food and wineIssue 30

Cajun Flavor at Bayou Bar and Grill

By Ashley Stinson

Located on 13th St., Bayou Bar and Grill brings authentic Cajun flavor to downtown Modesto. If you’re looking for Southern food that will fill you up, with a kick of spice that you won’t be able to resist, this is your place. Bayou Bar and Grill has reworked its menu just in time for fall, and with exciting new options as well as many fan favorites returning, there’s sure to be something that will knock your socks off.

Bayou Bar and Grill is focusing on bringing more amazing Cajun cooking to the Valley, and their new dishes will make you feel like you’ve stepped right into Louisiana. You can grab a plate of Cajun jerked chicken, served alongside traditional red beans and dirty rice.

Or, if you’re looking for something even more down-home Southern, you can try the new crawfish etouffee, which combines the Cajun delicacy of crawfish with a flavorful sauce that will have you licking your plate clean. If you were already a fan of Bayou Bar and Grill’s jambalaya or shrimp and grits, have no fear—those dishes are staying put, so you can continue to enjoy them.

Every Wednesday night at Bayou Bar and Grill, you can stop by and enjoy karaoke night. There’s no extra charge to participate in karaoke, and while happy hour usually lasts from 4 to 7 p.m., on Karaoke Wednesdays you can take advantage of happy hour all the way up until closing. Which means you can also take advantage of Bayou Bar and Grill’s new small plates, which are perfect for sharing alongside some good drinks, among a group of friends.

Small plates are tapas style, so you can eat and enjoy a number of different dishes as a group. Grab a beer and get a little messy with a plate of peel and eat shrimp, or enjoy some fried okra or crab cakes. For a Cajun twist on a bar classic, be sure to try the Bayou poppers—jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, bacon, and Andouille sausage. You might not be able to stop at just a single order.

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