For three decades, diners have been delighting in the spectacular sunset views from the same spot in Daphne. Despite the stellar location right off the interstate overlooking Mobile Bay, the restaurant has changed hands on innumerable occasions. Recently, it was Bimini Bob’s, followed closely by The Compleat Angler. The new owners decided it was time for a change, and Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill was born. Boudreaux’s, owned by brothers and Daphne natives Aaron and Matt Brant, along with their cousin Michael Geronemus, believe they have a recipe for success. And perhaps they do: Boudreaux’s just celebrated its first birthday in April.
Renovations included covering the open deck and adding fire pits with cozy sofa seating. Aaron describes the cuisine as “Cajun and Creole made from scratch using quality ingredients, with a little Gulf Coast flair.”
“We offer a wide variety of flavor profiles, not just the ‘spicy’ Cajun food. We bring in fresh seafood daily and chef Scott Blackwell hand-cuts our steaks in-house.”
Best sellers include crawfish étouffée and crawfish cakes over fried green tomatoes. The po’boys, pressed panini-style, are another house specialty. Louisiana-inspired bananas Foster bread pudding, bourbon pecan pie, crème brûlée, beignets, fais do-do cake or – for old-fashioned fun – an Abita root beer float make for a sweet finale. (For chocoholics, there is a tasty gluten-free brownie served à la mode.) With a slew of cocktails, an impressive beer selection, wine by the glass or bottle and $3 well-drinks all day, every day, there’s a sip for everyone. Boudreaux’s also hosts happy hour daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and live music Wednesday through Saturday (soon to be seven days a week).
Swamp Cakes, $8
On the Menu
Savory cakes of crumbled boudin sausage are hush-puppy crisp on the outside, moist and deliciously spiced on the inside, capped with a light, lovely cream sauce laden with sautéed fresh spinach. $8
Fried crawfish bathed in a peppery cream sauce served over house coleslaw creates a delectable combo of tastes and textures that is slightly sweet and divinely fiery. $9
A hearty, tasty vegetarian entrée. Disks of tender, grilled eggplant are drizzled with sticky, sweet balsamic reduction and scattered with crumbled goat cheese — all astride flavorful, sautéed vegetables and mashed potatoes. $14
Fais Do-Do Cake
Decadent maple cream frosting and real whipped cream crown a layer of moist carrot cake atop a thick, lush base of rich, apple cinnamon cheesecake. $8
Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill • 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. M – Th, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. F & Sa, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Su
(Brunch specials served 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) • 29249 U.S. Highway 98, Daphne. 621-1991
text by sallye irvine • photo by blair abraham