I had the pleasure of experiencing a few great American traditions the other day. The first was pledging an oath to America and becoming a citizen of the United States. The second was a great meal at the Poor House Bistro in San Jose.
We arrived at the Poor House Bistro around 3:00pm on Wednesday afternoon. The restaurant is built in a historic era home that has been doctored up to meet code. There is a large patio for events like the live music and Mudbug boil going on this Friday. As you walk up to the building you can hear music playing, Stevie Ray Vaughn I believe it was. This set the mood and gave me high hopes! You walk in the front and to the counter to order. Sort of Armadillo Willies style where you get a pager to let you know when the food is ready.
We order the Blackened Hot wings to start. I got a cup of the Chicken & Sausage Gumbo and my girlfriend got the Poorhouse Salad. For main courses She had the Crawfish Pasta, I had the PoBoy, I chose the Cuchon de Lait it was hard to choose!
Now the details: The Blackened Hot Wings were a nice change from the usual vinegary variety. Dont get me wrong, I am a wing fanatic. I was here to eat Cajun! The wings did seem to have a smoky element so if that is not your thing, you been warned.
The Gumbo was pretty darned good, maybe the best Ive had at a restaurant. I am pretty critical about Gumbos since I make the best! So as restaurant Gumbo goes this one is good!
The Poor House Salad was awesome. The flavors danced in your mouth. The candied pecans were fresh and matched perfectly with the tangy crumbled blue cheese and sweet balsamic dressing. My only issue with the salad is that I felt the apple pieces were a little bulky; a thinner slice would have been more balanced.
The PoBoy A Winner! Heaped with slow roasted pork and crunchy slaw, it was simply appointed with tomato and pickle. A few splashes of Louisiana hot sauce and I was in drip on my shirt heaven. I pair it up with some Cajun Fries, they seemed to be fresh cut or a better than usual frozen, we couldnt tell.
The Crawfish pasta was OK. The Cajun cream sauce lacked a little flavor and the pasta was slightly overcooked. On the bright side it was totally loaded with crawfish, no skimping here! The owner replaced the uneaten portion with an order of Beignets.
The Beignets were as good as any I got in New Orleans. Heaped with powdered sugar Café du Monde style, they were hot fresh and light as a feather with a slightly chewy texture inside. The perfect finish to a good meal.
Finally some New Orleans In San Jose!!