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dagwood Jun 18, 2010 08:27 AM

I'm looking for a decent Cajun or Creole restaurant to take my husband to on Father's Day. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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    eatanddestroy Jun 25, 2010 11:54 AM

    There's Creole Cuisine in Waltham at 33 Lexington Street (in Kabab & Tandoor's old spot). It's pretty tasty. Menu only consists of five or six things and most of it rotates.

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      StriperGuy Jun 25, 2010 12:04 PM

      Creole Cuisine in Waltham appears to be Haitian Creole which is altogether different than Lousiana Cajun/Creole cuisine.

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      Creole Cuisine
      35 Lebanon St, Malden, MA 02148

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        Guido Sep 16, 2010 04:44 PM

        Anyone know anything about Highland Creole Cuisine in Somerville?

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        Highland Creole Cuisine
        2 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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          MC Slim JB Sep 16, 2010 06:43 PM

          Highland Creole Cuisine is a modest, good, homestyle Haitian restaurant. Nothing fancy. Cheap and hearty stews with a lot of beans and rice, mostly; goat, chicken, fish, griyo.

          Not what I'd call explicitly Creole/Cajun, but Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen is doing a few Southern dishes that lean that way, like fried catfish and jambalaya.

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

    2. Science Chick Jun 18, 2010 02:03 PM

      Does anyone remember the Cajun Yankee in Inman Sq.........circa 1986? I remember having a couple of excellent meals there. Wonder what happened to them..........

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        markin617 Jun 19, 2010 07:40 AM

        Unless I'm misremembering, that space became Magnolia's which then became Tupelo. Loved Cajun Yankee, Magnolia's was pretty good too. Haven't been to Tupelo yet.

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          ChinaCat Jun 24, 2010 10:59 AM

          I remember Cajun Yankee. They had a deep fried, seafood stuffed trout with brown butter hollandaise that was absolutely to die for. And probably caused heart attacks, but so very, very yummy.

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            Science Chick Jun 25, 2010 06:56 AM

            I loved their garlic shrimp with oyster pasta.......found a pearl in one of my oysters once!

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            musicman Jun 27, 2010 03:16 PM

            If you're going back that far, I'll sing the praises long and loud for Chef Chandler's, esp when he was cooking at Tim's Tavern. I still think those were probably the best meals I've eaten in Boston, period.

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              StriperGuy Jun 27, 2010 03:38 PM

              There have been MANY threads about the sad loss of Tim's Tavern... Easily best burger in Boston, and the rest of the food rocked as well.

          3. MC Slim JB Jun 18, 2010 08:30 AM

            It's actually Cajun/Vietnamese fusion, but Brother's Crawfish in Dorchester looks very promising to me: http://www.brotherscrawfish.com/ Good Globe article on the place here: http://www.boston.com/ae/food/restaurants/articles/2010/05/05/viet_cajun_arrives_in_dorchester_at_brothers_crawfish/

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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            Brother's Crawfish
            272 Adams Street, Boston, MA 02118

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              cambridgedoctpr Jun 18, 2010 09:23 AM

              i went to brother's with a native of new orleans who thought that the food was pretty authentic and good. She said that she would go back.

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                Blumie Jun 18, 2010 12:18 PM

                I've heard quite favorable reports of the crawfish at Brother's from a buddy who has been going with me to New Orleans for the last 20+ years (we haven't missed a JazzFest since 1988).

                Tupelo is another option. While not really Cajun or Creole, it's got the Southern thing down pretty good, with plenty of Cajun and Creole infuences.

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                  yumyum Jun 18, 2010 01:09 PM

                  I was going to suggest Tupelo too. I really like it, although it's not Cajun or Creole, as you've said. It's more Southern Comfort with pies. But a good choice for Dad's day I'd think.

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                    Eatin in Woostah Jun 18, 2010 02:00 PM

                    I'm a Louisiana native, and really like Tupelo, though it's not very authentic. The food is tasty, but it won't scratch the itch for real Cajun/Creole food. I haven't been to Brother's.

                    Highland Kitchen also does some decent southern food (though not Cajun/Creole.). Their hushpuppies are good (meaning not sweet.).

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                    Highland Kitchen
                    150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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                      yumyum Jun 18, 2010 02:03 PM

                      Any place you've found with good Cajun / Creole? I'd love to find blackened redfish or a nice etouffee!

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                        Eatin in Woostah Jun 18, 2010 02:07 PM

                        Sadly, no.

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                          autopi Jun 19, 2010 11:07 AM

                          not exactly what you're looking for, but the blackened fish sandwich at highland kitchen is pretty awesome.

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                            mats77 Sep 17, 2010 06:43 AM

                            Couldn't disagree more. While I enjoy Highland Kitchen every time I have had that sandwich it has been overdone in spice where you couldn't even taste the fish. That said, I haven't had it in awhile so maybe another chance is in order.

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                            Highland Kitchen
                            150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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