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Jun 3, 2011 01:33 PM

Jazzy's Cajun Cafe (Tampa)

For the last few weeks, a small shack on North Boulevard just north of the river has displayed a banner promising a new cajun restaurant. Today, balloons went up and chairs came out so I decided to stop in for lunch. The shack, which formerly housed a seafood shop, is very small. A sign posted on the door requests that only one person enter at a time to order. In truth my wife and I both fit inside (but when the postman showed up we did feel inclined to exit). We ordered seafood gumbo, a muffuletta, and a debris (roast beef) po' boy. I thought the seafood gumbo was outstanding. It was packed with flavor much of it coming from the generous quantity of seafood. One nice thing about the sandwiches is that you can order them in half size. This allowed me to try both the muffuletta and the debris po' boy. I wouldn't have gone for the debris except for the fact that the fryer was down. I am glad it was or I may have never discovered how wonderful Jazzy's version of this sandwich is. The juicy and well seasoned meat was made even better by a very nice gravy; all of this on a simple but perfect roll. The muffuletta was also good, but I am coming to the realization that I may not be a huge fan of this sandwich. Whenever I eat a muffuletta, all I can think about is that I would rather be eating an Italian sandwich. I know that is not fair but what can you do? Jazzy's is still in a soft-opening; nonetheless, I fully recommend stopping by. For me, living around the corner, it is going to be a great addition to my neighborhood dining. I can't wait to see what kinds of things come out of the fryer. Hopefully, that will get straightened out soon.

P.S. In case you are wondering, I don't think there is any connection to Jazzy's BBQ.

Jazzy's Cajun Cafe

2111 N. Boulevard

Tampa, FL 33602

T-Th: 10-8

F-Sat.: 10-9

Sun. 10-7

Closed Mondays

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    1. what has two thumbs and is going to try Jazzy's ASAP?

      (THIS guy!)

      1. Went today, Jambalaya was excellent, and a good value quantity wise. Debris po boy lacked flavor. Owner was very nice. Place will make it or not solely on food quality. I'll go back in a month.

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        1. re: herbert1

          Going solely on the basis of one meal, I am confident the owner can nail down quality and consistency. You are right about the portions, Herbert. The seafood gumbo was so large and full of seafood, I was concerned there was not much profit in it. I am surprised that your debris po'boy was lacking something. Mine wasn't. My wife was getting pretty grabby with my po'boy which is usually a sign that something special is going on. I will go back soon and let you know whether your sandwich was the anomaly or mine.

          1. re: CFishman

            I also thought about the profit issue. Looks like the overhead is going to be about as low as you can get in a stand alone restaurant. I agree, tables outside are needed. Told the owner about this website, so he might show up here.

        2. Went there Tuesday. Loved the debris poboy. The guy was great and you can tell he loves what hes doing. my wife really enjoyed the pork/bean salad. I also got the seafood gumbo and etouffee. Not a huge fan of his etouffee (it was the tangy style that i am not a fan of), but his seafood gumbo had good flavor and some nice light heat. this will be a great go-to cheap lunch spot. needs tables though.

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