Billy Jack's Po'Boys - new Cajun restaurant
I noticed a new cajun place on Bloor West recently. Has anyone been?
Just noticed this place today! Looking at the menu on their web site, seems strange that the po boys are all the same price whether it's oyster, hamburger or fried green tomatoes.
Wow! Looks really good! Can't wait to hear from someone who's been! Another place with fried chicken on the menu...that always excites me!
Okay, been there done that.
Firs off, if you're going for a Po Boy you need to keep one thing in mind. The bread is wrong. Bill (owner) couldn't source a correct bread so he uses chiabata. It's from ACE so it's terrific bread but I don't think it's a good match. That said, the Oyster Po Boy I had was a damn fine sandwich. Very good oyster flavour with a good compliment of dressing, lettuce, tomato and pickle.
The side I chose were Hushpuppies and they weren't very good. They tasted nice. Had bits of onion in them but they were waaaaay too dense. I pointed it out to Bill and he agreed. He's tinkering with it and can't quite get it exactly as he wants.
I offered up a couple suggestions.
All in all, given the limitations of the bread he has at his disposal I'd have to say, "So far so good." Certainly has potential.
I ate here a few weeks ago. I was a bit suspect of the place when I saw it, but after the first few dishes came out, I felt better. There was two families eating and we ordered lots of food. We had the fried pickles and tomatoes, pretty good. A pulled pork po boy and dinner, tasty, but I didn't like the roll the po boy was on. That definitely needs work. The oyster po boy I tried was sorta gross. The oyster (I'm a big fan of oysters) had an off taste to it. The fried chicken was tasty on the outside but the meat was bland and I'm sure it was marinated or perhaps even seasoned before the coating went on it. Hush puppies and the sauces that came with the sides were pretty good. By the end of the meal, all the adults agreed that it was too much deep fried stuff. We all had a good time, but it was a very expensive dinner for what we had and I don't think we'll return.