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Feb 7, 2005 01:56 PM

Cajun and Creole Restaurants

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Does anyone know if there are any restaurants in Toronto, other than Southern Accent, serving great and authentic Cajun and Creole food? On a tight budget, so would prefer something not too pricey! Thanks for your help.

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  1. New Orleans Desire
    2050 Ave. Rd. (Wilson Ave.) Toronto, ON, M5M 4A6 (416) 488-5947

    I haven't been here in a long time (3 years) but it was very good when I last went. Maybe other hounds can update me on this one. Or comment on the menu (i dont remember it well).

    3 Replies
    1. re: Monte

      New Orleans Desire, went there recently. Good authentic cajun food, blackened fish, jambalayas, cajun mussels... I am pretty sure they are offering the Winterliscious menu right now too.

      1. re: Alex

        In Mississauga, we are spoiled by 3 amazing locations of Lucy's Seafood Kitchen, "N'aw Lins" style Mardi Gras menu on now...


        1. re: The Brother

          Yeah; Lucy's is OK .... good atmosphere & decent food.
          There is a Lucy's 1 mile from my house; we drive right by it on our way to Sammy's Creole !

          Give Sammy's a try


    2. big daddy's crabshack on king w isn't particularly authentic, but they've got crawdaddies and decent cocktails.

      1. Has been there forever.
        Always a favorite; gotta try the 'gumbo yaya'.
        The heated multi-level sunroom out back is positively tropical .... definitely worth checking out.

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        1. re: stewart

          Sammy's is an institution! If you are hungry (really hungry!) go for the seafood feast for two. The back room is definitely the place to be transported to summer days for the evening...

          Coconut shrimp are excellent. Love this place.

          1. re: Shiro Miso

            Unfortunately, I must offer an alternate opinion. We live in walking distance of Sammy's and were excited to have a unique restaurant like this when we moved to the area.

            We've tried it on 3 separate occasions that included weeknights, weekends and with large and small groups.

            All have had some positives, but many more negatives.

            The staff are friendly , but overall, I found the service to be rather slow and unnattentive.

            The menu has great selection, but is expensive for many things, and the execution is not to the level I would expect for a restaurant specializing in the cuisine. I've found the fish to be dry, their blackening rub to be overly salted and their Gumbo below par.

            We've travelled to New Orleans and into the remote regions of Louisiana since then and have sampled the dishes they were supposed to be.

            Maybe they'll turnaround, but the place looks empty as I walk by it on many weeknights, so you have to wonder.

            1. re: Peter

              The best, and closest to New Orleans food is in Peterborough at Hot Belly Mama's on George street. The cook who started it is now moved on to catering, his name's Neil Laurenzon and I just had some pulled pork from his smoker...oh my goodness. If you are ever in the area I highly reccomend it. Or if you are needing a great Cajun cook for a catered event, call Niel. I don't have his contact information, but Hot Belly's in Peterborough will. I know you are looking for a Toronto Cajun, but so far I haven't found one. I went to N'awlins one night and a server had the gall to tell me there was no hot sauce, and that Creole food does not require it. What???

            2. re: Shiro Miso

              is there a new telephone number for Sammy's?? the one provided by any google search does't seem to work.

              1. re: andrewpunzo

                That's because the place has been closed for over two years.

          2. It isn't a sit down spot but the food at Cajun Corner in Leslieville is awesome! Their catfish po'boys are pretty awesome. Also they so different specials during the week.

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            1. re: Otonabee

              I would second Cajun Corner for takeout, had a shrimp po'boy and gumbo, and both were very good. I missed it last year, but I'm hoping turducken makes an appearance on the menu again for the holiday season.

              1. re: munch

                And you can actually eat in Cajun Corner. There's a couple of tables, although they tend to fill up quickly. I agree it's a great place and stop by for lunch frequently.

                1. re: rsvp7777

                  Actually that is true. We went there one morning for their down home southern breakfast. Eggs, hams and grits followed by cafe du monde coffee and beignets. mmmmmm

              2. re: Otonabee

                I think Cajun Corner is the best/most authentic in TO, for sure. The little cafe is great, and it is manned by a young guy who is actually from the south and learned to cook there. Not to be missed dishes include the gumbo, po' boys and beignets...mmm. Also, they have great fried chicken that only costs $5 for 3 pieces at dinner. An added bonus is that you can shop after your meal for Community coffee or Cafe du Monde, Tasso Ham, Boudin sausage, spices and root beer syrup not to mention music and other goodies. We love this place.

                1. re: bogie

                  aye aye, that kid is quite the cook.
                  he can be a bit testy at times (I think it's the culture shock)
                  but for true he can cook!

              3. There is a restaurant on Scarlett, in btn St Clair and Eglinton, west side that serves some Cajun/ Creole food. It is very small & keeps irregular hours, so you are best to phone first. Their gumbo is quite good, their veg sides are extraordinary (simply prepared and fresh fresh fresh) and their staff, especially the owner, are lovely. Can't for the life of me remember the name of it. Although I wouldn't call it downhome Cajun, I would say that it is definitely worth the trip to the west end.

                St Clair Restaurant
                69 St Clair St, Chatham, ON N7L3H8, CA