Probably choosing to eat at a “Cajun” restaurant as one returns from a trip to Louisiana is asking for disappointment. And disappointment is what my family and I got at The Cajun Corner in Eufaula, Alabama.
The food was acceptable, but the service was some of the worst we've come across in decades of restaurant dining. There seemed to be one “trained” waitress working there, and some very disinterested, unskilled, high school-girl “helpers.” These young bus-girls demonstrated that they knew very little about the food, and even less about trying to satisfy customers. The attitude of the staff and the atmosphere of the eatery was dismal.
Later, at our motel, I casually (and in a neutral tone of voice) mentioned the “unusual service” we had received at The Cajun Corner. The desk clerk said, “Yeah, they're always like that. Kind of disorganized.” Amen!
But about the food. After a seemingly interminable wait, the Seafood Gumbo ($3.95 for a cup; $6.95 for a bowl) showed up. The broth or stock of the soup was thin and watery, but the stew was, as the menu promised, “Loaded [well, not quite!] with shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage, red beans, onion, bell pepper and cajun spices.” It tasted pretty good.
Our son Jonathan chose the Lunch Salad ($3.95), “a bed of mixed greens with bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, mandarin oranges and craisins, and garnished with mozzarella cheese and homemade baked croutons.” — Not Cajun, but enjoyable, according to Jonathan.
The “novelty” dessert, Reese's Peanut Butter Pie ($2.95 a slice), was glowingly described by daughter Sarah as “rich, creamy, and delicious.” It consisted of a dark chocolate crumb crust and a light peanut-butter flavored cheesecake filling, topped with Reese's Peanut Butter Cup bits, chocolate syrup, and peanut butter sauce.
This place could be so much better than it is! Maybe the owner needs to give his people a pep talk, or pay increases; or find willing, happy workers. The Cajun Corner might be worth a try, but I wouldn't count on it.
The Cajun Corner's Seafood Gumbo.
Reese's Peanut Butter Pie.
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