For the last few weeks, a small shack on North Boulevard just north of the river has displayed a banner promising a new cajun restaurant. Today, balloons went up and chairs came out so I decided to stop in for lunch. The shack, which formerly housed a seafood shop, is very small. A sign posted on the door requests that only one person enter at a time to order. In truth my wife and I both fit inside (but when the postman showed up we did feel inclined to exit). We ordered seafood gumbo, a muffuletta, and a debris (roast beef) po' boy. I thought the seafood gumbo was outstanding. It was packed with flavor much of it coming from the generous quantity of seafood. One nice thing about the sandwiches is that you can order them in half size. This allowed me to try both the muffuletta and the debris po' boy. I wouldn't have gone for the debris except for the fact that the fryer was down. I am glad it was or I may have never discovered how wonderful Jazzy's version of this sandwich is. The juicy and well seasoned meat was made even better by a very nice gravy; all of this on a simple but perfect roll. The muffuletta was also good, but I am coming to the realization that I may not be a huge fan of this sandwich. Whenever I eat a muffuletta, all I can think about is that I would rather be eating an Italian sandwich. I know that is not fair but what can you do? Jazzy's is still in a soft-opening; nonetheless, I fully recommend stopping by. For me, living around the corner, it is going to be a great addition to my neighborhood dining. I can't wait to see what kinds of things come out of the fryer. Hopefully, that will get straightened out soon.
P.S. In case you are wondering, I don't think there is any connection to Jazzy's BBQ.
Jazzy's Cajun Cafe
2111 N. Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602