Cajun Dave's
 Kent, Ohio         Date of Visit  03/05/11   

I have been driving to Kent several times a week for years now and there are so many places we had never tried. Cajun Dave’s is one I didn’t know existed. I have it on good authority however, from bona fide Louisianans, that the Po-boys here are about as good as you are going to get in this area. Now I have never had a Po-boy. I have had subs, hoagies, torpedoes, Cubans, heroes, grinders, and so on. Is a Po-boy any different? Well, until I get opportunity to slide into the Big Easy for some serious epicurean gluttony and tomfoolery, Cajun Dave’s will be my only real resource.



Tasty and Well Done Catfish

Located inside the Water Street Tavern, Cajun Dave’s appears to be something of a symbiotic growth that sprung up on the side of the bar one night. The bar is nicer than I had expected with a small rectangular bar and televisions everywhere you might glance. There are several tables and chairs where you can enjoy adult libations or Cajun staples. At least Ohio’s version of either. You should hear the signature drink at the Water Street, you wouldn’t want to say it out-loud in some places, and you probably shouldn’t drive for about three days after imbibing. But we were here for food, Cajun food, we’ll save the mind and life numbing for later.

Appetizers are the special on Saturdays and we started with a couple of options. The Corn-Crusted Mississippi Catfish Bites were served with a chipotle pepper tartar sauce. The corn crust is awfully crunchy and tasty. The fish was steaming hot and moistly flaky. It was a super start. The only thing I would nitpick about would be the sauce. There seems to be a balancing agent missing. Maybe some acid or something with a smack of sweet would help, the current could be replaced with heavy cream and a few twists of black pepper.

Bummer Tot's, I'll Go With OreIda

Surprisingly Delicious BBQ Sandwich

Great Bun, Hot Shrimp, Cold Veggies, Hot Sauce, Awesome

The Whole She-Bang

The other app did not deliver anywhere near as well on its promise. House made Russet potato tots with smoked Gouda & Cheddar cheeses were served with a chipotle ranch dipping sauce. You could taste Gouda, the outside of the tots were fried to a rich dark brown, the potato was done through. They just didn’t work for me at all, with or without the sauce that differed little from the catfish variety. Flavor, texture, the whole shebang, was epically disappointing, most went unconsumed.

The sandwiches were both long on quality though. The surprise to me was the BBQ Pork sandwich on a toasted brioche roll. You could get it with either Ancho, spicy Cajun, or southern sweet homemade BBQ sauces and get it topped with sweet and sour coleslaw. Steph ordered the southern sweet with slaw. The pork had a distinct and deep smokiness and was itself rich and succulent. The roll was gorgeous and the slaw did an excellent job of cutting through the ridiculous goodness that was the rest of the sandwich. The Po boy came with shrimp coated in the same corny delish coating and set atop a crusty French roll, adorned with tomato, lettuce and mayo. The little condiment table had a bottle of Louisiana’s Pure Crystal Hotsauce. After trying a shrimp and a bite of the sandwich I took it over to the table and gave it a dousing of hot sauce. MMMmmmmmm. Glorious. The big surprise of the evening was the side we got with the sandwiches. Cajun Dave’s Style Fresh-cut Fries. The fresh cut fries are Creole seasoned and topped with roast beef debris gravy, melted cheddar cheese, and drizzled with creamy horseradish sauce. I have seen the debris used in places like Chicago, it is the leftovers in the bottom of the pan after slow roasting beef roasts. This is a disgustingly wonderful concoction!!! Diets be damned! Our journey to Cajun Dave’s has only served to whet our appetites for the real deal down on the water. Until then I suspect we would be best served by making several dressed rehearsal chow down stops at Cajun Dave’s. Sometimes life just isn’t fair.

The Fries Are so Good Here are 2 Pics. Check out the Beef!!!




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