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speyerer May 26, 2011 11:46 AM

I would appreciate a recommendation to a good Cajun/Creole restaurant in the Austin area.

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    OKMAX May 27, 2011 07:24 AM

    Try the trailer that just moved to Rio Grande & 15th St. called Osmos Kitchen. They have great PoBoys, Gumbo, Dirty Rice and Platters. I personally like the fried Oysters.

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      speyerer May 27, 2011 07:47 AM

      OKMAX, you have posted twice on Chowhound and both times you recommended Osmo's Kitchen, Are you affiliated with this enterprise?
      Others have reported " the food isn't good enough to endure the terrible customer service"

    2. dinaofdoom May 27, 2011 08:10 AM

      a few people have recently posted positive reviews for the french quarter cafe.
      it's in the same spot as mama roux's, and run by friends of the amrs.
      i got a restaurant.com certificate to give it a try.

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        amykragan May 27, 2011 09:50 AM

        I would recommend French Quarter Grill in the former Mama Roux's location. Very similar and starting to do coupons, etc. to advertise.

        I also like the Gumbo's in Round Rock (not affiliated with the others)

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          Oyster Boy May 27, 2011 10:03 AM

          Are the prices the same? I thought Mama Roux's slightly overpriced. I went numerous times and the priced jumped at some point. French Quarter Gill is still on my list to try

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            amykragan May 27, 2011 01:06 PM

            I'm really not sure. The prices did seem a bit high but the portions were pretty large. You could probably do 1 appetizer and 1 entree to share with 2 folks.

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        achtungpv May 27, 2011 09:05 AM

        Evangeline Cafe on Brodie is really good and owned by a guy from Lake Charles (IIRC).

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          NirvRush May 27, 2011 07:24 PM

          second that, Evangeline is great.

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            drdelicious May 30, 2011 07:04 AM

            Evangeline is the only one that comes close.

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              Helind May 30, 2011 10:19 AM

              I avoid all of them. It's just too disappointing. Though, the last time I went to New Orleans I was unable to pace myself and overindulged on the very first day:) Maybe I should go to Evangeline every once in a while.

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          Oyster Boy May 27, 2011 09:59 AM

          I have enjoyed the crawfish etouffee at Cypress grill on William Cannon. Also the Atchafalaya catfish, which is fried and covered in the aforementioned etouffee. I wish they would use a different type of fish other than farm raised catfish though. In my opinion, farm-raised catfish is an abomination and so is tilapia. The boudin ball appetizer was tasty as well. I find the fried food generally fried very well here.

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            dinaofdoom May 27, 2011 11:11 AM

            i am also really sick of the tilapia trend in dining.
            don't know enough about farm-raised catfish, though.

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              achtungpv May 27, 2011 11:43 AM

              Did tilapia even exist 10 years ago? It's the quite possibly the most bland piece of seafood I've ever had. It must be some renamed trash fish like chilean sea bass that breeds like a rabbit on ecstasy. There's no other reason for it to be so popular.

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                dinaofdoom May 27, 2011 01:01 PM

                after i posted that, i looked it up on wikipedia to see if it went through a rebranding.
                it's my understanding that it's a name given to several different fish in the same family or something like that.
                but yeah, it seems like tilapia is the default these days.

                and to stay on topic:
                some people really like sambet's for po boys, gumbo etc.
                i'm not a big fan-- overpriced and oversalted has been my experience.

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                  rudeboy May 27, 2011 03:08 PM

                  I agree with the overpriced and oversalted food at Sambets. Plus, I once went to the most terrible crawfish boil there one time. Poor, desecrated crawfish (to be cooked in such a horrid manner).

                  I do like the gumbo, the crawfish, and the big pork chop at Shoal Creek saloon. It is a little pricey, but they have daily specials.

                  I've been eating Basa at home lately, HEB sells it as "Pangasius." The filets take on flavor well, but are strong enough to hold up....not disintegrating in a dish, say, like etoufee. Half the time, tilapia tastes muddy to me. It used to be rather infrequent, but it's too big of a chance to take anymore. Seems like other people don't notice that flavor when I do.

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                    verily May 27, 2011 04:35 PM

                    Tilapia was forever ruined for me after watching an episode of Dirty Jobs.

                    Staying on topic, I avoid Sambet's like the plague. The place looks dirty and that normally doesn't deter me (I still like to eat at La Tapatia), but this one seems especially grungy. The service is abominably slow and the food overpriced for what you get.

                    I live way up in CP within spitting distance of Stuffed. They're great for when I want to cook stuff for folks. When I don't, I like to take people all the way down south to Evangeline. It's got a good vibe, the prices aren't too bad, and I love their fried seafood.

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                      dinaofdoom May 28, 2011 08:24 PM

                      i feel the same way about sambet's (and la tapatia).

                      stuffed is definitely good for cajun/creole home cooking (or reheating).

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              brentwood May 27, 2011 05:29 PM

              Can anyone give any info on the Lee's Hurricane Party trailer? It's parked in the "Longhorn Food Court" on MLK & Rio Grande. Their sign promises catfish & gumbo.

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                zaxdad1969 May 31, 2011 03:13 PM

                The new LHP trailer is the big Airstream behind the red trailer. I had the cajun fried catfish and have bumped it up an extra piece every visit. I have sampled the gumbo and its good too. The covered seating and the great service is a great plus. My friends say try the crawfish tacos, I just havent moved past the catfish.

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                  brentwood May 31, 2011 04:03 PM

                  Thanks, I'll have to check it out!

              2. speyerer Jun 2, 2011 08:51 AM

                We decided to go really casual after trooping through the botanic garden in 100º temp. We stopped by the Quality Seafood Market and had a cold beer a dozen raw and a couple of shrimp po-boys. The place was very crowded, we ate at the bar, the wait staff was very friendly and efficient.
                All in all it was a pleasant experience. Thanks for the recommendations, I'll keep them in mind for our next visit.
                We also brought home a boatload of cajun delights from "Stuffed" Cajun Meat Market.

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