Ever in search of a good Po Boy for take out, I went to a new restaurant last night, Bud's Louisiana Food Shoppe. Bud's opened about one month ago, and despite its name, it does not sell ingredients. But it does have wonderful Cajun and Creole concoctions.
I had the Seafood Bisque (cup $3.50/ bowl $7.50). Lightly creamy and full of flavor. The spicing was just right: rich from the cream; earthy from the corn; while it still spoke of the sea, from the generous helping of crawfish, crab, and shrimp.
I also had the Oyster Po Boy ($7.95). The roll and cornmeal "breading" were both excellent. The Remoulade was okay. But I was a disappointed by the oysters themselves. Either Bud's bought especially tiny oysters (New Orleans oysters should not be too small) or it cut the oysters into pieces. Either way, the ratio of cormeal to oyster was off. And since the cornmeal was just fine, it's the oysters that need improving.
Enough bitching. Bud's will definitely be on my regular takeout rotation from here on.
The gumbo includes andouille, and I don't eat sausage. But I'm looking forward to the shrimp creole and crawfish etouffe as well as more of that sublime seafood bisque.
Bud's Louisiana Food Shoppe
2034 Kettner Blvd. #12
(this is the same block as The Waterfront)
Mon-Fri, 11:00 - 7:00