Calling all displaced, homesick Louisianians and people who love Cajun and Creole food -- Bud's is back!
Bud's has been in San Diego for a while, but it left its original location (Bud's Louisiana Food Shoppe) a while back. Unfortunately for me, I hadn't heard of them until I'd heard the news of the closing. It seems that all my San Diego friends just assumed I'd already known about Bud's! Having never tried it yet and having heard raves about it, I was sad to see the place go.
Luckily for me, Bud's is back with a new location in Tierrasanta.
Hubby, our friend M2, and I arranged to meet up at Bud's for a late lunch and an early start to our Fourth of July weekend.
Y'all should know that I am very skeptical about restaurants in California trying to pull off Louisiana food, but as soon as I noticed both a Cajun and a Creole jambalaya on Bud's menu, I knew that I was in store for some authentic food.
Hubby was running late, so M2 and I grabbed a couple of jalepeno corn muffins to start. Wow! Fresh jalepenos, sweet cornbread, and a generous helping of black pepper made these some of the best corn muffins I've ever had.
Bud's menu is filled with some Louisiana classics, which made it hard for me to decide on lunch. I contemplated the red beans and rice, the shrimp po'boy, and the gumbo, but ultimately decided on the andouille po'boy. This is a real Louisiana sammich and I just HAD to have it.
Hubby had the fried shrimp po'boy.
M2 had the fried erstah (that's oyster to you 'regular folk') po'boy.
All of our po'boys were scrumptious. The bread was perfect. The andouille was lean and spicy, the seafood fried to absolute perfection, the remoulade was tasty, and the Creole mustard... well, it was really Creole mustard! :)
For dessert, we shared the bread pudding, which was fantastic and served just the way I like it. Rather than giving us a congealed lump of wet bread, we got wonderful traditional egg custard filled with chunks of quality French bread and topped with a white chocolate sauce and toasted pecans. The bread still had a wonderful chew to it, which is what I look for in a bread pudding. And there was nary a raisin in sight.
We had a wonderful time talking to Bud and to a wonderful female chef (wish I'd gotten her name)! She was very cool and even talked to me about my blog and to M2 about his and his son's love of hot sauce.
I am so thrilled to know that there's a place I can go to get my Louisiana favorites without having to cook all of them myself--especially the fried seafood, which is something I don't like to cook at home.
Please be sure to check out Bud's Louisiana Cafe'. Bud and his staff have the two main qualities of true Louisianians--they'll feed you well and make you feel right at home.
Tell them Make a Roux sent you!
Bud's Louisiana Cafe
10425 Tierrasanta Blvd, #105
San Diego, CA 92124