Chuck said as we walked through the doors of Bayou Country General Store.
Somehow, my sense of direction here is completely off. I thought that Slidell was due east of New Orleans. Actually, it is north and the road crosses Lake Pontchartrain. And, at the first exit to Slidell lies the Bayou Country General Store.
“Bayou Country carries just about everything. They have one of the largest selections of hot sauce in the area, if not the largest. They stock all kinds of local seasonings and make fresh pralines in the store. They have plenty of snacks and novelty foods, along with
“kettles” behind the counter. There is a special of the day, that day’s being crawfish pasta. There is something called Jambalaya Nachos. (I don’t even want to think about these.) There are grilled wraps and poor boys. And a “combo” with a half poor boy and cup of gumbo or bisque or side of jambalaya.
We both went with the poor boy combo and our poor boy choices included a Cajun Club, Roast Beef, Muffaletta, BBQ Pork, Hot Sausage, and Pulled Smoked Chicken. Chuck selected the Hot Sausage with corn and crab bisque. The bisque had great flavor.
The Hot Sausage poor boy was HOT. The split link was very spicy, and the sandwich was spread with the café’s own Cajun Mayo that contained almost an excess of spice. Blue Bayou presses their poor boys like one would do with the traditional Cuban sandwich, and since the roll became extra crusty, I found this to be an appealing variation.
My selection was the Pulled Smoked Chicken with a side of
On the other hand, the sandwich was quite good. It was also pressed and contained the same spicy mayo, lettuce, tomato, and lots of moist and smoky chicken. The smoky flavor was deceptive and almost made one think that the sandwich also contained bacon—which it didn’t.
This is not a place that we would necessarily return to, but still merits 3.5 Addies.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.