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Bud's Louisiana Food Shoppe (San Diego)


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Bud's Louisiana Food Shoppe (San Diego)

mangiatore | Mar 14, 2007 09:30 AM

In November of 2005, with the Gulf Coast still reeling from Hurricane Katrina, I traveled to New Orleans to attend my friends' wedding. We were some of the first "tourists" to visit. It was a virtual ghost town, but the French Quarter was trying to pick up the pieces. With the reconstruction effort in full swing, restaurants had someone to feed. As you might imagine, I tried everything I could get my hands on while I was there (five days), and it was one of the most educational culinary experiences I've ever had. The food was amazing.

With that in mind, I'm trying to figure out why I don't eat at Bud's Louisiana Food Shoppe (Little Italy) every week. I'm no expert on Louisiana cuisine, but it seems to me they're doing an outstanding job, and it's a great value for the price. I ate there for the second time last night. Here are the dishes I've tried.


Cajun Jambalaya $8.95
A spicy dish of smoked chicken, Andouille sausage and Tasso (Cajun smoked ham) with caramelized onions, celery, and bell pepper. Served with rice and sauce piquant.

Almost as good as what I had in N.Orleans. The rice wasn't quite as creamy, but overall it was fantastic.


Creole Jambalaya $11.95
Shrimp and crawfish sautéed with a splash of Creole tomato sauce then tossed with rice, smoked chicken, spicy Andouille sausage and Tasso with caramelized onions, celery, and bell pepper.

This is what my date had. Same assessment as above.


Seafood Gumbo cup $4.95 bowl $8.95
A New Orleans classic soup with shrimp, crab, crawfish, Andouille sausage, and okra in a dark roux with seafood stock.

This is the best thing I've tried at Bud's. Savory, spicy and complex. As good as the gumbo I had in N.Orleans.


New Orleans BBQ Shrimp Po Boy $8.95
Shrimp sauteed in garlic, Worcestershire, black & cayenne pepper, and butter. Served
with shredded cabbage and jalapeno tartar sauce. Add a cup of Red Beans & Rice for $1.95.

This is what I had last night. IMO, the Po Boy was too small and didn't have enough kick. The red beans and rice were to die for! Spicy, rich, flavorful...


Fried Catfish Plate $8.95
Cornmeal battered fried catfish with jalapeno tartar sauce and a choice of a side Caesar salad or a cup of red beans and rice.

A friend had this plate and loved it, especially the red beans and rice.


Bud's Louisiana Food Shoppe
2034 Kettner Blvd, #12
San Diego, CA 92101

Tuesday through Saturday
Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Closed Sunday and Monday
phone 619-239-4210
fax 619-239-6210

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