Big Daddy's Crabshack and Oyster Bar Opinions?
Took two friends for a birthday dinner evening about six months ago (to Big Daddy's). Really boring selections for a Cajun restaurant. The two friends had blackened salmon, which was standard salmon dusted with a few spices, very ordinary. I decided to have the super duper lobster, not the regular lobster, supposedly stuffed with sausage. I still swear it was stuffed with mashed potato and a hint of sausage. I YELPED the hell out of the evening and was contacted by a manager. A few emails back and forth and I received a 50 dollar gift card to bribe me for a return. The card still sits on my desk. Yelp has dozens of less than stellar reviews so I guess I am not just an old curmudgeon!
I'm going to try this again without the bits that got my post removed last time, the reasons for which I completely understand....
After spending years actually eating in New Orleans every weekend, I was hoping that Big Daddy's would fill the void as it were...Well, I can say one thing: Cajun this really ain't.
With the St.Lawrence Market mere blocks away, What respectable 'cajun' restaurant would use chorizo instead of freshly made Andouille sausage?
Some of the food is passable - The pork chops, for instance are shockingly good for a chain, but the gumbo and Jambalaya are pale comparisons at best - Campbells's Chunky Chicken and Sausage Gumbo has more depth.
The appetizers, for the most part, are run-of-the-mill, but the motlen goat cheese is very nice, and the corn bread is some of the best that I've had.
Now, this too is off the list.
Ah, how I miss good-ole Cafe New Orleans on Yonge. In a pinch, Growlers (also defunct), made one hell of a gumbo.
I'd say that there are definitely better places in TO...You just have to do some travelling to find 'em.
Don't do it. If you love southern food, Big Daddy's is not for you. The last time I went, the only thing that I and my companions could agree upon was that the food was rather bland. The etouffee in particular didn't have much taste. I work fairly closeby, love southern food yet will not go back.
Ok, at the risk of appearing to have shares in the place (I don't--only eaten there once), I'll post this week's lunch menu at the take-out only spot, Cajun Corner (http://www.cajuncorner.ca/ on Queen St. E. at Logan:
Hope you had a good long weekend.
Thanks for all the sweet comments on last week's menu choices. We're really glad you enjoyed them!
The following is what we'll prepare for y'all this week.
Cajun Dirty Rice with Sweet Corn Bread $5.95
Traditional style Louisiana rice pilaf, with ground pork and beef, and a savoury seasoning blend. Served with sweet corn bread.
Andouille Sausage Gumbo $2.95 (8oz), $5.49 (16oz), $7.95 (24oz
)Plain and simple favourite gumbo with Smokey andouille sausage and okra.
Crawfish Etouffee $6.95
A delicious standard in most New Orleans restaurants, this spicy stew is thick with tender crawfish tails.
Crab File Gumbo $2.95 (8oz), $5.49 (16oz), $7.95 (24oz)
Silky smooth crab gumbo served over rice with a sprinkling of gumbo file powder
Fried Shrimp Po'boys $5.95
Crispy, spicy fried shrimp stuffed into homemade bread, served dressed with remoulade, tomatoes and onions.
Southern Fried Chicken with smothered Okra $ 5.95
Spicy and crisp, yet tender and juicy. This is what fried chicken is supposed to be about. Served with a side of smothered okra
Seafood Gumbo $2.95 (8oz), $5.49 (16oz), $7.95 (24oz)
Crab, shrimp and fish make up the basis of this smooth, flavourful file gumbo.
Muffaletta Sandwich $5.95
New Orleans' famous Italian sandwich with Genoa Salami, Black Forest Ham, Mozzarella, Provolone and imported Olive Salad. Served on home made round loaves.
Catfish Courtbouillon $6.95
A fishing camp favourite, this tomato based stew starts with a butter roux and finishes with sweet fresh catfish. Served hot over rice.
Gumbo LaPlace $2.95 (8oz), $5.49 (16oz), $7.95 (24oz)
From the andouille capitol of Louisiana, this traditional gumbo is slow cooked with andouille sausage and oysters.
Fried Catfish Po'boys $5.95
The classic fried catfish sandwich served dressed with remoulade, tomatoes and lettuce.
See you all at the shop....and if you have any menu suggestions for us, we're always happy to hear them!
Karen and Glenn
I'm surprised to hear all the lousy reviews of Big Daddy's here in Toronto. I've had the surf-and-turf a couple of times, and I'm really looking forward to a third time this weekend. I thought both the lobster and the steak were fantastic, and I really enjoyed the shrimp appetizer too. Oh well... a chacun son gout, I guess.