Food Review: Cajun Cafe on the Bayou by Mike Torregrossa

Saltyshores is adding some food reviews.  thanks Mike!



Let me start this off by saying that I’m not an expert on food or do I pretend to be.  I smoke, dip, and drink often so my palate might not be in top shape or agree with some.  Also I will not be reviewing restaurants by any means.  This will be more like a restaurant recommendation blog, who wants to hear about crappy restaurants; it’s a waste of time and I don’t want to affiliate Saltyshores or myself with any negative vibes.  My goal is to help people experience some unique dinning that they would not have normally had a chance to visit.  Also I am not and will not have any association to the restaurants I recommend.  If you have a restaurant that you would like to share or you have questions or comments you can email me @

Have you ever come a across a restaurant and you think to yourself damn I wish I would have known about this place before.  That place to me is the “Cajun Café on the Bayou” located in Pinellas Park, Florida.  It has everything that I look for when going out for a bite to eat.  A notable beer selection, laid back atmosphere, and great food!  I couldn’t believe that we had a little taste of Louisiana in our own back yard and I was just finding out about this place.  I was tipped off to this place by a good bud of mine so I thought that I could return the favor to the readers of Saltyshores.

Bread Pudding

They have over 80 beers to choose from so you’re pretty much guaranteed to find one you like.  One of my favorites is the Abita Amber; I highly recommend trying one or eight.  The atmosphere is something you would expect if you were dining in Louisiana.  Zydeco music in the background and outdoor seating on the water, it doesn’t get much better than that.  They also have a have a stage for touring acts.

The menu is loaded with all the Cajun favorites you could imagine and some.  From their Crawfish Etoufeé to their Jambalaya you are sure to find a great dish that will bring you back craving some more.  I would recommend starting off with the boiled crawfish, if you don’t know how to eat them one of their helpful wait staff will gladly show you how.

For your entrée you can’t go wrong ordering the Alligator Sauce Piquant or the Catfish Court Bouillon.  I like it spicy and those dishes are full of heat and taste!  Don’t worry they are quick to serve you up with a cold beer if you are in need of a cool down.

Make sure you save room for the bread pudding; it’s out of this world!

So if you are ever in the Tampa bay area make sure you give the “Cajun Café on the Bayou” a try you will not be disappointed…

PRICE: Affordable

DRESS:  Causal


ADDRESS: 8101 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park Florida, 33781
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