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New Orleans style food in Phoenix?

I spent the last week in Louisianna. It was some of the greatest food I have experienced in a long time.

Does anyone know of a place in Phoenix that serves good New Orleans style food?

In particular I am looking for a good mufelletta and possibly crawfish etoufee....

Thanks,
Paul

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  1. Baby Kay's at 20th Street and Camelback is decent enough. Not the best in the world, but there are some tasty items on the menu including, I believe, Crawfish Etoufee. I am not sure if they serve Mufellettas.

    The only other place I know of is Voodoo Daddy's, but I think the food is terrible.

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    1. re: Seth Chadwick

      Thanks. I always appreciate your recommendations. Can't wait to try it..

      1. re: Seth Chadwick

        We're big fans of Baby Kay's. I like their gumbo and jambalaya. Not sure how authentic it is, but it's good. The Jack Daniels sundae is a great dessert as well.

      2. Aside from Seth's rec. for Bayb Kay's, there is not that much here, any more. Justin's Rajun Cajun on Cave Creek above Thunderbird/Cactus was OK, but it has gone. I've heard of a few others, out in the hinterlands, but have yet to try them.

        Though I detest "chains" on a whole, I have had some interesting (and I mean this in a good way) meals at the Papadeux on the N-bound I-17 Service Road, around Dunlap. It has a live-music patio, and is always filled, BUT, their "shrimp stew," (actaully a seafood gumbo) is very good. It's much better than their "seafood gumbo." I have also enjoyed their fried shrimp dinners, though they are far, far too heavy on the fries. Wife has had a few good soft-shelled crabs (in season now), that I enjoyed bites of, as well. It is not great, but will do in a pinch.

        That said, wife is a NOLA native, and I grew up in the environs, so we do know LA dining, and wife could well be a chef in NOLA, if she wasn't so busy doing other things.

        Until I get to some of the out-of-the-way spots on my list, I'd give Baby Kay's a big thumbs up for the Phoenix Area. I DID think that it was a tad better, when Kay Romero was in the kitchen, though she checks in quite often.

        In the meantime, laissez le bon temps roulette,
        Hunt

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        1. re: Bill Hunt

          Swift's Restaurant Bar & Lounge at 2655 West Guadalupe Road #17 in Mesa has some Cajun on the menu. They're just east of loop 101. The one time we ate there it was excellent but we've had trouble catching them when they're open since. The hours seem to be kind of spotty so it would probably be best to call ahead. Their website http://www.swiftrestaurant.com/ includes the menu.

          1. re: Doug in Mesa

            Wow, thanks so much for this, it looks very, very interesting. I may have to drive over soon to check it out.

            1. re: Doug in Mesa

              Excellent!! I see they have a Muffelletta on the menu. I can't wait to try it...

            2. re: Bill Hunt

              i actually was stuck in albuqueque on business without a car once and was within walking distance to papadeux among a bunch of other chains. i actually ate there 3 nights in a row. they had awesome hot crusty french bread and i think i did mix of lobster & crawfish bisques that i enjoyed (though i have a predisposition for lobster bisque). didn't know there was one here.

            3. Paul,

              I'm afraid that your attempts at anything closely resembling what you had in New Orleans will be futile. I was raised in Louisiana and lived in Phoenix for 10 years before moving to VA this year.

              Over and over people would tell me about this restaurant or another and I was disappointed over and over. I did not care for Baby Kay's at all. I went there only once about 9 years ago and was not impressed. I tried it again about a year ago out of desperation and laziness (I didn't want to make my own etoufee) and I was sorry.

              I just stopped trying. The ingredients are not that exotic, I don't know why it can't be done well.

              I hate to be so dismal in my response, but it's honest.

              Stick to what Phoenix does best...Mexican and leave Cajun and Creole for your next trip to Nola.

              Lassiez les bons temps rouler!

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              1. re: geg5150

                Thanks for the info. I am already planning for a trip next year during Crawfish Season. My mouth is watering already!

                1. re: geg5150

                  Geg -

                  Have to completely agree with you - my first ever experience to Cajun was Baby Kay's (years and years ago) which left me "not a fan of NOLA food" until I went to NOLA for the first time 7 years ago...now every time someone recommends BCK I cringe - and I'm grateful that I've had "real" Cajun food! I'm with you - when someone says we don't have good Tacos here - I beg to differ...when someone says BKK is great Cajun, I just imagine what it was like everywhere in NOLA from a greasy little kitchen to small and beautiful restaurants.

                2. There is a new "creole BBQ" place going in on the east side of 19th Ave at Whitton (just north of Osborn) at the location that used to house Ramon's. Last time I drove by, it didn't seem like it was open for business yet. The location is pretty near our house, so I'll try to keep an eye out for signs of life.

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                  1. re: hohokam

                    hi,

                    i tried that place this week - i had the brisket sandwhich..

                    really really smoky flavor. great meat, nice bun. decent fries...

                    but from my friends who went for dinner? the ribs were the clear winner. its not a 'wet' bbq place, and not just a dry rub...but it is really smoky.

                    it's called town talk 2, and its called that because their dad opened the first town talk in 1949 on washington and 12th street..

                    but i've only been the once, and got it to go so im not sure about the service.....i was hoping to get another meal or 2 in there before a formal review ;) but you beat me to it....

                    1. re: winedubar

                      Oh no--you're the one who's in the lead here. I didn't even know they were open yet. Definitely sounds like it's worth trying even if it's not the sort of food the OP is looking for.

                      1. re: hohokam

                        np, hohokam, great minds think alike!! - my compliments to you for even noticing the spot. ramon's looked plenty scary - im glad its a much happier place now..

                        i'd happily go back and try some more stuff, thats for sure....the best part were the family that runs it - they all waved from the kitchen and said thank you - i got the order to go, and thought that was really sweet...

                        everyone's so super friendly im hoping the do well.

                      2. re: winedubar

                        Man, that sounds great. Gotta' try it myself. Thanks.

                        Hunt

                    2. I was driving back to work after lunch and noticed a new restaurant called Cajun Seafood Corner (the sign out front says "Now Open") on Dobson, just south of Baseline Road. Had I not already eaten, I would have stopped in to investigate. =)

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                      1. re: ggdinero

                        Sounds interesting. I'll have to try it..

                        1. Has anyone tried Taste of New Orleans? I think it's in Tempe... I've been to Tempe's Voodoo Daddy's and Baby Kay's with a friend who lived in Louisiana. We were unimpressed. Haven't been back since. I prefer Redfish Grill in Chandler, one of only two US locations. I love the grilled crabcake sandwich and their sweet potato fries (the best in the valley, although I haven't yet tried Delux, Simply Burgers, or Outback versions). The BBQ Cherry-cola burger is also quite tasty. I've eaten a few Cajun/Creole dishes there and found them to be good, but I like my crabcakes and sweet potato fries :)