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Jul 20, 2006 12:16 AM

Any Cajun/Creole restaurants in the East Bay?

Short of having gumbo at Dorsey's Locker or some other soul food joint, are there any Cajun/Creole restaurants in Berkeley/Oakland or nearby? Angeline's is not open yet.

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  1. I haven't been there for years and the gumbo doesn't compare to the homemade, but the Gingerbread House on Fifth (you can see it off BART with all kinds of curley ques off the roof!) is pretty good. Here's the website:


    1. No, no, no. Stay away from that place, it's awful. Any faint resemblance to Cajun would be purely accidental. I know of none currently.

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      1. re: rtmonty

        Which place? Gingerbread House, Dorsey's Locker, or La Bayou?

      2. I haven't been inside but have passed by La Bayou Cajun & Creole 3278 Adeline Street in Berkeley. Maybe someone can chime in with any experiences.

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        1. re: Scott M

          I live around there & I don't know the story about this place but my impression is that someone bought the place & never changed the decor or the name.
          I was in there awhile ago..probably a year or so when I moved into the area. The po'boy ..there was nothing resembling a po'boy when I got looked like it came on a hotdog bun. My girls ended up getting a burger & onion rings..onion rings tasted like Albertson's frozen onion rings.
          Red beans & rice ..ugh..looked & tasted like it came from a box.
          So I haven't been back since. I don't know what the food is like lately. The decor was cool..very New Orleans. Mural on the wall..mardi gras beads..etc. Hopefully it's gotten better. Maybe I'll stop in this weekend & see if it's improved.

          1. re: sugarbuzz

            Used to go there regularly, but the couple who opened L.A. Bayou sold out after they were both held up at gunpoint and sued by someone who tripped after they let her nuse their bathroom. I haven't been back there since. I may have to "settle" for Popeye's.

          1. I think it was bought by a Korean guy, who added BBQ and burritos to the menu.