It seems years since Memphis has had a restaurant serving authentic Cajun and/or Creole dishes. It's been a big hole in the local restaurant scene.
Bluff City Bayou (694 Madison, near downtown) got a great write-up a few months back, so Tuesday we tried it. Taste buds were watering as we walked in the door!
Somewhat of a disappointment. First, you order from a cashier just inside the door, then you pick up your food at the kitchen serving counter when it's ready. Together, we ordered Red Beans & Rice ... and Seafood Jambalaya. Both were lacking in the natural seasoning (Kick Ass) area, though they did have bottles of Tabasco sauce on the tables.
Since it takes at least 2 of something to make a word plural, there were just over enough red beans to qualify as beanS. The "seafood" jambalaya, I felt, was a little watered down and it, like the beans, had just enough popcorn shrimp pieces in it to qualify for the label "seafood."
Prices were moderate, which was a plus. Get there before 11.30 or you're going to have a parking problem in what looks to be a seedy back area.
AND QUESTION: There is a tip jar next to the cashier who takes your order. WHO are you tipping? And for what? YOU serve yourself. What is dining etiquette on this?
We left still feeling there is a void in the Cajun/Creole scene in Memphis. Anybody tried Cayenne Moon?
Trying CASABLANCA (Middle Eastern) next, in the Cooper/Young area. This was Morocco little over a year ago and located near the UM campus. THERE they had the best schwarma in Memphis!