Last week I made my first return visit to Cajunators since their soft opening at Truckeroo in August. As each day's menu is posted to Twitter, I've been a bit disappointed I don't recall seeing jambalaya return to the menu since that day because I enjoyed it, evidenced by the 3.5 honks it received. Figuring an updated review was due, I headed out to find the Cajunators truck when they were nearby and decided to try a couple new-to-me offerings. First, the fried chicken. OK, so fried chicken isn't new to me, and I normally go for grilled/griddled or baked/roasted chicken, but this was well seasoned in a flavorful batter and not greasy. You can select 3 pieces from the usual suspects of thigh, wing, drumstick, breast, with one side for $8. All-in-all, a tasty-great deal.
And then I thought I should actually get something more cajun than just the seasoning on my fries, and lucky-for-me, the menu offers a side of gumbo for $3. Perfect, I'll have that! Now, what's gumbo, because clearly I have no idea? Actually, other than jambalaya (including one of my favorite dishes to prepare for myself at home, pasta jambalaya,) I haven't personally experienced much in the way of food from the Big Easy. In my head I had the idea gumbo was kind of like jambalaya but more soup-y. Apparently I was wrong because when I got back to my office and opened the bag, frankly I was a little scared to see a small cup of a dark sludge-looking concoction.
Once I stirred it around a bit, I found some tender white rice at the bottom. "OK, I can do this..." Chicken and andouille, and (as I've now educated myself) probably okra along with other vegetables. A little spice, a little tang ... The whole thing was altogether delightful, despite an unexpected impression at first gander. While it wasn't the soup-ish selection I was expecting on a rainy winter day, I'll go back again for more. Sticking with 3.5 honks.