Thursday, April 4, 2013
Bayou Jack's Cajun Grill ~ Roanoke, Texas
We spoke about Bayou Jack's in last summer's Roundup, and this is our first opportunity to return back to eat. I hadn't given the restaurant a feature yet, so here's the official debut into the RJG. I don't have a whole lot to add to the below review, other than Mrs. RJG went for the Jambalaya this time. I tried a few forkfuls myself, and it's an excellent rendition of the classic Cajun dish. Definitely has a spicy kick, and the grilled andouille and boiled shrimp are excellently prepared. I had the blackened shrimp po'boy which is delicious, though I think they could have packed a few more shrimp into the fluffy toasted bread. I had the same dish last summer, and they certainly didn't skimp then (hopefully not a trend, but an anomaly). However, it does come with fries, which are more than enough to fill you up - and they're very good as well. We each had an Abita Amber on draught, which seems appropriate given the brewery's southern Louisiana heritage.
As I'm sure many of you will agree, good Cajun food has been tough to find in this part of DFW. You know it's bad when Popeye's is your best bet. But Bayou Jack's fills that void admirably. Blackened dishes, po boys, Jambalaya, bottom feeders, it's all here in an authentic seafood warehouse type setting (well as close as possible being in North Texas of course). So instead of detouring into the "unique dining capital" downtown of Roanoke, stay on the main highway (377) and have yourself some good Cajun food. Has a full bar too, with flat screens to keep solo travelers entertained.