This was a first for the Lunchcombers fork toting and taste testing duo. It was 12:30 p.m. and we were enjoying some new tastes from Daisy's Cajun Kitchen when from the back there was a blunderous crashing of plates. Out of the kitchen came our waiter flustered, ruffled and heading out the door. He had just been fired.
The warm ambiance of the dinning room disappeared. The owner, who was in the back, never came out to apologize for the disruption. The restaurant closed and three or four tables that had been seated were asked to leave. The single cook in the back explained that he could not run the place alone. We were the only ones who had been served so we were stuck inside waiting for someone to ring us up. It was an awkward 15 minutes of waiting.
Lets back up 30 minutes to where our ill-fated waiter served us authentic Cajun and Creole dishes. The menu held many items we had never had, including gator bites and frog legs. Battered and deep-fried alligator tail and frog legs will limp in as a “one and done” for me. Not saying I did not like them, but these are hit or miss dishes and I am more of a home-run diner.
The jambalaya, sweet potato fries and Dajaan's red beans and rice are up next. The fries were good, the jambalaya was equal parts good, tasty and spicy. I love it when a dish has a human tribute attached to its name, and Dajaan is a superstar with the red beans and rice. We also tried Jack's hot link po' boy. Downed with Daisy's delicious sweat tea, this po’ boy was adorned with grilled onions and packed that hot link flavor punch. More than plenty to eat on its own.
A homemade southern dessert was part of the plan, but our waiter told us that the red velvet cake was all he could offer. No sweet potato pie or peach cobbler or pecan pie, oh my. We never did get that dessert or the ability to order it at the end of our meal.
And my rating? Three forks up for the whole meal.
Deanne left the restaurant laughing, “That was the strangest lunch experience I've ever had! The sole waiter of the restaurant was fired and next thing you know the Sheriff's Department shows up. Everyone was told to leave but us. I figured the owner would come out and talk to us, since we were filming and he wanted to be part of the video, but no. He never said sorry, no explanation, nothing. It was bizarre.”
As for the food, Deanne tasted everything and gave most a three-fork rating, but loved the sweet potato fries.
“They are sugary and great!”
In the end her review isn't so glowing, “I would have probably recommended people try this place just to get a taste of something different, but honestly I can't recommend it after what was probably the worst first impression I've ever had with a restaurant. It's a shame because for the one second I met the owner, he seemed really nice.”
Entrees and po' boys range from $7.99 to $12.00
The website daisyscajun.com gives a lot of information about Daisy's catering business and the history of Mama Daisy.
Hours are Monday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.