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Cajun somewhere in San Jose, San Francisco, or on the Peninsula?

I've got a colleague flying into the Bay Area in the next couple
weeks, and he's expressed a non-specific interest in Cajun dining. Hunch is that this isn't the best part of the nation for that kind of food, but I'd be interested in any current recommendations. Searched the board a bit but see lots of mostly older postings.

He'll be staying in San Jose, but I live in San Francisco, so something in either town or on the peninsula would be fine.
Would lean toward a place that works well for a decent sit-down
meal.

What's the story on this Kingfish restaurant in San Mateo?
Am seeing some mixed reviews, though some may be targetted at
the now-closed San Francisco location. Many of the older
postings on the San Mateo location sound positive. Any recent
experiences?

Thanks,
J.

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  1. I saw a place w/the word Cajun on its black awning. Wish I caught the name but I was driving slowly enough as it was w/impatient cars behind. On Irving around 8th Av... Not PJ's.

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    1. re: Sarah

      Ooops, I checked CitySearch, and it was PJ's Oysterbed.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        We had a family dinner at Andrew Jaeger's two weeks ago and had a fine time. The Condor Club, honky-tonk atmosphere does make it feel a lot like the French Quarter and especially with the live jazz. Our server, Amanda, was just great and added to the warmth and color of our meal. She's one of the refugees and is putting down roots here. I'll post more about the food soon, but in the meantime, here's the slideshow.

        http://flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/...

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Really enjoyed the pics and would be interested in any
            additional detail on menu items. Current leaning is to try
            this place out in a couple of weeks, and I always enjoy visitting restaurants armed with item recommendations.
            Food looks good, and the venue appears reasonably entertaining and convenient.

            Thanks,
            J.

          1. re: kc72

            Nola's forte isn't really the food. It's more about the drinks and the bar scene.

            1. re: kc72

              I don't know about how Cajun, but NOLA does have a great teriyaki skirt steak sandwich, they serve it with onion strings on the sandwich, tomato and aioli- delish

            2. Cajun pacific in SF is open this weekend. Quite a fun place with authentic food. Very small and funky. Middle of nowhere.

              http://www.cajunpacific.com

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              1. re: NoeMan

                Second this place. It's small and casual. They are open on some weekday nights. (I'm on their email list, so I get alerts as to when).
                I go for the Dungeness Crab fest every year. Drool. Two weeks and counting.

                1. re: Sebby

                  Just glanced at the menu and this place does look good.
                  Will definitely plan to try it. Current thinking is that
                  we'll be dining on a Wednesday, which means it may not be open, and the location is a bit out of the way, so I'll probably sample this another time.

                  Could you provide more detail on the "Dungenes Crab fest"?
                  Is this a seasonal offering of several crab dishes? At
                  a "somewhat discounted" price (never sure if "fest" implies "reduced cost")? May be interested in heading out there for something like this...

                  Thanks,
                  J.

                  1. re: jflesh

                    Sign up for their email alerts from their website. Sorry, I deleted the one I got a few days ago, so I can't paste it here.

                    Dungeness season the the Bay Area opens in two weeks. So they have nights were it's an all crab menu. You have to make reservations, they do two seatings. You preorder a full or half crab. It's a prix fixe, I can't remember the price $35-40?.

                    Last year we had crab bisque, three types of appz (crab cheese puffs, crab egg roll, crab stuffed mushroom), and then your Dungy. It was roasted with Pernod ...it's different every year. There is also roasted potatos and a side salad served family style. And lots and lots of melted buter dripping down to your elbows.

                    They ususally serve Ciao Bello sorbet for desert.
                    Oh, and one glass of wine or a beer. You pay extra if you want more.

                    I usually order the whole crab and take leftovers home to make crab cakes the next day.

              2. There's also CreoLa in San Carlos though I've not been there.

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                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  CreoLa is great - I was just there for dinner a couple of weeks ago. I had the Crawfish Popcorn and the Shrimp Etouffe. My companion had the Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya. We had the beignets and a delicious chocolate dessert. Total for two people with a good bottle of zin - $110.

                  Of the Cajun/Creole restaurants I have been to in the Bay Area (Cajun Pacific, Gingerbread House, Poor House Bistro), I've liked CreoLa the best. The service is attentive and the setting is elegant.

                  1. re: plainjane

                    i have been to gingerbread house and it was not that great. Reminded me of the tourist traps down in the quarter. looking forward to trying CreoLa soon.