Cajun King: cajun and soul food wrapped up in a buffet
One of the best things about touring the southern part of Louisiana is the food. I could literally map out a vacation down there around restaurants, stretching from Lafayette to New Orleans. And although it’s been several years since I was last there, my brunch at Cajun King brought back plenty of memories. And the reason is because one of the owners, Simeon Adda (Ken Mills is the other owner), lived in New Orleans and learned to cook there.
Cajun King is buffet-only — all you can eat and one-price-fits-all. The buffet is $8.99 and provides a little taste of everything, with around 20 items. The brunch buffet, which adds standard breakfast fare in addition to all of the regular items, is $9.99 and available on the weekends. Kids 5 and under are free while kids 6-12 are $5.99. This isn’t necessarily my favorite restaurant model since it means you’re likely going to eat too much and also have to spend at least $12 per person after tax and tip, but the upside is that you get to try everything any time you go.
Now, I’m not going to get into an essay on the differences between Soul food, Creole food and Cajun food. It seems to me that Cajun King is serving up a very unique mix of all of the three that I haven’t found elsewhere in the city, and let me just say that it works. The food is delicious and the service is outstanding.
As soon as you sit down, piping hot catfish fillets and fresh beignets are placed before you. Now, let’s just talk about this catfish for a minute. It’s called catfish almondine and if it were the only thing this place served I would still recommend you try it. I’m not even a catfish fan, but I couldn’t get enough the day we went. The thin strips of fish are very lightly battered and fried and served with some sort of sweet, creamy dijon sauce (tiger sauce) that is fabulous. Every comment I’ve ever heard about Cajun King raves about the catfish. I am raving about the catfish. Let’s just sum up this review right now — you need to go try this catfish.
Honestly, by the time I stuffed myself with catfish, I only had room for a few bites from the buffet, but I persevered. The crawfish etoufee was tasty and rather spicy, which I liked, with a thick gravy flavored with green onions. It’s typically served over rice, which is also available on the buffet. I had a couple of bites of the blackened pork chop, which was okay, but nothing really outstanding. It was a little overdone that day, which is maybe why I wasn’t crazy for it. The red beans and rice did not disappoint, as they are slowly cooked with ham hocks.
Other buffet items include gumbo, white beans, jambalaya, fried chicken (which I’ve heard from other friends is fabulous), blackened chicken pasta, potatoes au gratin and collard greens. I’m sorry to say I couldn’t get through the other twelve buffet items, so here’s your warning — go through the buffet before you taste the catfish, or you’re doomed.
My husband did manage a bowl of the homemade bread pudding, and my bite expertly topped off the meal with its wonderful, buttery sweet sauce on top.
Word is slowly spreading out about Cajun King, and I’m glad. We don’t have nearly enough cajun restaurants in this town, and Cajun King is bringing something completely unique in their approach to it. Decor is a little lacking inside and it’s not very polished, but as any regular reader of EatAroundOKC knows, that’s really more of a badge of honor than a complaint!
Despite its buffet-only model, I think Cajun King definitely deserves your attention. So give it a try, and let us know what you think in the comments below. I’m anxious to see what you think.