Creole Cajun Bistro
January 27, 2018
Organized by: Karna and Fred
Did you know that there is a difference between Cajun and Creole style dishes? Well I certainly learned that this evening. I am sure that many a southerner has an opinion on both styles but from what I learned, Creole is more tomato based and considered “city food” and Cajun is based more on a roux made with oil and flour and considered “country food”.
Creole Cajun Bistro is a small place tucked away in a strip mall in Chandler. The menu is filled with some recognizable Louisiana dishes like Boudin Balls, Po’Boys, Etouffee, Gumbo, and Shrimp and Grits.
We started with a smatering of snacks such as fried pickles, fried alligator, and fried green tomatoes. They were all tasty but made with the same batter so they started to all taste the same.
Karna and I shared the Etouffee with tilapia, but surprisingly the tilapia was fried which tasted a little like the appetizers. We also shared the fried chicken that was served with their signature swamp sauce. The swamp sauce was not too think but was slightly sweet and slightly spicy.
On a good note, I did learn about a new cocktail called a Sazerac. Not sure if it is true, but it has been called the official cocktail of New Orleans. It starts with whisky or bourbon, which might be why I love it so much, then you add some sugar, absinthe, bitters, and lemon peel. This cocktail has some spine but with a slight sweetness. It reminds me of an Old Fashioned but yet a little different. This was definitely the highlight of the evening for me!