Rachel and I tried to go to Sweetie Pie and Poppy's in Oakland, but I guess they have a Sunday buffet, which was somewhat off putting, so we opted for La Bayou on Adeline near Ashby BART instead. La Bayou, which was intriguing as it boasted alligator (25 bite size bits for $7.99 over fries) -- however, when we went in we found an elderly Korean man behind the counter (at least I assume he was Korean given that the only non-Cajun thing on the menu was Korean BBQ). The alligator tasted like chicken, only slightly tougher, but it was covered in cornmeal (I'm not so sure that they were fried very much) so it was hard to taste the actual meat. When we asked how the cajun fries were different than the regular fries -- the guy said: "They're undescribable. You just have to try them for yourself." I was somewhat skeptical of this place, but I thought I'd give him the benefit of the doubt given the former existence of Thai-American Express Café in Silver Lake, CA with the 2nd most amazing burgers ever, and the Thai-owned Absolute Bagels in NYC. The verdict? It was ok -- Rachel enjoyed her fried catfish, saying that it was too greasy and that the fish was moist on the inside.
La Bayou Cajun & Creole Cafe
3278 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703