jambalaya and an excellent order of tater skins. Surprisingly good for an unassuming Sports Bar in a Wal Mart parking lot.

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