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crawdaddy in carrboro

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This is where the old Bandido's used to be. They are fixing the place up & I saw a sign that said it was a 'cajun cafe'. Hmm, well I feel so-so about cajun food, so I hope they have good fish stews...anyone know more?

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  1. Haven't heard anything, but please keep us posted! I love cajun food! Something that would be a great addition to the area.

    1. Where is this? The only Bandido's I know of in Carrboro is across from Milltown. Is that the location you're talking about? I also really love cajun food.

      1. I'm also excited for this. It is the Bandido's across from Milltown (ArtCenter parking lot). If anyone is looking for a cajun fix to tide them over, I had the gumbo at the BBQ Joint for lunch today and it was exceptional (not as much okra as most gumbos but full of their house cured andouille and smoked chicken so all the better)

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        1. re: brokegradstudent

          Yes, apologies all for my obscure directions, it's right across the street from Milltown. I rode by today and the paper is off the windows and there is a 'hiring' sign so it should be opening very soon.

          1. re: Rory

            This is exciting - I can't wait. Now if we could just get a moroccan restaurant in the neighborhood ... (a girl can dream).

        2. From the Independent...

          Patio Loco, however, did shut down in December, and the property is up for lease. And Tony Sustaita, who owns Bandido's, confirmed that he reluctantly closed the doors at his Carrboro establishment. The reason is plain ol' competition, he said: "Too many Mexican restaurants in the area, and more opening every day." There are still four Bandido's locations in the Triangle: Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and two in Durham. Then he told me he has something new planned for Carrboro: a Cajun restaurant called Crawdaddy's Cajun Café. He's gutting the former Bandido's space to "start over from scratch" with a new menu and a small stage for live music—a "very funky, very fun, vibrant restaurant." He plans to open Jan. 14.


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          1. re: SenorSuarez

            I'm with you LulusMom, Morrocan food. The owners of Sandwich could *mmm*
            but hey, I've never been to Bandidos, for good reason, Carburrito's is nearby. Give me something new & good & I'll show up!

          2. jesusGod i am so excited about this restaurant! i have been looking for a decent bowl of gumbo for the last four years! and crawfish! mountains of crawfish!

            1. Sign in the window as I rode by on the bus last night said (I think) that they were open for dinner Monday night.

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              1. re: brokegradstudent

                as in this coming Monday night or starting last night? Yippee! Now we (ok: I) just have to hope they sell booze ...

                  1. re: brokegradstudent

                    Thanks so much! Can't wait to check it out.

              2. They opened for lunch for the first time today. I am by no means an expert on Cajun food, but here are some thoughts.

                The service was immediate, friendly, and attentive. Got seated, served, and checked out within 20 minutes. There were plenty of tables. The atmosphere is kitchy (Suck my head, pinch my tail, EAT ME!) with lots of gold, purple, and green, but pleasant. The owner was attentive.

                The food (again, not a cajun talking here) is not what I'd call gourmet. The Po Boy (I had fried crawfish) was standard shredded iceberg lettuce and standard watery tomatoes on a standard grocery store slab of toasted French bread. The crawfish were hefty, lightly fried with a pleasant flavor. The sauce on the side reminded me strongly of the "Heinz and Hellman's" sauce my parents "made" from scratch to serve with shrimp.

                That said, the gumbo was pretty tasty. I like what I make at home better, but this was hearty and pleasantly spicy with lots of big chunks and not too much rice.

                The lunch special (1/2 a po boy and a cup of soup) was 5.95, perfectly reasonable for what you get. The nearby Sandwich is overpriced, but in general I prefer it for its gourmet ingredients. If you're jonesing for gumbo in particular, this seems like a good fix.

                1. there gumbo is a tomato-y/chicken one! i'm so sad!

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                  1. re: epicuriosity_filled_the_kat

                    hack, sorry, my computer went haywire; that post was for something different; the gumbo at crawdaddys is actually really good.

                  2. I was looking forward to something different, but we left with mixed reviews. First, the service was terrible--OK, that happens--but the clueless waitress pushed the dessert 3 times while we were eating, and she never cleared our plates when we were finished. I had crabcakes which barely held together. Nothing on my plate was served hot. My husband had the tilapia, which he liked. Neither of us could finish our red beans & rice, so large portions if you're looking for that. I would have preferred quality over quantity.

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                    1. re: vjp

                      My family and I have heard about this place for two weeks. We drove down from Greensboro last night for our "Fat Tuesday" meal. It was fabulous and I was amazed at the service considering how busy they were. This was perfect Cajun fare for us considering my wife and four boys are novice Cajun eaters. The spicing was perfect and the portions were great as well as the pricing point. I suggest the alligator appetizer and the gumbo. Also my oldest son loved the catfish! We ended with the best chocolate cake and pecan pie we all had ever eaten. I shall return soon.

                      1. re: EggmanWalrus

                        Quick question: does "the spicing was perfect" for novice cajun eaters mean that it wasn't particularly spicy?

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          Spicing was perfect means my kids ate it. It also means I have eaten in New Orleans and unlike other Cajun Restaurants I have been to in the Triangle and Traid, these guys do not over spice. You get a Cajun taste without some crazy hot/salty psuedo spicing. I actually went back there this week with a good friend and it was good again. The owner was there and seemed to be a nice guy. This last time I had a "po' boy" and it was exactly how I remember po' boys in the French Quarter. Can't wait till my next visit to Carrboro!

                    2. Does anyone know what kind of coffee they serve at Crawdaddy? I guess the NOLA staples are CC or Cafe du Monde, what about specialty drinks (espresso etc)?

                      1. Crawdaddy's closed this year: the location is now occupied by a BBQ restaurant.